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Hollywood Hustle

Hollywood Hustle

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by Gordon Korman

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When Vince Luca heads out to start college in sunny L.A., he's relieved to be finally leaving his shady family and their illegal antics behind. Upon his arrival at school, he is paired up with the son of a prominent congressman as a roommate -- finally, some respectability! Not to mention that the girls in college are something else. With his girlfriend, Kendra,


When Vince Luca heads out to start college in sunny L.A., he's relieved to be finally leaving his shady family and their illegal antics behind. Upon his arrival at school, he is paired up with the son of a prominent congressman as a roommate -- finally, some respectability! Not to mention that the girls in college are something else. With his girlfriend, Kendra, giving him such a hard time, Vince is beginning to wonder if the single life isn't the way to go.

But Vince finds out the hard way that you can take the kid out of the Mob, but you can't take the Mob out of the kid. Soon his brother, Tommy, is crashing in Vince's dorm room, and a steady stream of "uncles" are showing up with his mother's homemade rigatoni, and a whole lot of trouble, in hand.

Fans of Son of the Mob will love following Vince as he navigates his way through a laugh-out-loud semester while trying to keep his integrity -- not to mention his life -- intact.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"The Sopranos (minus the vulgarity and violence) meets Leave It to Beaver (minus the `aw-shucks' tone and dated sensibility) in this brassy, comical caper," said PW. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This second installment in the "Son of the Mob" series takes Vincent Luca, whose father is the head of a New York crime family, west to college in southern California to study filmmaking and escape his awful family. His freshman year isn't exactly typical: his kleptomaniac roommate is the son of a congressman, a stunningly beautiful graduate stalks them both, and Vince's brother and related thugs with names like "Uncle Uncle" and "Gus the Greek" move into their dorm room. Poor Vince! Try as he may, he can't shake his father's mob and is soon involved in the kidnapping of a union leader, a double car chase, and the theft of student grant money. Of course, this leaves little time for attending classes (one of them is about the statistics of gambling), studying, or making a film. Vince almost flunks out, both from the university and with his girlfriend, but dad, the godfather, comes through at the end and even earns some respect. Billed as the tale of a "laugh-out-loud semester" (if you think the Mafia is funny), this adolescent male fantasy with its frantic action may appeal to some boys, especially ones who love "The Sopranos." It's hard to imagine a girl putting up with such nonsense, even though its predecessor was one of the ALA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers. 2004, Hyperion, Ages 12 to 17.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, November 2004: We first met Vince in the funny and acclaimed YA novel Son of the Mob as he was struggling to separate himself from his gangster family while dating Kendra, the daughter of an FBI agent out to get his father, a feared mob boss. As Hollywood Hustle begins, Vince is heading out to college in LA to be a film student, happy to be leaving his troublesome family behind. Or so he thinks?—?they keep showing up, and his conniving brother ends up crashing in Vince's dorm room. His roommate, Trey, is the blueblood son of a congressman, and Vince is delighted to be matched up with someone so respectable?—?until he learns that Trey is a kleptomaniac. Trey also involves Vince in a rally for the concrete workers' union, and Vince's father gets involved, too. And while Vince still adores Kendra, who is attending a college nearby, their relationship hits a rough patch. She's spending all her time on her lead role in a musical, while Vince is tempted by the beautiful girls he meets at school. Lots of action and lots of laughs, along with snappy dialog and some affecting scenes, too. Vince's many fans will be happy to follow his new escapades. KLIATT Codes: SA*—Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Hyperion, 268p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Vince Luca, from Son of the Mob (Hyperion, 2002), returns, and this time he tries to get away from his family and "The Life" by moving to Santa Monica to start college as a film major. His high school girlfriend, Kendra, the daughter of the FBI agent who is determined to nab Vince's mob-boss father, is attending a nearby college, but they hardly see one another. When Luca mobsters from New York show up claiming they're "on vacation," Vince knows something is up, but isn't quite sure what until he attends a local rally for the concrete workers' union at the request of his roommate, Trey, the son of a powerful congressman. When Vince sees the so-called "tourists" in the audience, he assumes that they are there to make trouble. Meanwhile, he almost throws away his relationship with Kendra when he kisses a beautiful girl who has set him up so that Kendra's father can take pictures of them. He must also deal with his visiting mobster brother, who cheats some foreign students out of money, and with Trey's kleptomania. The somewhat complicated plot lines eventually come full circle and there is humor throughout the narrative. The pace is quick enough to keep reluctant readers interested. Korman avoids stereotypical caricatures by concentrating on relationships, particularly between fathers and sons. In the end, Vince comes into his own in this funny and somewhat over-the-top story.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fast and funny with a hefty helping of heart, Korman's cleverly conceived and plotted followup to Son of the Mob (2002) will keep fans in stitches as hero Vince Luca, the son of a Long Island-based mafia boss, again tries unsuccessfully to extricate himself from "The Life." Determined to leave all things mob behind him, Vince crosses the continent to study film in California but soon finds himself up to his camera lens in dirty doings. Worse, the love of his life, who also happens to be the daughter of the FBI agent investigating his father, is starring in a pretentious classmate's film project and no longer has time for him. Although the focus is on funny, to his credit Korman doesn't ignore the harsher realities of the underworld nor the uneasy alliance between powerful fathers and their struggling-to-define-themselves sons. Even within the comic hyperbolic context, there are some credibility problems, but it's a minor quibble in a performance that's sure to leave fans begging for more. (Fiction. YA)

