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A Kid from Southie by John "Red" Shea
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Feb 07, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: boxing, boston, mafia, young-adult
Read in February, 2012

Aidan is a promising boxer from Southie. His dad is a drunk, his mom not much better. When she gets fired from her job, and they are in danger of losing their apartment in the projects of South Boston, Aidan makes a deal through a friend to make some easy money. Little does he know that he's getting himself in deeper and deeper with the organized crime world that runs Southie. Only his love for his mother and girlfriend, Angel, can save him.

We are all familiar with Southie, thanks to Mark Wahlberg et al. This is another story of a good kid whose circumstances are all set against him. We're rooting for him, but the choices he makes seem to just get him in deeper and deeper. Will he be able to pull himself of the trap he has created by getting himself kicked out of school and working for mob?

A page-turner based on Shea's teen years and written with the help of YA author Michael Harmon. This is a compelling story. Aidan and his friends are great characters and there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep you reading and rooting for him and for his relationship with Angel.

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