Parents' Guide to

King Dork

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Amusing, and boys will enjoy it

Very amusing. I listened to the audio version, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the protrayal of high school and I even learned a little bit about rock and roll. That being said, it is a book narrated by a teenage boy and has some swearing and discussion about sex, and a scene where the main character fondles another. The book also portrays what it is liked to experience mild bullying.
age 17+

i like it bc its get to me and its a fun and great book.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (9 ):

This debut novel by East Bay punk rocker Dr. Frank has so much going for it that it may be the literary find of the year. First, it's laugh-out-loud, still-chuckling-10-minutes-later funny, the kind of clever, sardonic, intelligent humor that will have your teens calling up their friends to read passages out loud. The humor, though, is set in high relief by the story's depth, complexity, and sophistication. There's a realism here that goes far beyond most books, either for teens or for adults. All the characters, major and minor, are more than meet the eye, and the layers of their personalities don't always fit together as smoothly as they usually do in fiction. Their lives are as complex as their personalities.

Very few ends are neatly tied up, but unlike most books that try this, it isn't frustrating at all -- in fact it makes perfect sense. Interspersed with all the plot intricacies are Tom's, and the author's, musings, bits of philosophy, rants, and outsider observations, often wickedly funny and always interesting and thought-provoking. Together it all makes for a delightful read.

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