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Not a member of the Cult of Caulfield.

Name of book:King Dork
Author:Frank Portman
Genre: YA Lit
Rating:9 (Out of 10)
Description: Tom Henderson (aka Chi-Mo, the worst least sensical nickname in history)has messy family, an untrustworthy best friend, and a secret code found in the pages of his dead father's copy of "The Catcher In The Rye." And he has to read that whole book, again, because of the cult of Caulfield.
This book is painful and amazing at the same time. Everything, even the serious stuff, is shown through the eyes of Tom, who manages to keep his sense of humor even in the worst of times.
An admission: I never once read The Catcher in the Rye. I was always in Honors/AP English and for some reason it was never assigned, and because I've heard so much about it from everyone who did have to read it I long ago adopted Tom's "overrated" viewpoint about the thing.

Another admission: I like the Mister T Experience well enough and am quite glad there is a "soundtrack" to the book.

The thing that amazed me the most: Tom, even being a boy suffering far worse abuse than I ever did in high school, was still someone I could relate to really well.
The thing that annoyed me most: Please stop randomly dropping real band names and album and song titles to prove how cool Tom is. We get it, he's cooler than everyone else they just don't know it yet, okay?

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