Book Reviews of King Dork

King Dork
King Dork
Author: Frank Portman
ISBN-13: 9780385732918
ISBN-10: 0385732910
Publication Date: 4/11/2006
Pages: 352
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
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King Dork was introduced to me by my younger brother, and has fast become one of my favorites. A book about the high school experience, the main character, Tom Henderson, better known as Chimo or just plain Mo, and his best friend Sam Hellerman have their own band. You would expect the book to then be about sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but you'd be surprised when you learn that Mo is also an avid reader. Comedy mixed in with coming of age experiences makes this one a book that I can read over and over again.
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Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

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, it would probably go something like this...

"It's actually kind of a complicated story, involving at least half a dozen mysteries, plus dead people, naked people, fake people, teen sex, weird sex, drugs, ESP, Satanism, books, blood, Bubblegum, guitars, monks, faith, love, witchcraft, the Bible, girls, a war, a secret code, a head injury, the Crusades, some crimes, mispronunciation skills, a mystery woman, a devil-head, a blow job, and rock and roll."

And that, ladies and gentleman, pretty much sums it up. "And I'm not even exaggerating all that much. I swear to God."

If I met Tom Henderson in real life, and had a one-minute conversation with him, I would undoubtedly wonder 1) what the hell this guy was talking about, or 2) what the hell I was talking about when talking to him.

Yes, it's that kind of a book. A story that starts with the simple task of Tom trying to find any old copy of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE and instead finding a marked-up, footnoted, annotated, high-lighted version his dead father once owned. It all goes downhill--or over the proverbial edge--from there.

I've decided that there's simply no other way to accurately describe this book. I can't give you a plot outline without giving away the entire story, so you'll simply have to pick up a copy of KING DORK for yourself. I guarantee you won't be disappointed, and I can also guarantee that you'll never find better band names than Baby Batter, Ray Bradbury's Love-Camel, The Mordor Apes, or We Have Eaten All the Cake. Just as you'll never find a better one-liner than "Talk Won Ton to Me, You Crazy Asian Superstar."

And that's all I've got to say about that.
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I liked it fine.
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Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

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, it would probably go something like this...

"It's actually kind of a complicated story, involving at least half a dozen mysteries, plus dead people, naked people, fake people, teen sex, weird sex, drugs, ESP, Satanism, books, blood, Bubblegum, guitars, monks, faith, love, witchcraft, the Bible, girls, a war, a secret code, a head injury, the Crusades, some crimes, mispronunciation skills, a mystery woman, a devil-head, a blow job, and rock and roll."

And that, ladies and gentleman, pretty much sums it up. "And I'm not even exaggerating all that much. I swear to God."

If I met Tom Henderson in real life, and had a one-minute conversation with him, I would undoubtedly wonder 1) what the hell this guy was talking about, or 2) what the hell I was talking about when talking to him.

Yes, it's that kind of a book. A story that starts with the simple task of Tom trying to find any old copy of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE and instead finding a marked-up, footnoted, annotated, high-lighted version his dead father once owned. It all goes downhill--or over the proverbial edge--from there.

I've decided that there's simply no other way to accurately describe this book. I can't give you a plot outline without giving away the entire story, so you'll simply have to pick up a copy of KING DORK for yourself. I guarantee you won't be disappointed, and I can also guarantee that you'll never find better band names than Baby Batter, Ray Bradbury's Love-Camel, The Mordor Apes, or We Have Eaten All the Cake. Just as you'll never find a better one-liner than "Talk Won Ton to Me, You Crazy Asian Superstar."

And that's all I've got to say about that.
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Contemporary Teen fiction by Frank Portman. Teenager Tom Henderson, aka Chi-Mo is at the bottom of the social ladder at Hillmont High School. His father died while working for the Police Department and his mother has remarried. Tom comes across some of his father's books, which causes Tom to wonder what sort of man his father was, from the scribblings and doodles in the books. He and his best friend do their best to avoid the bullies in school, and fantasize about the rock band that they plan to form. Then Tom begins to question the true nature of the events that took his father's life, and to obsess about a girl he met at a party.

Lots happening in this story. Pretty good. If you like this one, also check out Rats Saw God or Spanking Shakespeare.