Fat Kid Rules the World

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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 ...

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Overview

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

An ALA BBYA

A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book

Booklist Editors' Choice

An SLJ Best Book of the Year

Miami Herald Best Book of the Year

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. In PW's words, this is "a savvy and fast-paced debut." Ages 12-up. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Take a suicidal, three-hundred-pound misfit, whose sardonic sense of humor constantly supplies his imagination with headlines beginning FAT KID..., and inject him with hope in the form of Curt, an oddly charismatic "white piece of twine" who is addicted to prescription cold medicine and NyQuil(r). Troy, a.k.a. Big T, has never imagined himself as a fat kid drummer boy for any band, but Curt convinces him that they can become the next Smack Metal Puppets. Even before his mother died, Troy never felt as if he belonged, but now, Curt's drug-induced energy and personality push Big T into the limelight-whether he likes it or not. Curt, by completely ignoring Troy's negative image of himself, forces Troy to realize that there is more to life than his own misery. Suddenly, in a wild reversal of roles, FAT KID CARES becomes the headline most important to Troy. This book gives readers a wild ride through the mind and heart of a seventeen-year-old who contemplates suicide by imagining what his fat would look like splattered by a subway train. Going's edgy and realistic characterization of Troy and Curt will resonate with readers who themselves are struggling with image, depression, and drug abuse issues. Anyone who works with teenagers will recognize Curt and Troy immediately and come away from this book with a new understanding of what each person does in the name of self-protection. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Putnam's, 177p,
— Lynn Evarts
Children's Literature
The main reason that 300-pound Troy Billings doesn't commit suicide by jumping in front of a New York subway train is that he is afraid people will think it's funny: "Would it be funny if the Fat Kid got splattered by a subway train? Is that funny?" But he is also interrupted by a chance conversation with another lost teen: Curt MacCrae, homeless high-school dropout, druggie, and punk-rock legend. When Curt invites—cajoles, pressures, forces—Troy to become the drummer in his not-yet-formed rock band, Rage/Tectonic, overlooking the slight detail that Troy can't play the drums, Troy's life begins to change, and Curt's does, too. Troy's retired-marine-officer dad and sneering, hostile jock brother are at first dismissive, then grudgingly impressed, and for the first time in his life, Troy is impressed with himself, too. But in the end he is going to have to risk everything to save Curt as Curt once saved him. Troy's edgy present-tense narration is punctuated by hilarious and poignant imagined headlines: "FAT KID HALLUCINATING ABOUT COOL FRIEND;" "EXULTANT FAT KID REJOICES;" "FAT KID WITH A PLAN." Going creates a completely credible picture of the New York punk-rock scene and makes us believe in Troy's bumpy journey toward becoming both a rock-band drummer and a true friend; in the process she identifies herself as one of the most promising new voices in YA fiction. 2003, G. P. Putnam,
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Actor Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo, Scream) is briefly accompanied by punk rock music as he reads K. L. Going's novel with expression, enthusiasm, and emotion (Putnam, 2003). Lillard narrates clearly and fluidly, changing his voice for each character and making each role convincing. Troy, a 17-year-old 298 pound "Fat Kid," is considering suicide, but can't think of an approach that won't be funny to those who stifle giggles when they see him carry out everyday tasks. Deep in thought, Troy doesn't notice Curt watching him. Curt interrupts and claims that Troy owes him lunch in exchange for saving his life. Going named Curt after Kurt Cobain, an appropriate namesake for this troubled, genius guitar player determined to form a punk rock band. Curt is convinced Troy is the ideal drummer-except that Troy can't play the drums. These imperfect, but lovable and sometimes funny characters, developed through off-the-wall, powerful descriptions, create a realistic picture of the teen punk music world. Through some difficult life lessons, Curt inspires Troy to see himself differently. Ultimately, though, Troy finds his own path to self-confidence by reaching beyond himself to the needs of others, especially Curt. The poignant relationship is reminiscent of Holes, Of Mice and Men, and Freak the Mighty. The few female characters are portrayed as sexual objects, except for Troy's mother who died of cancer, and Curt's mother who wants nothing to do with him. Sexual references, negative portrayals of adults for most of the novel, and excessive use of expletives, especially the "f word," make this novel most appropriate for individual listening.-Kariana Cullen Gonzales, Lincoln Consolidated High School, Ypsilanti, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142402085
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 11/18/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 168,793
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

K. L. Going lives with her family 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. K.L. is the author of many books, including Fat Kid Rules The World, The Liberation of Gabriel King, and Dog in Charge. Her first novel, Fat Kid Rules the World, was a YALSA Michael L. Printz honor book.

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Skinny Punk Genius Saves Fat Kid

"Lucky for you I was at that station," Curt says as he watches me eat. "I mean, since I saved your life and all." His eyes track each bite I take, but when I offer him my fries he won't take any.

