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Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
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Apr 20, 2009

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I think this book primarily suffered from poor editing. The story's idea is compelling - young republican finds out he's the son of the baddest of the bad punk legends, King Maggot and is forced to survive a punk rock tour to earn money for a lost Harvard scholarship. But the summary was more flushed out than the actually story. It's seventy meandering pages before the tour begins. The crucial event that causes him to lose his scholarship takes up a mere two sentences. Tell it as background and move on. Then there is the infamous cavity serach - mentioned on page one, several more times throughout the book and anitclimatically occuring in the last 30 pages of the book. Leo says its a defining moment but in terms of the story -- it really isn't. The defining moment was a dog rescue with King himself. Getting the money for Harvard is not even a critical part of the story, more of an impetus for the strange crazy journey but that strange crazy journey itself -- that's a good story.
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