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Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

Born to Rock (2006)

by Gordon Korman

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  LynneQuan | Sep 20, 2017 |
Narrated by Billy Hammond. Leo Caraway, a Harvard-bound young Republican has known since he was 10 that his dad is not his biological father. What he did not expect to learn as a graduating senior is that famed ‘80s punk rocker King Maggot is his bio-dad. A job with the band during a summer concert tour is an opportunity for Leo to get to know King, real name Marion X. McMurphy. And perhaps to get King to fund his Harvard education, given that Leo has just lost a major scholarship in a cheating incident at school. The tour experience is somewhat disillusioning: King doesn’t seem interested in getting to know Leo and Leo is fed up by the self-destructive behavior of the crew. Additionally, Leo learns that King isn’t his father, it’s Bernie, King’s lecherous manager. But the experience opens Leo’s eyes to new worlds and shifts his perspective; in the end King does save Leo’s Harvard education.

Another winner from Gordon Korman. The audiobook is particularly enjoyable, and the mini rock-music interludes are fun, if not exactly edgy enough to reflect the punk scene portrayed in the book (and I'm no punk fan!). ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Very funny, in a dry way. A kid loses his scholarship to Harvard, but finds out that his father is the frontman of the biggest American punk band. He meets his father and goes on tour with the band, and learns about himself and family. Feel good book, but with humor. Warning: it will make you want to go on tour with a band. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
This book has a very good plot and many unique insights into different types of people. 4Q4P The cover art is awesome and I'd recommend this book for high school students. I chose this book because I thought it had a cool cover and title. BenA
  edspicer | Jun 17, 2014 |
Leo is a good kid. He is a Young Republican, and has early acceptance to Harvard. He has always had a rebellious side that he calls McMurphy after his biological father. Little did he know... that his bio dad is King Maggot the front man for the angriest band in America. The story follows Leo's adventures in getting to know his father along the band's comeback tour.

I got a kick out of this book. It was funny seeing an everyday guy's reaction to the world of Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll.

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  Ahnya | Jan 25, 2014 |
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Leo Caraway—high school senior, president of the Young Republicans club, 4.0 GPA, future Harvard student—had his entire future perfectly planned out. That was, until the X factor. As in Marion X. McMurphy, aka King Maggot, the lead singer of Purge, the most popular, most destructive band punk rock has ever seen. He's also Leo’s biological father.

When Leo discovers that his real father is a punk rock legend, he is disgusted.  Not only is Leo not a punk rock fan, but he believes the X factor (the Maggot blood that is running through his veins) is a dangerous time bomb just waiting to explode.  And sure enough it does—Leo stubbornly defends the unlikeliest of people, thereby getting himself falsely accused of cheating on a test. 

Because of the blemish on his record, the once star pupil finds his scholarship to Harvard taken away.  So he hatches the crazy plan of going on tour with King Maggot for Purge’s summer revival tour, all the while secretly hoping to convince Maggot to pay for his tuition. But life on the road is even crazier than Leo ever bargained for, and before the summer is out, he will finally discover the surprising truth about his dad, his friends, and most important, himself.

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High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend.

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