"I wasn't going to jump," I say, holding a french fry in the air. I'm lying, but only halfway.

Curt scoffs.

"Were," he says as if there's no argument. "I was watching you for, like, an hour. That rude, twirpy kid left, then three trains passed and you never looked up from the tracks. Then the insane laughter and I knew you'd lost it. I said to myself, Curt, you save this kid's life and he will surely buy you lunch."

"I wasn't going to jump," I say again with my best resolute look. I was just thinking. Just thinking."

Curt considers this at length.

"How come?" he finally asks.

I want to give him the you-moron look the kids at school have perfected. Maybe say something sarcastic like, "Use your imagination." I want to say, "Open your eyes. I'm a fucking three-hundred-pound teenager living in the most unforgiving city on earth. I'm ugly and dumb and I make stupid noises when I breathe. I annoy and bewilder my only living parent, mortify my little brother, and have no friends."

I shrug.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Great Book from start to finish

    The book is about Troy, "I'm a sweating fat kid standing on the edge of the subway platform staring at the tracks. I'm seventeen years old, weigh 296 pounds, and I'm six foot one. This book isn't something you're going to want to put down after the first 4 pages like all other books. This one will keep you interested from the very start until the end. The dialog they use for each character is just how any teenager would be talking. The descriptions of certain people and places can paint a picture in your head as if you were actually there. It is creative,fun and there is never a dull moment. Troy meets up with a dropout musician from his school name Curt McGrae right before he is about to jump into the oncoming train. Curt saves him and insists on lunch. Troy agrees, and after a very few things occur, Troy ends up in Curt's band! Not knowing how to play the drums and being self conscience about himself how is he going to go on stage and play next to the "famous" musician?! Troy is caught in a lie so far and he can't come to say that he can't play the drums. How will Curt react? What will happen to Troy? Read the book to find out!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Love the book, the moving didn't compare!

    I watched the movie and thought it was a really good, touching story that had it's funny moments. Then I read the book. Mind. Blown. The book was amazing!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    5 stars one of my favorites!

    The Fat Kid Rules the World is a great story for anyone who loves a good book about friendship, music, and hard times! The characters are interesting, the storyline is compelling, and the writing is done very well. Great book, I would recommend it to anyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Troy Billings is seventeen years old. He weighs 296 pounds. He's six foot one. And he has a crew cut. Yeah, that's right, a crew cut. He is a sweating fat kid standing on the edge of the subway platform over the yellow line and looking down.

    And, if you think about it right, there's something funny about it, there really is.

    At least until Curt MacCrae, the wily blonde ferret of a boy--sometimes student, sometimes dropout, all-the-time legend (and all-the-time homeless) boy/guitar genius, saves Troy's life.

    Suddenly, instead of jumping in front of the F train Troy is the new drummer in Curt's band. Even though he can't actually play the drums.

    As Troy learns the ins and outs of Punk Rock and being Curt's friend, he also finds that hitting it big as a drummer and in life might have a lot more to do with his attitude than is weight in Fat Kid Rules the World (2004) by K. L. Going.

    I didn't realize it until just now when I was writing up the summary part of the review (I write those all myself, did you all know that?), but this is actually one of my favorite books.

    It's not easy being the outsider because you can't shop at the same stores as the skinny kids or because you're plain old bigger than everyone else.* It's not easy having a brother who thinks you're a loser or a father who pretty much knows you're a waste of space. Troy has all of those things bringing him down.

    He also has the most amazing sense of humor that comes through in every page of the book in his charming narration. Going manages to take a story that could be tragic and make it funny, poignant, hopeful and amazing. It's short enough to dazzle reluctant readers, deep enough to thrill anyone looking for something more "literary." In short, Fat Kid Rules the World is just kind of a great book.

    But not everyone thinks so . . . *cue dramatic segue music*

    For those of you who might not know, we are smack in the middle of Banned Books Week (September 25 to October 2, 2010). Banned Books Week is an annual thing that ALA has been organizing since 1982. It's a week to raise awareness about books that are challenged in local libraries for reasons ranging from vaguely logical in a skewed-censorship-supporting-way to the completely insane (like this guy who thought Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson was pornographic**).

    At its core, Banned Books Week is, quite simlpy, about celebrating the freedom to read whatever you want. (Possibly also to read whatever you want without remorse.) Thankfully larger library systems, like the one where I work, don't have a lot of challenges that reach this level. But many libraries do and it's a serious problem because people should be able to make their own decisions about what they read. And it's not just modern books either, many popular classics are banned or challenged all the time.

    To celebrate Banned Books Week The Rejectionist and T. H. Mafi have proposed that everyone post a review of their favorite banned book on September 30, so here (obviously) is my review of Fat Kid Rules the World by K. L. Going which was the 58th most banned book of the decade (here's the bonus list for 1990 to 1999) and also one of the sweetest, most optimistic books out there (in a manly, all of the characters are boys, kind of way). Oh and it was a Printz Award honor book in 2004.

