3.14.2007

king hilarious


King Dork tells the story of Tom Henderson, who is lead singer in a band (whose name gets changed more regular than the diapers on a diarrhetic baby) even though he doesn't own a guitar, and his best friend by Honor of Alphabetical Order, Sam Hellerman who plays bass, kind of, as they try to navigate the halls through Hellmont (Hillmont) High, trying to avoid all of the 'normal psychopaths.'

On the surface, this book is a lighthearted romp through the minefield that is high school for anyone who isn't normal. Under the surface, it is the story of two intertwining mysteries that Tom finds on his hands. One involves his not so recently deceased dad and the creepy assistant principal, the other involves Fiona, a fake-mod kind of stoned girl who Tom meets at a party one night. Surprisingly, for Tom, she lets him get all the way to second base and then bolts before he can even think about making his way to third, let alone finding out her last name or what school she attends.

Written by Frank Portman, the lead singer of the Mister T Experience, King Dork is told from the point of view of a kid who is smarter than most adults, his mom and step dad included, sarcastic as hell and has come to accept his lot in life even if he's not entirely comfortable with it.

I haven't laughed out loud so many times while reading in I can't remember when. It's one of those stories I wish I had come up with myself. If music and sex and feeling like no one in the world would ever 'get you' were all you thought about in your formative years, then this is the story for you.

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