YA Guy Lit: Fun Fridays – King Dork

It’s Fun Friday again!


Rather than memes, I’ve decided to embrace the funny in a new way. Some of the best guy lit is actually within the humor genre. Therefore, here is a great selection that is funny and is good literature as well.


The book choice is King Dork by Frank Portman. It follows the exploits of slacker musician Tom during his sophomore year of high school. There are some serious topics investigated like Tom dealing with the death of his father six years prior to the novel’s timeline. However, the inner dialogue is satirically humorous in its own right. I especially enjoy is frustration with teachers who are obsessed with Catcher in the Rye. Seriously…the book is terrible. STOP TEACHING IT! I actually let my high school students make dry erase graffiti on the copies that I most certainly would never put on my syllabus.


For those with a drier sense of humor and a strong grasp of “sad funny” in some situations, King Dork is hysterical. Even though Tom is a sophomore, it might be for more elevated grades due to the humor being more poignant that way. There is even word about a possible film adaption. At the moment, the film is slated for a 2014 release with director Seth Gordon (The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters) taking the helm.




Bring It to Life (BITL)!


Guitar pick art!


The band that Tom is in with his best friend Sam is a major part of King Dork. The actual band name varies as the two try to find an identity for their music and themselves. However, taking the music in a different direction can be a great way to bring Tom’s experiences to life. Guitar pick art is simply art that is made from collected picks. Here are a few picture ideas to get you started on making a cool piece of art that is all your own and shows the coolness of music in a visual way.

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