Fat Kid Rules the World by K. L. Going

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A Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Troy Billings is seventeen, 296 pounds, friendless, utterly miserable, and about to step off a New York subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Until he meets Curt MacCrae, an emaciated, semi-homeless, high school dropout guitar genius, the stuff of which Lower East Side punk rock legends are made. Never mind that Troy’s dad thinks Curt’s a drug addict and Troy’s brother thinks Troy’s the biggest (literally) loser in Manhattan. Soon, Curt’s recruited Troy as his new drummer—even though Troy can’t play the drums. Together, Curt and Troy will change the world of punk, and Troy’s own life, forever.

"Troy's voice is candid, irreverent, realistic and humorous. [A] wonderful, engrossing tale."—SLJ

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About K. L. Going

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K. L. Going lives in the Hudson Valley area of New York State. Since graduating from college she has worked as an adult literacy tutor, a ticket agent for a major airline, a front desk clerk at a resort hotel, and an assistant in a Manhattan literary agency. She has lived in Maine, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and New York. Fat Kid Rules the World, a YALSA Michael L. Printz honor book, is her first novel.
 
Published November 18, 2004 by Speak. 191 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Curt MacCrae, a semi-homeless, blond ferret of a boy and guitar genius, saves big Troy Billings from leaping to a splattering demise in front of the F train.

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A fish out of water, 6'1", 300-pound Troy is on the verge of suicide—at least he believes he is—when he is inexplicably rescued by a homeless boy/legendary local punk rock musician.

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In her savvy and fast-paced debut, Going tells the story of high school senior Troy Billings, 6'1", 300 pounds and completely unhappy.

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Pajiba

He starts out using Troy for cash, and Troy sees a similar opportunity to break out of the empty life he’s built for himself.

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Common Sense Media

This book features a lot of mature language -- including the s and f word -- and raises plenty of issues you may want discuss with your teen: suicide, drugs, homelessness, and abuse.

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Austin Chronicle

In his directing debut, actor Matthew Lillard (The Descendants, Scream) treats his characters with utmost compassion: Troy compulsively overeats not to make himself the butt of lazy fat kid jokes, but to subtly demonstrate that he medicates himself with food.

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Time Out Chicago

Several factors mitigate the schmaltz: Troy’s widower father (Billy Campbell), who initially registers as a martinet, is shown to be credibly caring, and Troy’s crush on a girl isn’t requited in an unrealistic way.

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The Hollywood Reporter

A stronger catalyst is needed for the changes Troy is about to undergo, and neither the script nor O'Leary can quite conjure a character whose mix of charisma and self-destructiveness is potent enough to disrupt these lives.

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