Title: Mafia Girl
Author: Deborah Blumenthal
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Pub Date: 03/01/14
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The characters in this book fell flat and weren't emotionally deep or interesting. The plot was hardly ever backed up by good reasons and most things seemed to happen because "the plot Demands it." The love story was painful - two characters with no chemistry were pushed together in such an awkward way that I cringed when they were together. Also the author has an annoying tendency to explain things way too much, and never lets the story tell them.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book lacked interesting plots or ideas. A large part of the story had no action or emotionally interesting scenes. Although the concept of the book is intriguing, it needed more work before it should have been published.
Cover: No. It didn't tempt me. What tempted me was the title and the cover didn't really have anything else to offer. Though it does look well done and reflects the story well, it really had no impact on whether I read the book or not.
Age Range: 14 through 17
Quality: 2Q Needs more work
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal
tags: coming of age / high school drama / mafia / ya lit