Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company on March 1, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge, 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge
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"What's in a name? Everything if you have my name."
At her exclusive Manhattan high school, seventeen-year-old Gia is the most hated/loved girl in school. Why? Her father doesn't have a boss. He is the boss--the capo di tutti cappi, boss of all bosses. Not that Gia cares. But life gets complicated when she meets a cop she calls "Officer Hottie" and feels a suprising chemistry. Then Vogue magazine wants to feature Gia in a fashion spread about real-life bad girls. On top of this, she's running for class president.
Can Gia step out from under her dad's shadow and show everyone there's more to her than "Mafia Girl"?
I was very excited to begin this novel when I saw that I had been approved on Netgalley. I loved the idea of the daughter of a mobster falling for a cop and all the other things that were promised in the synopsis. Unfortunately, this novel fell extremely short of my expectations. I probably should have paid attention to the low Goodreads rating but I was hooked.
“No I am not thinking about what I’ll be wearing for the Vogue pictures or what I’ll stand up and say to the assholes at Morgan to get them to vote for me because my body is on orange alert and that makes me wired and dysfunction and scared and excited and in need of a plan and the only one I can come up with makes me semi nauseous but I don’t care.”
Gia was a brat. Plain and simple. She was spoiled and shallow and just not a good character at all. Her narration was annoying—so annoying that I wanted to pull out my hair even before reaching my point of DNF. She wasn’t relatable at all. She was just not a character that I enjoyed in any way. Michael, the cop, was just as bad. I didn’t see much of him before I put the novel down for good but of what I saw of him was creeper-ish. He was in his twenties and she was underage. I’m sorry, but I just can’t get into a romance like that. She was trying to seduce him and he fell for it. It gave me the icks.
On top of that disaster of main characters, I couldn’t find an identifiable plot in the first 25% of this novel. It was Gia running around being bad then suddenly deciding to be good so her classmates wouldn’t judge her. It wasn’t entertaining at all, and that paired with the one-dimensional and flat characters prohibited me from enjoying even a smidgen of this novel. It is definitely one that I can’t recommend.