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Meet the Author

Gordon Korman is one of the most popular young adult and middle grade authors writing today. He published his first book at the young age of fourteen and has been going strong ever since. A tireless self-promoter, Gordon is constantly traveling across the country to visit different schools. He and his wife, a teacher, live on Long Island with their three children.

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Hollywood Hustle (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Action packed and a shocking ending is everything a good sequel should have. This book is a must read, better than the first novel Son of the Mob. It keeps your attention, page by page you¿ll never want to put it down. This book starts out with Vince Luca heading off to college in sunny California. He, Alex, and Kendra are on there way only to discover that somehow they get themselves involved with mob. When they finally make it they discover that Vince¿s roommate is the Governor¿s son, a congressman and his driver are missing, and Vince¿s uncles start unexpectedly. This novel is entertaining and contains an ending that will shock everyone. I really enjoyed reading this book and I hope the author writes more novels continuing Vince¿s adventures.
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book and these characters. I wish there were more in the series. I long for this series to be made into a movie.
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
The book Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle is about a boy named Vince going to college in L.A.. He tries to stay in touch with his girlfriend Kendra, who he met in the first book, but all of the pressure of school work and having a ''lady's man'' for a roommate is keeping him away from her. On top of that, his "uncles" (mob workers) are infiltrating his college dorm room and claiming they are just visitors. I gave the book Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle a three out of five because I thought it was very humorous. But, I didn’t think it was very exciting. I felt like there was no solid climax to change up the story a bit and make it more suspenseful. A part that was really funny was when Vince found one of his uncles in his dorm room using his bathroom and Vince was really surprised to see him because he really wasn’t supposed to be there. The part that I really didn’t expect was when Vince got an e-mail from who he thought it was Mr. Sutter, but, it ended up being someone much unexpected. The ending didn’t turn out the way I thought but it was still a really good ending. All-in-all, the book was pretty good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting and I love the teenage drama in the book. Vince cheats on Kendra with Willow. But he finds out that Willow is an FBI informat hired by Kendra's father. That is so wrong on many levels because Kendra's father is willing to break Kendra's heart to break up her and Vince. They make up in the end which made me happy because like them together. I also like the shootout scene. I hope Gordon Korman will make a sequel to this. And then later on he can write a book from Kendra's point a view from the first book to the latest one (in case he does make a sequel) so we can learn about more about Kendra and her family.
cm486 More than 1 year ago
This book is the sequel to the excellent book written by Gordon Korman named Son of the mob. I would recommened this book to my friends but only friends that are as the same age as me because this book shouldn't be read by young children. Vince in this book graduated High School and attends the University of Santa Monica which is in California because he wants to be as far as far away from his family's mob organization in New York. When he arrives at school he is paired up with the son of a congressman named Tray as his roommate. After a month of college his brother Tommy showed up he says that his parents sent him to come and check up on him Tommy told Vince that he is going to get out of the mob. When a congressman and his driver gone missing Vince automatically believes Tommy is behind the kidnapping of the congressman.I really did enjoy this book like I did with the previous book Son of the mob Hollywood Hustle had humor,and also it had action.This book was very addicting to read and I couldny put it down the first day I started reading it.This was a great book from the beginning to the end where theres a big twist. I'm glad that I chose to read this book I really did enjoy it alot.