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King Dork Approximately (King Dork #2)

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From Frank Portman comes the long-awaited sequel to the beloved cult classic King Dork, of which John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, said, “Basically, if you are a human being with even a vague grasp of the English language, King Dork will rock your world.”
   Aside from the stitches and the head wound, Tom Henderson is the same old King Dork. He's still trying to
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Delacorte Press
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May 05, 2015 rated it liked it

This book was definitely a case of “It's not you it's me”. I liked the writing and found the narration to be pretty authentic sounding. While this is YA, to me it is on the younger side of YA, which is not a bad thing but I just found that I couldn't connect.

I think I may just be more picky when it comes to male narration, and being in the mind of a wacky fifteen year old boy is apparently not for me. I do think that boys ages 13-16 would love this though.

Note: I received this book for free in
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are not enough stars.

You know, there are some books you read and like, and there are others you read and love, and there are still others that peer into your soul and ramone you, but in a good way. So, yeah, this is that third kind for me.

I attracted many stares while reading this and laughing on public transportation.

My advice: if you haven't read King Dork, punch yourself somewhere painful for your folly and go read that, and then this. And thank Satan that you don't have to wait eight
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
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Bell, Book & Candle | King Dork Approximately Review

I have always like coming of age tales, but this wasn't my favorite. I didn't read the book before it (this is a sequel) so maybe that makes a difference. I felt like any hope for teenagers in the story remains to be seen. It had too much melancholy, although that might be the desired effect.

When you say "I want to fit in," you are essentially volunteering yours
Patrick Callaghan
In King Dork Approximately, author Frank Portman managed the not easy feat of writing a book that was better than King Dork, which was, until now, the best YA novel I had ever read. The characters are so well-rendered and seemingly familiar you almost forget that it wasn't a very smart teenager who wrote the book. The sense of humor that pervades the story really is in a category of its own. Portman sticks to smaller, subtler jokes that will have you chuckling quietly to yourself throughout the ...more
Having survived the events of King Dork, Tom Henderson returns to take on the second half of tenth grade. And while he's had the momentous event of doing "it" with a girl, Tom quickly finds that not a lot has changed in his world. He's recovering from his wounds suffered at the hands of a tube-wielding mob, his band still stinks and can't decide on a name and he's headed to a new school since his last is being shut down due to not meeting state requirements.

If it all sounds a bit absurd and cra
For how much I loved King Dork when I read it 8 years ago, this sequel is equally and painfully awful. It takes place immediately following the events in the first book, so if you're not recently aquainted, you'll be lost.

Then there's no plot to speak of. None. Remember how Y2K was a complete non-event in real life? So it's pretty odd to immortalize it in a teen novel, when not a single teen today was old enough to remember how anticlimactic it was. I have tried to explain Y2K to teens. It is s
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rarely does a subsequent work outdo the original, however, this sequel to King Dork - "King Dork Approximately" - is one of those notable exceptions. Besides maintaining the humor prevalent in 2006's King Dork, KDA engages in some very rich character development that ended up making this book all the more stronger. I cannot recommend this book enough. There's a very short list of books that I've read in one sitting, this being one of them.
Jeniece Goellner
I enjoyed the 2nd much more than the 1st. Finally felt like there was growth in the characters we got introduced to in the first novel. Found the progression realistic to teenage life and enjoyed the narrator's voice more this time around.
Steven Matview
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Like its predecessor, “King Dork Approximately” is a period piece set in the early 2000s.

Even my reference is old.

This book picks up where the last ended off, with Tom Henderson, our resident King Dork, as cynical as ever. Tom still doesn’t get along with hippie stepfather Big Tom. He still despises “The Catcher in the Rye” despite being a modern day take on Holden Caulfield. He still rocks out with best bud Sam Hellerman, with a band whose name continues to evolve, including Tennis with Guitars
Brenda Ayala
Let me start off by saying I did not read the first book. I got this at San Diego Comic Con, and since it was free and they told me it was good I took it. I have read it, and they were right. It is good. Good enough that I'll regift it instead of putting it in the library pile, but that's about all it gets.

The writing is very repetitive, which thankfully tapers off a little bit but still stays repetitive. I get that it's written in Thomas' voice, but apparently all Thomas likes to do is say how
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
If you liked King Dork but thought you'd enjoy it more if Tom and Sam had been libertarian pick-up artists*, then this is the book for you. It's too bad, because Portman gets a lot else right about adolescence, like the way parents (especially Boomer parents) have of swinging between being completely oblivious to really blatant signs of emotional distress in their children; then jumping to bizarrely incorrect conclusions based on very flimsy evidence**.

