Fat Kid Rules the World
Useless backstory trivia about me: Lauren has been on a campaign to ruin my reputation for years and years (since the '90s!). She has this idea that I t ...more
When he goes to his first punk rock show and completely loses himself in th ...more
What inspired me to read about this overweight boy is that that I had seen a special Biggest Loser episode. In this episode featured a young man entering his 20's. He was funny, charming, and smart but ultimately saddened because of his loneliness. His appearance seemed to be the major contributor to his low self-esteem. I felt so much compassio...more
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going - Motherless Troy lives with his ex-marine father and jock brother in New York City. Self-described as 300 pounds, Troy feels friendless and alone and lives in fear of the laughter he feels whenever others look at him. One day, while contemplating ...more
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.
He worries that he smells. You don’t understand. It’s not that he’s a pig or anyth ...more
Partly due to Matthew Lillard's perfect voice for Troy, this was a really enjo ...more
By K.L. Going
In Fat kid rules the world by K.L. Going is a book about a boy who is in self-loathing, from every day average problems such as family, bullies, and bodily problems. Troy Billings goes through life as though he is on auto-pilot, only looking to the day when he will end his own life. But a mysterious boy comes and changes Troy’s life; will it be for better or worse?
This book is great for teens and adolescent adults, the problems perceived in the novel is comp ...more
That being said, I really did love this book. I've felt like this kid most of my life and it didn't have anything to do with my weight. Just insecurities.
I thought the story line was genius, the plot was totally original, and I loved the truth of the characters; that they were flawed and didn't really get fixed but learned how to manage and accept their flaws. Also, that ...more
"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. I have a crew cut, yes a crew cut, sallow skin, and the kind of mouth that puckers when I breathe. I'm wearing a shirt that reads MIAMI BEACH--SPRING BREAK 1997, and huge, bland tan pants--the only kind of pants I own. Eight pairs, all tan."
As this head-bash ...more
This is probably the best book I have read all year. I absolutely loved the descriptive language and writing. For example, "Curt pops out the other side like a watermelon emerging from the birth canal" (p. 42). On p. 135 Troy describes what he has eaten in 72 hours. Amazing yet I can see myself doing the same thing after his first stage experience with the band.
What was most interesting was learning how ...more
Troy Billings is a 300 pound screw-up who has had enough. He is tired of being l ...more
Generally, that was what goes inside Troy Billing’s head most of the time. Being laughed at all the time for being overweight has become too much of a torment. The only thing peop ...more
Troy can hardly believe that he has actually made a friend. But h ...more
They start a band and hang out and throughout most of the book Troy is filled with intense loathing for himself.
He never realises Curt's homeless, has abusive parents and a drug addict.
One of the things I loved most about this book's message is if you get too wrapped up in hating yourself than you avoid seeing that everyone has problems. Troy had issues with his dad but they were not ...more
Troy also weighs nearly 300 pounds, and everyone stares. Or at least he thinks they do.
He also thinks it might be a good idea to splat himself in the NY subway after seventeen unremarkable years, but he's not even sure if he'll get that right. That's when Curt MacCrae, the only semi-homeless semi-student punk rock artist legend from school cons Tr ...more
But that's the moment that, Curt, punk-rock guitarist, school stoner and coolness personified in Troy's mind, abruptly barges into Troy's life. He says he wants Troy to play drums in his band, for some reason. Troy is flattered but reluctant, not having played since 7th grade.
But, what's up with Curt? W ...more
I have to say that at 6'1" 300lbs will always be big, but not bi ...more
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Wait. So what you’re saying…” I pause. “What you’re saying is…people aren’t really looking at me?”
Curt looks up with his chin still on the table. He's watching me watch them. "You saw it, didn't you?" he breathes.
I shake my head. "No, I didn't see anything really...." I squint.
the woman puts a small amount of egg on her fork, then lifts it tentatively. She's trying to act beautiful, in control. She moves her body sideways, then opens her mouth....
"See?" curt asks drowsy. "You see it?"
I stare, fascinated. Maybe, after all, I do.
Curt nods in answer to the question I haven't asked.
"Finally," he says. "Do you get it now?"
I nod very slowly. The woman takes another bite, and I don't think about her legs anymore. I just watch for the flash. I don't think I will, but I see it again. One minute she looks confident , perfect, the next I see something else. I cringe.
I try watching the man instead, but that's worse. I realize for the first time that he's trying really hard.”