MY THOUGHTS -This is one of those books I wish I could write a 5-star review on. Instead, I am left confused and wondering how this book didn't receive some major revision.
I hate writing reviews like this because I don't want to sound rude...just honest. I really couldn't believe this book. I was shocked by the lack of story. The writing was okay but very formulated.
This is the entire book - I swear. It got strangely irritating.
CHARACTER NOTES -Sara Jane Rispoli was a really awesome character (this is about the only good thing I have to say). I would totally hang out with her at her dad's bakery and talk about old films (her passion). I just wish the story had been better executed so I could have enjoyed getting to know her.
The other characters, for the most part, either fell flat or were cheesy stereotypes. I liked Willy and I really liked Knuckles. However, Doug, Mark and even Sara's parents - I just didn't enjoy them.
STORY NOTES -This book starts out incredibly slllllllooooowwwwww..... It's kind of ridiculous. Some of the stories were interesting, but there is absolutely NO action for, like 80 pages. It's ALL set up. The setup might have been more interesting had the author mixed in the actual story line. But nooooo... I was so bored out of my mind.
I think it's awesome that Sara Jane is a boxer, and a good one at that. I think it would have been amazing to read a YA book about the Mafia. The execution, however, was so poor that I nearly DNFed the book 20 times.
Also, I don't get Doug's part of the story. After a few great, intense chapters involving the mob, Sara Jane goes back to school and uses her powers in the mod to save Doug from committing suicide. Erm, sorry, don't really care. If I had cared for Doug's character, if he had been introduced as a character I was interested in, I would have enjoyed that. But because I was only interested in Sara Jane finding her family, I wanted the mystery, the dark side of the Mafia where beefy guys don't do favor exchanges with 16-year-old girls. Sorry, but it just didn't work for me.
SUMMING IT UP -Very poor. I'm sorry, but it did nothing for me at all. I don't recommend it, but if you still wanna give it a go, by all means - you might actually enjoy it.
For the Parents -
Cussing, brief and very strong. (GD, F) No sex. A few very intense sequences, with some blood. Recommended 15+