Friday, December 5, 2014

King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman

Title: King Dork Approximately
Author: Frank Portman
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date:  December 9, 2014
Pages: 384
Source/format: NetGalley, e-ARC

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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 work out who to blame for the new scar on his forehead, the memory loss, and his father's mysterious death. But illicit female hospital visitations, The Catcher in the Rye, and the Hillmont High sex-pocalypse have made him a new man.

What doesn't make you stronger can kill you, though, and tenth grade, act two, promises to be a killer. Tom's down one bloodstained army coat, one Little Big Tom, and two secret semi-imaginary girlfriends. Now his most deeply held beliefs about alphabetical-order friendship, recycling, school spirit, girls, rock and roll, the stitching on jeans, the Catcher Code, and the structure of the universe are about to explode in his face. If only a female robot's notes could solve the world's problems, he'd have a chance. But how likely is that? 

King Dork Approximately--it feels like the first time. Like the very first time. 

My Thoughts:

I love how raw this book is. There is no sugarcoating at all and I like that a lot. Tom Henderson is blunt and it makes him more like a real person. He survived tenth grade but barely. I enjoy reading many books by male protagonists and this one doesn't disappoint. Contemporary books with a male protagonists even better...especially if it's a coming-of-age story. I LOVE coming of age stories.

High school life, hanging out with friends and chasing after girls are some of the things Tom discusses more of. Tom jams in his band with his best friend Sam Hellerman. Tom and Sam are the same as ever too. We heard a bit of his life in King Dork and now after 8+ years, King Dork Approximately is available next Tuesday! Tom is witty and sarcastic. He is just hilarious. His voice in the book is an amazing. 

King Dork Approximately is the sequel to King Dork. Both books have a similar vibe to Catcher in the Rye and Perks of Being a Wallflower. If you like books by Ned Vizinni, you will love this book. I don't want to spoil anything about the plot about this book, so you need to go and pick up a copy when you have a chance. If you are looking for a contemporary satire and a good laugh, definitely get your hands on King Dork Approximately.

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