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  • ISBN10: 0786809205
  • ISBN13: 9780786809202
  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Hyperion

Born to Rock
by Gordon Korman

Reviewed by fred

Rating: 3 out of 5

  • Posted 6 years ago
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  • Average user rating: (3/5)

more like pop music

Leo, a straight arrow on is way to Harvard, makes a shocking(?) discovery that his biological father is none other than Marion X. McMurphy. Otherwise known as King Maggot, he's the lead singer of Purge, the greatest punk band ever. Turns out Leo's mother was a groupie, and Leo's the result of a one-night stand. So much for the nuclear family. Well, events lead one to another and Leo makes discoveries about King Maggot, himself, his best friend Melinda, and his real father. Chaos ensues, externally and internally.

Don't get me wrong, this is a pretty good story; it just didn't rock me. The story has merit, the idea of discovering elements in the past that change your perception of who you are. The execution just wasn't there. The characters were fairly engaging, but I guess the story just seemed a little shallow, like it just skimmed the surface. This could be just me, personally; what I want in a story. I can see this as one of those reads for reluctant readers, though. It has that going for it.

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