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Brothers, Boyfriends & Other Criminal Minds

by April Lurie

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A cute story. As a librarian at a middle school I would reccommend this book to my students. I agree that this is an easy read. ( )
1 vote jtippett | Apr 15, 2008 |
On the good side, it's easy reading. The 70s thing seemed a bit forced, especially the Star Wars dialogue (which seemed more Empire, but that pegs me as a geek more than anything.) The ending seemed very abrupt, which makes me wonder if there's a second book in the works. ( )
  kcarp | Feb 5, 2008 |
April is blond and blue-eyed in an Italian neighborhood populated by traditional Italian families, some of them with connections -- not the internet kind. In a summer soundtracked by Pink Floyd, Cat Stevens, the Grateful Dead and the Who, and punctuated by books such as the Exorcist, Edgar Allen Poe's the Tell Tale Heart, S.E. Hinton's the Outsiders, etc. April plays tennis, goes on her first real date, babysits for younger brother Sammy, and tries to keep older brother Matt out of trouble with the local crime boss's daughter.

Young romance mingles with serious subjects. A closet intellectual, and far more of a good girl than her protective parents think, it's fun to peer over Alice's shoulder as she confronts suspected mobsters, blushes beet red around her braces, has her first kiss, and discovers that in her own way, she's more swan than ugly duckling. ( )
  SunnySD | Jan 17, 2008 |
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Three murderers live on my block - two on opposite corners like a pair of bookends, and one right across the street from my house.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385731248, Hardcover)

Brooklyn 1977. April Lundquist lives in Dyker Heights, a neighborhood populated by the Mafia. Three hit men live on her block:
Francesco "Frankie the Crunch' Consiglione, Vincent "Gorgeous Vinny" Persico, and Salvatore "Soft Sal" Luciano. When Soft Sal approaches April and her best friend, Brandi Rinaldi, for a favor, well . . . the girls can't refuse.

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? Will April be able to get "protection" for her older brother, Matt, when he makes the big mistake of falling for the daughter of a big crime boss? And will April's connection to Soft Sal bring her closer to Dominick DeMao, bad-boy rocker and heartbreaker?

Soft Sal, Matt, Dom . . . in April's neighborhood the guys stir up all the trouble, but April wouldn't have it any other way.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:44:53 -0400)

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While living on the same block as several members of the Mafia does have the advantage of a lower crime rate, fourteen-year-old April and her brother find there are times when it is also a major disadvantage.

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