*I'd like to shrug this off as just Portma
Mrs. Kenyon
Tom Henderson has survived tenth grade, act one. It is now time to begin tenth grade, act two, and life is still completely unstable for King Dork. Tom had to give up his army coat since it was saturated in blood; Little Big Tom has been guilted out of the home and his imaginary girlfriends are nowhere around. He has just found out that after the winter break his school will be shut down and he will be separated from his alphabetical-order best friend who will go to a different school. This new ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Frank Portman, you amuse me. Like a freaking clown. Tom Henderson (a.k.a. "King Dork", which is self-designated btw) returns in another zany fumble through high school-o-rama. More lusting after the ladies. More internal monologues highlighted by an entire section on the golden stitching of your denim Levis and the supposed phallic shape they just happen to unfold in, if phallic means what I think it does and I'm pretty sure it does. Another step in the stages of adolescence, this time--GASP--To ...more
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Picks up just a few months after the last book ended and is the further adventures of King Dork, himself. This is both a good and bad thing. I loved the first book, so being able to revisit these characters was something I looked forward to. However, either due to my reading habits or the intervening time in the real-world between the two books coming out, I couldn't entirely remember what happened in the first book and Portman doesn't fill-in the blanks too much. About halfway through the book, ...more
KING DORK APPROXIMATELY by Frank Portman is the long anticipated sequel to the 2006 young adult cult-classic KING DORK.

Once again, the author is able to successfully channel the sarcastic male adolescent. This coming-of-age story pokes fun at everything from public education to teen love. Teen readers who enjoyed the music and cultural references in the first book will be happy to see these elements in the sequel. However since it’s been a decade since the first book was published, so it’s diffi
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
King Dork was one of my favorite YA novels for a long time, but I think I'm a very different person now than I was when I first read it. I enthusiastically jumped at the chance to read the sequel early, offered in an exclusive manuscript form at Midwinter 2014. I knew I had some time before its release date, so I didn't pick it up until recently. From the first chapter, I could tell I wasn't going to enjoy the sequel as much as the original. I've grown up quite a lot in the years since I read th ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
The thing about a sequel is does it live up to the first? And, I guess, does it stand on it's own? It's been long enough since I read and adored King Dork I thought I could easily answer those questions and maybe, maybe not.
The characters are still very enjoyable and probably more real than most. Those odd kids we see and don't know. The story seems long, this second half of tenth grade. There is a moment of truth that is quite wonderful. School is a game after all. I did keep trying to remembe
Heather Harrison
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny-edgy, love
This definitely lived up to the first! All it was missing was the glossary.

Overall it's about a boy that doesn't fit in and is fine with that. The way he interprets his world is hilarious and honest and sometimes even heart-warming despite his horny self. The plot centers around him starting a new school and trying to survive in a new world of band geeks and school "spirit".

If you are a human being that likes rock'n'roll and have a sense of humor then here you go. This is for you. You don't have
Allison Floyd
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Long live King Dork! Replete with Ayn Ran AND Hercule Poirot references, the most apt (if apt means what I think it does) analysis of the extremely flawed narrative/philosophy of Revenge of the Nerds (and the Fitting In myth in general) ever penned, and stepfather par excellence Little Big Tom, King Dork Approximately is a requisite delight (if requisite delight is the one where the joy of reading something brilliant and hilarious written by a kindred spirit to misfits/malcontents everywhere fil ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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Frank Portman's book King Dork Approximately is the sequel to King Dork. Is it just as good or better? Well, it's better and funnier. The teen boy still doesn't fit in. He moves and begins a new school and he is still the same "dork". He shares his world as he sees it. It is hilarious and funny. If you're human and like rock and roll then you'll love this book. It is a fun book to read and I recommend it. Looking for more from Frank Portman.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really liked the first one, but this second was a lukewarm rehash.

Also: In the first book Tom had an amazing vocabulary. In this second book, over and over and over again he would use a word then say "if ________ means what I think it means." It was so irritating and distracting and he did it at least a hundred times. Ugh.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-novels
Dear Frank Portman:

I can't wait too long for KING DORK, III. I'm running out of time.

Also, the rumor is true, I am related to a Shumway. But that's another story. . . .

Yours very truly,

Nicholas Lange
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: High School or Above
Recommended to Nicholas by: My English Professor
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Abdullah Kailani
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

King Dork Approximately, by Frank Portman, was the long-awaited sequel to the notorious high school recount known as King Dork. The first book ended with Tom Henderson having a centipede of a scar on his forehead and two potential girlfriends. Due to concluding events in the first book, the school is forced to shut down as mentioned in the first fifty pages. I personally didn’t think Portman was going to go down this slippery road as it had many possibilities of ending badly. However, I soon cam
Mi è piaciuto un po' meno di quello precedente (che ho adorato), forse sarà che sono invecchiato, vai a sapere, ma nel complesso è una lettura piacevole e divertente.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh! less fun and less self discovery than I was hoping for. At least Thomas seems to know who he is, that's better than most kids his age.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
King Dork was written 8 years prior to this one, so the audience is definitely different. If you are going to read this book, I recommend that you read King Dork first. It is marketed as a YA book, but I think it might be enjoyed more by 13 year old boys.

The book follows shortly after the events of King Dork, picking up with Tom Henderson after he's recovered from his near-fatal tuba injury, and trying to cope with returning to highschool. Unfortunately, the school is being shut down and he is b
Veronica of V's Reads
4.5 Stars.

It's 1999 and Tom Henderson is a kid with a conspiracy-filled brain. He's sure one of his former teachers killed his father years ago. This is based upon a whacked-out Catcher Code he believes said-teacher followed, and he's convinced the 'psychotic normals' are after him. Case in point: he had previously been attacked by a tuba-wielding mob and had his head bashed open.

While recovering from this horrific attack, Tom spends time with his bandmates, Sam Hellerman and Shinefield, composi
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