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Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
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May 08, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

In Gordon Korman's Born to Rock, Leo has the whole world in front of him, until he's accused of cheating on a test and breaking his school's honor code. Gone are his scholarship to Harvard, his presidency of the Young Republicans and, in his opinion, his dreams. When Leo discovers that his biological father is a famous 1980s punk rock star, he sees new possibilities.

After a summer with a father he never knew and a band he thought he hated, Leo learns a lot about life outside of the Young Republicans and about a man he misunderstood.

In another Korman classic, the reader is taken on a fast-paced journey into the world of punk rock and the mind of a would-be Ivy League student. Leo's complicated relationships with a childhood friend and the student who caused all of his problems take numerous, often unpredictable, turns that keep readers guessing.

I laughed and gasped more than once in a remarkably enjoyable read.

There's plenty of tough vocabulary and tricky allusions in Born to Rock, which is best suited to experienced readers.

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