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

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    Love this book

    This Book Is So Funny!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    This review is held together with the sweat of a fat kid.

    This excellent book,with it's fast pace, catching plot, great music dialog, and believable characters is a wonderful read for a middle or high school boy. It hangs together perfectly, and the pages turn quickly in the eager hands of readers (especially after its been greased with the fat of the main character). It's cast of huffing fat kids, high punk rock stars, stupid jock brothers and strict but sorta nice ex-marine dads brings this book to you with an explosion of incredibly well written words.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Wow

    I thought that ¿Fat Kid Rules the World¿ was an excellent book overall. Though in many occasions it did us profanity and swearing, I have never read a book that is better about describing someone¿s thoughts. That is why I could not put it down. I expected the book to end much differently then it did, but I was not disappointed. I was even better than I had imagined. This book has many unexpected twists and I recommend it for anyone who likes the books ¿Crank¿, ¿Burned¿, and ¿Glass¿.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Rule the world

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Emotion book and movie...

    Helps you understand obesity and punk rock notion...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    To shimmerkit

    I would like to role play with you so can you tell me whats going on...please...thank you

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    To starkit

    Can i join? My name is shimmerkit. My mom abandoned me. Starts to cry. Shes covered from head to toe in scratches and one of her legs looks broken. Theres a huge gash on her shoulder. Normally her pelt would be shimmery silver but its stained red with blood. Her eyes r full of pain. Ps i would ask on the next result but im locked out.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    fat kid rules the world

    Do you like funny, interesting, and entertaining books to read? If thats the case then this is the definite book for you. The main character, Troy Billings, is a seventeen year old kid attending a high school in New York. Troy is two hundred and ninety-six pounds and unfortunately hates his life all around. One day in front of a few train tracks Troy was just about to commit suicide by jumping in front of one the trains. Luckily, there was homeless kid he met named, Curt, who stops him from jumping and taking his own life. Soon after that both Curt and Troy become good friends and even starting a band with each other. This band they start together really comes somewhat popular in there high school and extremely blooms Troy's popularity. While your reading it makes you image a picture in your mind about whats going on in the story. The interpersonal relationship is that I also know an over weight teenager that doesn't appreciate his life. When reading the book if makes you think of a question while your reading. For example "What's going to happen next" or "why did he do that". It's a kind of book that makes you think but at the same time laugh.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    Great book!!

    Troy, the main character is an obese seventeen year old who was found by Kurt standing on the edge of subway platform thinking about jumping off into the bus. He thought about who would miss him and how all his fat would splatter onto the subway. Troy thinks about how everybody laughs at all his everything he does. Troy's mother past away when he was little. He has never acted the same since then. His dad is ashamed that his son is obese and his own brother won't even talk to him and is embarrased to be seen with him. Before he goes to jump he hears a voice from a guy named Kurt. Kurt is a legend at Troy's school. Kurt demands lunch for "saving his life and stopping him for jumping into the subway." They begin to be friends and form a band. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys music, or feels different from everybody else and is an outsider. Troy starts his adventure. He becomes a rock star drummer and is noticed more.

    Fat Kid Rules the World is a hiarious book. Troy and his daydreams are funny. This is the life of a teenager, the book does use profanity. But all the profanity is used at the right time and K.L. Going does not go overboard with it. This book is interesting and will keep you reading. I highly recommend this book for teenagers and young adults. You will expect the book to be different than it actually is. It has twist and turns and this will have you wanting more books like Fat Kid Rules the World.

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  • Posted November 12, 2010

    fat kid rules the world

    Fat Kid Rules the World is a book that talks about two kids that start a band. These two kids are intending on a bad life till this band comes along. These two kids meet at the subway. Troy is a fat kid that was intending on committing suicide. When in the midst of his suicide Curt, a homeless kid, said hi and introduced himself to Troy. Troy then came down and went to lunch with Curt. Curt wouldn't leave Troy alone so he went home. Troy called for a taxi and Curt hopped into it with him. When they got home Troy's dad basically said get out. So then Curt left. Later that night he came back and snuck in. later in the end they start a band. shayne

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    A good book with a respectable narrator with a unique voice. Its comical, but also covers some deeper issues. Its not exactly exciting, but its absorbing enough to be interesting. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2008

