King Dork (King Dork #1)
hey young dork dudes, be inspired! start a band and you'll get more blowjobs from bitchy sluts! yay!
young dork ladies: looking for an author that actually takes the time to write fleshed-out, multi-layered female characters that don't fall into one of three or four exhaustively exploited stereotypes? stay the fuck away.
it's been a while since i threw a book down in disgust. Frank Portman (OMG, he used to be in a band!), you ...more
The narrator of the book is funny and engaging. But the portrayals of women in this book fall into 2 classifications:
The saints - moms and sisters
The sinners - everyone else, also known as the blow job machines.
It's pretty annoying.
I'm the least OMG FEMINIST ALL MEN ARE EVVIIILLLL girl ever, but if I'm noticing this in a book, it's a problem.
Yesterday, my son turned 15. He requested books for his birthday, and I picked this one up at the University Bookstore in Seattle. I thought maybe the two of you would have something in common - you're contemporaries, both learning how to survive the modern American public high school experience. But wow - I am so glad I read your story before wrapping it up and handing it over. 'Cause it turns out you are not an influence I want in his life. ...more
It also contains such passages as this:
"I should mention that Catcher in the Rye is this book from the fifties. It is every teacher's favorite book. The main guy is a kind of misfit kid superhero neamed Holden Caulfield. For teacher he is the ultimate guy, a real dream boat. They love him to pieces. They all want to have sex with him and with the book's author, too, and they'd probably even try to do it with the book itself if ...more
The story is very simple: Tom, a.k.a., King Dork, Chi-Mo (short for child molester, there is a funny story about this that made me laugh), Hender-fag, Hender-pig or Hender-fuck, is very unpopular i ...more
"Oh, wait: I should mention that Catcher in the Rye is this book from the fifties. It is every teacher's favorite book. The main guy is a kind of misfit superhero named Holden Caulfield. For teachers, he is the ultimate guy, a real dreamboat.. . .It changed their lives when they were young. As kids, they carried it with them everywhere they went. They solemnly resolved that, when they grew up, they would dedicate their lives to spreading The Word.
It's kind of a cult ...more
But this book is really quite good. The narrator is probably one of the ten best narrators I've read, up there with _High Fidelity_ and _Lolita_ and _Middlesex_ in terms of having a distinctive voice and being incredibly readable.
The plot takes a couple of turns that strain believeability, but I was really on board with the book the entire way ...more
The eponymous hero of King Dork, Tom Henderson, is an intelligent, thoughtful high school sophomore doggedly slogging his way through the California pu ...more
What the book also dealt with in enormity was Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, which unfortunately I had not read. I don't know much about music, but I kn ...more
Right after I finished KING DORK, the debut novel from author Frank Portman, I sat down to write my review--and stared at my computer for fifteen very long minutes wondering exactly how to explain this book. KING DORK will do that to you--leave you speechless, not quite sure of how to put what you feel into words. I guess if I could only use two words
to describe this book, I would choose "wonderfully odd." If Tom Henderson (aka King Dork) had to describe it, i ...more
Tom Henderson, the King Dork, is a high school loser with only one friend, a whacko mother and step-father, and zero prospects on the female horizon. When he unearths his late father's collection of high school novels, Tom begins reading them to connect ...more
the plot was very weak
While the voice and development of the narrator were good, the rest of the characters were all flat. All the female characters seem alike (moody, controlling ...more
That's really all you need to know. There's a plot, but it doesn't matter. A few notes for th ...more
This is the story of Tom in the first half of his sophomore year in high school. This kid is basically a loner with one so called friend, but something happens at the talent show and all of a sudden he's like a big deal.
I can't really feel like I can write a real ...more
Really a 3.5, but I'm generously rounding up because it reminded me of my excitement when I got to open up for the Mr T Experience in high school.
Overall, I really enjoyed "King Dork." Tom was a funny narrator in his anti-Holden-Caulfield-but-still-so-Holden-Caulfield way, and as a former aspiring punk rock star myself, I definitely saw a lot of me and my high school friends in the story. That being said, I was disappointed with the exposition-y ending. As a writer myself, I was somewhat bothere...more
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