When Tom Henderson finds his deceased father’s copy of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, his world is flipped upside down. Suddenly high school just got more complicated as Tom (a.k.a. King Dork) is in the middle of at least half a dozen mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, a secret code, girls, and rock and roll. As he goes through sophomore year,...more
If, on the other hand, you like to read a funny, dirty, weird story about a high school kid with a lot of problems and a large vocabulary, read this book.
Read "Catcher in the Rye" first, though, if you haven't already been forced to read it multiple times by members of the "Catcher Cult." Consider it research.(less)
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 ba ...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 ...more
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 ...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 ...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.
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 in school so ...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 ...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, ...more
The eponymous hero of King Dork, Tom Henderson, is an intelligent, thoughtful high school sophomore doggedly slogging his way through the Califo ...more
He knows what he is. He knows WHO he is. Though he can't make up his mind what his band name (or first album) should be called.
A simple enough story at heart, it pulls lots of strands together into the general plot of 'teenage geek tries to discover more about his dead father while pursuing girls and rock 'n' roll fame'.
Tom refers to himself as 'King Dork', and discovers one day a book owned by his father containing notes and codes. Want ...more
By: Frank Portman
“Life is a wince-a-thon”
You really can’t win in this game called life because at the end, you die. But to make it much more unbearable, you have to pass through an obstacle course that could wear and tear you inside out. What an effing guy’s supposed to do? You put a salt on your open wound, rub it and feel the pain then wear a SMILE.
Chi-Mo is someone at the bottom of their school hierarchy, included in the infamous dud chart, the one who gets laugh at during PE for havi/>/>“Life ...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 de ...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 know even le ...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 the ...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
This book, more so the author apparently, is insensitive, demeaning, womanizing, and most definitely unrealistic. The characters are shallow, one-dimensional (as has been said before), and is an inevitable failure.
I don't understand these people that are giving great reviews to this book. It's nothing.
This book has taken at least twenty steps back in the feminist revolution. It's disgusting. ...more
this was supposed to be a kind of snarky take on catcher, and instead it was a total dud. instead of being timeless, the story felt dated and both out of sorts, timewise. i was in school at the same time these kids were, and i still had no clue what world they were living in.
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