King Dork

King Dork

eBook - 2006
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High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that "The Catcher in the Rye" may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9780375890703
Characteristics: 344 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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CRRL_CraigG Jul 16, 2015

What's most impressive is how Portman builds an entire social ecosystem of losers, bullies, populars, and stoners and their behavior toward each other. The book's humor is scathing and its hormones are raging. As a mystery, King Dork is intriguing and, as a coming-of-age novel, it is absolutely sublime.

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Feb 11, 2015

I'm not a young adult, but some of my best friends used to be. The debut novel from Frank Portman, who also plays in the long running pop-punk band the Mr. T Experience (sample song: "Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend"), is pretty smart and pretty funny. Here's what it's not: it's not as sad as "The Fault in Our Stars," it's not as sweet as "Perks of Being a Wallflower," it's not as terrible as "Please Don't Kill the Freshman," it's not as grim as "Speak." Portman keenly remembers the awkwardness and humiliations of the teen years and conveys it in a way that both adults and teens will appreciate. He also has a knack for coming up with band names, as his protagonist and friend are constantly changing names and sounds (Green Sabbath, Stoned Marmadukes, Balls Deep). If there's a fault, it's that in the final third, the plot gets in the way of the story and there's too much going on, which gets jumbled. Oh, the hero also hates the "cult" of "Catcher in the Rye," which he repeatedly mocks. I like "Catcher," but totally see his point. Followed by a sequel. Also check out "Youth in Revolt."

Dec 12, 2013

Loved this book. One of the best parts were the names of the bands, and albums and song titles, this guy came up with for his 'musical career'.

On the audio book the author even performs some of the songs. :)

JewelMcLatchy Dec 16, 2012

This book falls into the category of loved it/hated it and probably no one who reads it will actually feel ambivalent toward it. I'm also not a teenage boy (being a still young-ish woman), so naturally there were parts I didn't really care for, but the rest of it was just so spot-on high school that I was easily able to overlook the "nasty" bits. I'm sure there were several references that escaped me, but the ones I did catch were fabulous, intelligent, quirky, fiendishly clever at times...A great book overall, it made me laugh so hard I cried, particularly during the Advanced French "Advanced Conversation" bit, and many other passages. Would definitely recommend this for mature teen readers because of sexual and drug related content.

Jan 29, 2012

Thinking back on this book I loved it. Although I'm certain that while I was reading it I absolutely hated it. It was very, very, clever and funny, but at the same time just terribly clever and funny, in a way that makes me disgusted. The explanation for this is probably that this is a guy book, and I, being a girl, had no place reading it. I really want to like it, I liked the voice and the jokes, and I feel like saying I loved it and could relate would make me a hard core rebel or something, but I just can't do it. So honestly I can't tell you if you should read it or not. However, if you happen to be an ironic, slightly depressed teenage male who hates all women's dumb un-unnecessary 'personality', I highly suggest this book.

LibraryPixie Jan 04, 2012

I know others who have enjoyed this which is why I picked it up to begin with but I just couldn't finish it. It became a chore to read. I disliked the narrator as a character and kept waiting for something to happen. When I was just over half way someone told me the ending was bad i just put it down thinking well what's the point then?

Nov 15, 2009

"anti-catcher, pro-rock'n'roll"

Sep 24, 2009

I liked this book, but would suggest it for teen readers

Jun 26, 2009

Tom Henderson has read The Catcher in the Rye for practically every English class of his high school career. When the classic is assigned again, Tom digs out his deceased father?s old copy and makes an interesting discovery: what seems to be a secret code is scribbled in the margins. Suddenly a commonplace book might just be able to end the cycle of humiliation and suffering that is Tom?s life as the king dork of Hillmont High. As intriguing as the mystery of the beat-up copy of Catcher in the Rye is, it is Tom?s unique character that makes King Dork stand out. From his hilarious hobby of making up band names and album titles (even though he doesn?t play an instrument) to his self-deprecating wit, Tom is a remarkably engaging and likeable teen voice. With Tom leading the way through a story that?s chock full of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll, King Dork will appeal to the wannabe teenager rebel in all of us.


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JewelMcLatchy Dec 16, 2012

Refer to p. 144-6 for the full context of the quote. This is from Advanced French: "...Therefore, my little friend," she said quietly and with a sad smile, "all the world very much loves the automobile who calls himself a cat." "You are correct," I said hopelessly. "I am enchanted. Our little green hat is orange on the head of this very interesting horse."


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