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is a great read. once you start it you cant put it down. its a great book from start to finish. its full of drama suspense, humor, and some romance. I suggest buying the first book first though it helps you into the story but if you looking for a good read pick this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked the first book 'Son Of The Mob' you will definetly like the sequel. I liked it because it kept me reading. Also it doesn't have a lot of hard words. This book is a really good choice for a teen looking for some action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow this was amazing fast paced action packed with comedy and a little romance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PURE GOLD!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Son of the Mob Hollywood Hustle is a stupendous book by Gordon Korman. Vince is now graduated high school and is now on his way to college. Vince becomes roommates with William Sutter, a congressman¿s son. After Vince is in college a couple of months, his brother Tommy shows up. He says that his parents told him to come and check up on him. Tommy says he is going to get out of the mob but Vince doesn¿t believe that he will. One of the congressman and his driver becomes kidnapped. Vince automatically believes that Tommy is behind it all but Tommy believes different. Vince and Trey¿s girlfriend go to watch Trey¿s father speak and they start kissing. Then a riot breaks out and Vince saw a few of his uncles wandering around. Vince¿s uncles have a tape lying on the floor, and it accidentally gets mixed up with his project and the turns in the kidnapping video to his teacher. He gets an e-mail that says to meet him out at the beach at midnight. He goes out to the beach and Trey¿s girlfriend tries to kiss him again and he runs. Some one takes pictures of them and shows them to Kendra, his girlfriend. Everyone is mad at Vince and he has to fend for himself. The thing I mostly hated about this book is the names of Vince¿s uncle¿s names. I really like the big twist at the end of the book. This book is part of a series and it can¿t be readout of order. This book reminds me of the T.V. show called Batman. I think a person who would like this book is someone who likes suspense and books that have twist. This book reminds me of some of the Gary Paulsen books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gordan Korman first came out in 2004 with his teen mafia sensation with Son of the mob, and now his following book with son of the mob: Hollywood hustle, and it came out with a bang! The story follows son of the mob Vincent Luca going from the big apple to Hollywood in Santa Monica College to study film. But this no simple college trip, for his whole ¿vending machine¿ family is coming out to help him, including his shady brother who dooms his college career. Also this year Vince will be sharing a roommate, trey, which has an irresistible girlfriend Willow, and who can¿t keep her eyes of trey, and Vince. But this isn¿t good for Vince, because he happens to have a girlfriend back home! Whose father happens to be an FBI agent who¿s been trying to catch Vince Luca¿s father for years. Find out how family will always help you in this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My book The Son of The Mob Hollywood Hustle is a sequal to another book called the Son of the Mob. The book I¿m writing about starts of right after the other one finishes. Vince and his girlfriend Kendra and there friend named Alex are heading off for colledge in California. They decided to drive there from New York. They stop at a hotel for the night and Vince opens up his breifcase which was exposed to be filled up with cloths but it was really filled up with money. Then Vince and his friends have to get the money back to Vince¿s dad and get Vince cloths. The book just keeps on going on about Vinces problems. The book is really good though. I liked both of the books the Son of the Mob and the Son of the Mob Hollywood Hustle because they were action packed and there was never a dull moment in them. The book I read has to be read after you read the first one otherwise you are going to be reading Vinces life backwards. This book realates to the Sopranos a little because they are both about the Mob. It was a good book and I recommend it to any one. I hope whoever gets this book likes it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this book is great!!!!!!!!! Micheal howard likes Amber Clark.