April has a best friend and confidante, and they are asked to accompany one of the neighborhood boys, Larry, as he starts 9th grade with them. As if this weren't complicated enough, April is suddenly faced with her own dilemma. But does the favor, along with the crisp hundred-dollar bills that turn up in their schoolbooks, mean that April and Brandi are now in with the Mob? April agrees hoping this will provide her older brother, Matt, some protection since he has fallen in love with a Mafia princess. This book was very interesting and entertaining. This family story takes place in Brooklyn in 1977 and in some ways parallels Lurie's own experiences living in a neighborhood filled with crime bosses.
Although I never had to worry about a sibling getting whacked due to putting moves on the wrong person. Lurie hits us over the head with these: totally not necessary. And also a man who's in with the mob they are neighiboor he asks for a favor, if Brandi and April could walk he's son Larry to school and back; you know to Brothers, boyfriends and other criminal minds is about a girl named April, unfortunatly she has a cuple of serious prblems going on right now. This book was really good but it was more advanced tan some other books that i have read. The plot gets ever more convoluted in a marvelous kind of way, and it's comedic that April's older brother Matt and his forbidden love are starring in a production of Romeo and Juliet. The setting is seventies Brooklyn in a neighborhood where mafia characters such as Soft Sal and Frankie the Crunch live. The subject matter could be dramatic and angsty, but April Lurie keeps it light.
Soft Sal surprised me, he was very different from my image of what I expected a mobster to be, and he was so good to Matt. You see all the trouble that April is heading towards and like any adult that has already hit many of those brick walls at full speed you want to reach into the book and stop it from happening and yet you keep reading because the story is just that good. To protect him April must has a favor of her own. I would recommend this to any girl in 5th or 6th grade. But I digress--I also thought it was very clever to have them perform Romeo and Juliet. But, this book ended really weirdly and abruptly, and without tying a lot of the loose ends.
When Soft Sal approaches April and her best friend, Brandi Rinaldi, for a favor, well. It is about this girl, April, who's brother is dating a girl that has a father that works in the mob and doesn't want his daughter dating April's brother. It was okay, then it got better, then it was just okay. And will April's connection to Soft Sal bring her closer to Dominick DeMao, bad-boy rocker and heartbreaker? The main character April is telling the story from her point of view. But does the favor, along with the crisp hundred-dollar bills that turn up in their schoolbooks, mean that April and Brandi are now in with the Mob? And was Matt elbowed in the eye at baseball practice or not? Little Joe, Matt's best friend, starts to fall in love with April as well. Now the best friend of Matt April's old brother Little Joe is starting to have feelings for her too and has been a little overprotective when she is around Dominick or Bert. I think Little Joe is so much better than Dominick, even after the beach.
Will Soft Sal come through for her? It goes by really fast. To make matters even worse, her older brother Matt is dating a very strict mafia man's daughter. And also a man who's in with the mob they are neighiboor he asks for a favor, if Brandi and April could walk he's son Larry to school and back; you know to keep an eye on him and all. However, she made quite a bit up in order to deliver an interesting and exciting story. Her best friend, Brandi, lives next door. The book as a whole was interesting and entertaining, and it w It was pretty good.
When Soft Sal approaches April and her best friend, Brandi Rinaldi, for a favor, well. April Lundquist lives in Dyker Heights, a neighborhood populated by the Mafia. Then her brother, a good Scandinavian boy, falls in love with Bettina, the daughter of a high-ranked Mafioso. April is brainy and athletic, with fab taste in music. April ape, monk or chimp how her old brother calls her is totally in love with Dominick a bad boy, but her best frien Brandi sets her up with a dude named Bert that she has never seen in her life.
Larry is obsesed with drumming and sence Dominkck is in a band he asks Larry to join them and also notices April for the first time, Dominick asks her to go out or well sort of, he kissed her first and didn't really make it official, but they were sure together. This book is all about relationships, the relationship between April and her best friend Brandi, the relationship between April and her brothers Matt and Sammy love, love, love Sammy , the relationship between April and Larry there are so many more but you get the point. Ninth grade gets off to a dubious beginning when Soft Sol, their neighbor across the street, requests a fav Fourteen-year-old April Lundquist lives in a nice Brooklyn neighborhood that is home to a number of well know mobsters. For any Janet Evanovich fans the neighborhood reads the same as the burg. In this novel set in the late 1970s, author April Lurie evokes the classic feeling of the decade of disco in a humorous and touching story based in part on her own teen years. When Soft Sal approaches April and her best friend, Brandi Rinaldi, for a favor, well. Even though it is set in the 70s, the family, friend, and significant other dynamics are very familiar.
To make matters even worse, her older brother Matt is dating a very strict mafia man's daughter. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I think the author did an amazing job with this book. Without giving away the whole story, it was fun to see how April handled everything with all 3 guys. Lurie gets all the conversations right, especially the family interchanges, just as she writes so accurately about the feelings between siblings, and family life in general. I think the author did an amazing job with this book.