What could Leo Carraway, straight-A student and president of his high school’s Young Republicans club, possibly have in common with King Maggot, lead singer of the recently reunited punk band Purge, possibly have in common? Nothing except a little DNA.
When Leo is accused of cheating on a test, he loses big: his full scholarship to Harvard. Late one night, reading his best friend (and polar opposite)’s blog, he makes a discovery that just might save his Ivy League dream: the name listed as father on his birth certificate and the given name of one of the vilest, most vitriolic punk singers of the 1980s are a match. If Marion X. McMurphy, his biological father, is King Maggot, that makes Leo “Prince Maggot”. If he can only figure out a way to meet his biological dad, he might have a shot at paying his way through Harvard!
With that brilliant idea, Leo embarks on the strangest journey of his young life. On the way he learns a lot about what it means to be true to yourself, in spite of your genetic makeup, or perhaps because of it.
Gordon Korman packs a lot of laughter, loads of fun, and more than one hideously uncomfortable rock ‘n roll moment into this hilarious novel. Born to Rock is a book that truly rocks!
Review by Katy @ Cameron Village Library