    Bow to the fat kid

    Fat Kid Rules the World was written by K.L. Going. She has lived in New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Maine. As a kid she moved frequently and always was the odd man out. She is four feet eleven inches, but was never self conscious about her height, but instead her weight. Going often felt everyone was looking at her as she felt like the fat kid. She still to this day is very insecure with herself and is an exercise fanatic. She works part time at a gym just so she can work out all day long. This possibly explains how she was able to hone in on the character Troy, and give the reader a glimpse of what it is really like to be laughed at because you¿re different. Troy Billings is a lonely kid of seventeen years old standing on the edge of a subway platform thinking if anyone would miss him if he jumped, and how his fat would explode as the train slammed into him. He is morbidly obese at six foot one and around three hundred pounds. Troy¿s mom died when he was little and his life has never been the same. He has a father who is a Marine and is ashamed of the fact that his son is obese and a jock little brother who refuses to be seen with his big brother, let alone talk to him. This is all about to change however. His suicidal thoughts are suddenly disrupted when a voice comes into his head telling him not to jump. At first Troy wonders if he is just hearing things as he looks around and sees everyone who he believes to be secretly staring at him. He then locates the voice coming from a pile of dirt lying in a corner on the subway station floor, his name is Curt. Curt is a star at Troy¿s school or better yet a legend. He is a rock star who left Troy¿s school a few years prior, and there is a myth around the school as to whether a kid could actually be that good on the guitar. Now Curt wants Troy to buy him lunch and the whirl wind of life changing moments begins. Follow Troy in his adventure to become a rock star drummer, and all the things that come with it like trouble, friends, and even girls. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys music, or just likes the warming sensation of a happy story. It is likely that you¿ll read this one from cover to cover without even blinking as Troy and Curt rock your world!<BR/> In a brief conclusion this book is for anyone looking for a picker upper with the character Troy who gives you someone to cheer for as he goes from a laughed at fat kid to a rock star with fans roaring for him. I greatly enjoyed Fat Kid Rules the World and I¿m sure you will too!

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

    Troy knows that everyone is watching him. And laughing at him. Of course they are. At seventeen years old and almost 300 pounds, wearing what appears to be the same pair of tan pants daily, every move he makes is laughable. Will he be able to get out of the car? How many burgers will he eat? Even his effort to breathe is laughable as he huffs and puffs his way along. <BR/><BR/>He worries that he smells. You don¿t understand. It¿s not that he¿s a pig or anything, he just has a hard time fitting in the shower.<BR/><BR/>Poised over the subway tracks, Troy contemplates whether he can find a form of suicide that will be so serious, so severe, that no one will laugh. Enter Curt. Semi-homeless teen, school dropout, legend at his high school, and uber amazing guitar player, Curt attaches himself to Troy after saving him from the tracks. He¿s an itch that can¿t be scratched, a tick burrowing under the skin. Before Troy realizes it, he¿s agreed to buy Curt dinner and join his band as a drummer, even though he hasn¿t played since seventh grade.<BR/><BR/>Who is he kidding? He can¿t do this. He sees it in the eyes of his perfect kid brother, Dayle, as well as his military dad, the ¿disappointed dysfunctional parent."<BR/><BR/>But with Curt¿s help, Troy learns to look past himself. He finds support in unexpected places. But it¿s not until Curt is hospitalized that Troy finally has the guts to really take a risk.<BR/><BR/>This is a fast-paced book. K. L. Going immerses the reader in the world of punk rock through the eyes of the fat kid who yearns to have people really look at him. She has a great sense of humor that shines with lines of comparison, like when Troy compares himself to Dayle before the big gig. Troy thinks Dayle looks like he¿s ¿ready to win the Super Bowl, while I¿m ready to heave into one." Ms. Going does an amazing job of getting into the psyche of the fat kid. There is a fair amount of rough language, but even so, this book rocks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    Amazzzzzing

    My mom recommended this book to me and I loved it! The characters in the story are very believable and captivating. It¿s not like one of those books were every things perfect and things only get better. This one of those highly intense books were everyone is shown for who the really are. The book made me think about how lucky I have it. If you want to read a highly shocking but oddly heart warming page-turner then this book is definitely for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    fat kid rules the world

    There aren't many books that show how a fat kid gets to be in a band, but in this book, Troy Billings gets to do this. He meets Curt McCrae, guitar player in Smack Metal Puppets, saves Troy from committing suicide and they become friends and make a band called Rage/tectonic. Curt and Troy practiced every day for a gig at 'The Dump'. Before they actually play they went to one of Smack Metal Puppets shows to show Troy what it will actually be like. If you¿d like to hear the rest of this book you¿ll have to check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    Fat Kid Rules the World

    This is for a ¿Superbad¿ watching, punk rocking, normal teenage boy. The book Fat Kid Rules the World is about an obese boy who defiantly knows it he tries to fit in school and in his family. Troy finds himself struggling to save his friend, Curt, a drug addicted guitarist who supposedly saves Curt¿s life. Together the fat boy and the most popular semi-homeless guitarist come together to make the band Rage/Tonic the book ends in a way you¿ll never suspect. This book is a, ¿A fat-kid Christmas Special¿ that will make you laugh so hard in public you¿ll get embarrassed.

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