Fat Kid Rules the World Author:K. L. Going, Kelly Going 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 Troys dad thin... more »ks Curts a drug addict and Troys brother thinks Troys the biggest (literally) loser in Manhattan. Soon, Curts recruited Troy as his new drummereven though Troy cant play the drums. Together, Curt and Troy will change the world of punk, and Troys own life, forever.« less
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Troy is fat and stands out in a crowd. He envisions everyone laughing at him with his every move. He is friendless and wants to end his life, however can only envision people laughing at that. Curt is legendary, he used to go to Troy's school but just walked out one day and hangs out with a well known and sucessful punk rock band. Curt himself can draw a huge crowd on his guitar. Curt pulls Troy away from a train and in returns demands lunch, from there Curt becomes convinced that Troy will become his drummer. Troy goes along with Curt's dellusions and eventually both learn what it means to have a friend and gain the support system needed to turn around their lives. The book is hilarious and deep at the same time. Troy's struggles and revelations hit home to just about anyone. The language is strong at some points and serves to make Troy extreemely believable.