Fat Kid Rules the World

Fat Kid Rules the World

Book - 2003
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Penguin Putnam
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


A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book

A Booklist Editors' Choice

An SLJ Best Book of the Year

A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year

Baker & Taylor
When he finds his former classmate, Troy, standing on a subway platform contemplating suicide, Curt takes action and a strange friendship develops between the two where soon Troy is recruited to be the drummer for Curt’s new punk rock band, in an amusing tale of an unlikely friendship. Reprint.

& Taylor

Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

Publisher: New York : Speak, Penguin Books (USA), c2003, 2004
ISBN: 9780142402085
Characteristics: p. ; cm


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CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015

A great guy read. It is funny, angry, and knows to quit while it's ahead. At less than 200 pages, it manages to directly focus on Troy's new friendship and struggling home life without overburdening him or the plot with complicating factors.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/fat_kid_rules_the_world_going

Sep 01, 2014

I thought this book was pretty good! I like the development in the story, and I really liked the beginning of the book. The movie was a bit different from my expectations.

Apr 24, 2014

Troy Billings is about to kill himself. At 296 pounds, he's tired of being a joke. Every aspect of his life, the way he looks, moves, even the way he breathes, has become a punchline for his peers. If Troy had his way, Fat Kid Rules the World would be a pretty short read. Thank goodness Curt MacCrea enters the picture.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/fat_kid_rules_the_world_going

Nov 03, 2013

wow, it was surprisingly good. I don't know why, but it was very good. highly recommended.

onlashes Jun 27, 2012

Great book. I'm excited for the movie that's coming out soon!

Jun 25, 2012

The book is about a fat kid and about a skinny kid who faces humliation and the other stuffs everyday in their life. To change their life they started a band which was so far so good and was going when the fat kid pooped on the stage and everything go ruined

Ann Langone Mar 11, 2012

Troy is Fat Kid-- 17 year old high school senior, 6'1", 300 lbs. While seriously contemplating suicide in a NYC subway station, he meets Curt, a homeless high school dropout and punk rock musician, bone thin, dirty and sickly. And, a legend in Troy's high school. Drug Addict. Curt saves Troy from jumping and insists he become drummer in his nonexistent band. coming of age story, dead mother, damaged, grieving family, Fat Kid full of issues and insecurities, etc. Curt has problems too. Lots of promise in the book but it was just okay-- starts strong but after a few chapters, they all start to sound the same-- then Troy has an epiphany, saves Curt (in a sense), develops a good relationship with his dad and his brother -some very hokey and predictable dialog with the brother, but the poor writing was unusual for the book. even the other predictable parts were written well. I am not recommending it. Too many other books with the same themes that are better. A strong start with no finish.

Nov 16, 2011

love it

LocketLibrarian Oct 04, 2011

This is one of my favorites. . .great YA, good characters, actual parents involved and a rock band.

Apr 07, 2011

Fantastic book. K.L. Going has important things to say, and she knows how to say them.

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