This book was like a lighter, funnier version of The Sopranos with a side of teen angst. I know that description sounds really strange, but I promise you it’s a pretty accurate description of what you’ll find! I thought it was pretty cool, too, that the audiobook was narrated by Max Casella — the guy who played Vinnie on Doogie Houser, MD! I always LOVED Vinnie, and it just made my day to get to listen to him read this story. 😀
Vince Luca is 17 years old. He does the best he can to lead a normal life, but it’s not exactly easy to lead a normal life when your father is a suspected kingpin in the mob. Can you even imagine how much more difficult it would be to fight with your parents if you knew the FBI was listening in and could send your dad to jail if you said the wrong thing? Even though his older brother is following in his father’s footsteps, Vince swears he wants nothing to do with the family business. But then Jimmy the Rat (one of his father’s “vending machine” business associates) comes to Vince for help, and he can’t help but feel bad enough to get involved just a little bit. If that wasn’t bad enough, Vince also gets involved with a girl named Kendra — whose father just happens to work for the FBI. Talk about star-crossed lovers! While there are plenty of allusions to the unsavory dealings of the mob, this book manages to keep a humorous tone and to steer clear of the overt obscenities and graphic violence you would expect from The Sopranos. Fast paced and lots of fun!