King Dork (2006) by Frank Portman
A high school outcast channels his energy into his obsession with The Catcher in the Rye, starting a rock band, and investigating the death of his father.
“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.” – Common Sense Media
“Portman’s first novel is a witty, humorous, music-centric, and fun read.” – Brian Quale