After the emotionally exhausting ride that was reading Shanghai Girls, I decided the next book I chose had to be at least a little more light-hearted. Enter: King Dork. Technically, Frank Portman’s novel is a young adult title, but there’s plenty of smarts and character for adults to enjoy as well. Or that’s what I’m hoping!
Here’s the description straight from the author’s own website so you know it’s accurate:
Tom Henderson (a.k.a. King Dork, Chi-mo, Hender-fag, and Sheepie) is a typical American high school loser until he discovers the book, The Catcher in the Rye, that will change the world as he knows it. When Tom discovers his deceased father’s copy of the Salinger classic, he finds himself in the middle of several interlocking conspiracies and at least half a dozen mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, ESP, blood, a secret code, guitars, monks, witchcraft, the Bible, girls, the Crusades, a devil head, and rock and roll. And it all looks like it’s just the tip of a very odd iceberg of clues that may very well unravel the puzzle of his father’s death and–oddly–reveal the secret to attracting semihot girls. Being in a band could possibly be the secret to the girl thing–but good luck finding a drummer who can count to four.
For more information, you can find reviews, articles and blurbs about the book also on Portman’s website. If nothing else, this book certainly sounds like it will be completely different than my last one.