The second book of 2007 is…..
King Dork by Frank Portman (audio)
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.
This book was great – one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It’s a play on Catcher in the Rye with a wonderfully authentic teenage voice. The author is one of Pita’s favorite musicians, the front man for Mr. T Experience and a local group he used to go hear at 925 Gilman. The book is also hella East Bay.