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vince Is a normal kid but his family is far from normal. Everyone in Vince¿s family is in the mob except for Vince, and Vince¿s dad is the mob boss. Vince is tacking Kendra and Alex to there collage Kendra is Vince¿s girlfriend and her collage is not far from Vince¿s collage, and Alex is a little bit farther from them he goes to UVLV the University of Las Vegas. Only after dropping his friends of he gets to go to his collage in Las Angeles, and when he gets there he gets to meet his room mate his name is Trey. A month later his brother shows and has to live with Trey and Vince because what he did back home. Then whole bunch of Vince¿s uncle stat to show up and all of them bring some of Vince¿s mom¿s homemade rigatoni. There are a lot of things that are going to happen to Vincent Luca. Some thing I didn¿t like about the book was had no for telling of what was going to happen next. And some other things that I didn¿t like was that thing happened way to fast. I did like the whole mob thing in the book I thought that was really exciting, and there was a lot of funny things that happened in the book. To me this book is like watching any funny mob movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis book was great! Gordan Korman has a great way of grasping a teenage mind and really entrapping you in the plot. I would recommend this book to anyone. This book is suspensful and thrilling and has the realities of a teenagers life mixed in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Son of the Mob Holly Wood Hustle is the sequel to Son of the Mob. Son of the Mob Holly Wood Hustle. about a college freshman named Vince. He is no ordinary college student his dad is a mob boss of New York. Vince wants nothing to do with his fathers business, so he picks a college as far away from home as possible. The college he picked is in Las Angles. Him and his college room mate Trey have many adventures together. Vince begins to think about how it would be to be single with Kendra busy with school and a play she is staring in. Vince discovers that he cannot get away from his fathers business, when his brother Tommy begins rooming with Trey and Vince. To make matters worse a few of the uncles begin hanging around there dorm too. I thought this book was awesome. It kept me at the edge of me seat from the very beginning of the book. If you like mystery books, you will love this book. I loved how Gordon Korman mixed college life with Mob adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone in 7th grade or higher. This book is a little bit like CSI, so if you like CSI you may like this book. There was nothing that I didn¿t like about this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting, and it kept me captivated.The book is about an 18 year old named Vincent Luca who goes to college in Los Angeles then somehow he,Kendra and his roomate Alex end up working for the mob.When the mafia finds out that Alex is the son of the congressman that had 'mysteriously' disappeared along with his driver, they realize they have a major problem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a book in a while, that was as captivating as this! The first book was good, and this one was even better! It was very suspensful, funny, filled with drama, and love. I loved it! I hope everyone gets a chance to read this. It has a great ending also, with so many shockers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book it onlly took me a week to read it i was so into it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a 14 yr old in 8th grade. It was a great book. it kept my eyes glued all night i finished it at 4 in the morning. i love the action and the suspence and i hope Mr. Korman would right a third book continuing the story. and Kendra and willow WOW!! its a must read
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read! How Korman can create such surreal characters is beyond me. Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle is an instant classic and stands strong for a second book in a series. Its mixture of humor, drama, culture, and flamboyant events is picture perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have read the first Son of The Mob I highly recommend that you find time to read the sequel. At first I didn't know how they could put so many twists and turns into the book, but somehow they managed to do just that. This is a must read for teens!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was weary about this book because I loved the first one so much I wasn't sure how this would measure up. It was really cute! and if possible I liked it more than the first book because of the college setting( im in college myself). It had me laughing out loud and I couldn't put it down!