Fat Kid Rules the World
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 ...more
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When he goes to his first punk rock show and completely loses himself in ...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...more
While it is a pretty decent young adult novel, Fat Kid smacks a bit of simplistic After School Special storytelling. Troy is an overweight teen with all sorts of anxieties. A homeless but legendary dropout named Curt from Troy's high school pulls Troy back from suicidal thoughts by befriending him and inviting him to form a punk rock band. But in the end will ...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 ...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
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 ...more
Partly due to Matthew Lillard's perfect voice for Troy, this was a really ...more
However, I have this book a three because it does explore some good ideas and convey an interesting message. It starts off with the main character attempting suicide. This is a big real world issue that we talk about in school all the time. The other thing that I though worked with this book was the message it sent. It showed that everyone ...more
TW for contemplations of suicide at a close psychic distance.
This book is about Troy. As you might have guessed from the title, Troy is fat. He knows it, he knows the world knows it, he knows the world sees nothing but it, but he doesn't know what to do about it. He spends so much of his time and attention being terrified that everyone is staring at him and his bulk, that every comment, every laugh, smirk or snicker, every look is directed at him that he is paralyzed much of the time in ...more
Book Summary/: Troy is the main character and feels ashamed and unworthy of being alive. He was going to kill himself by jumping out in front of a train, but a ...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 ...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 ...more
Troy Billings is a 300 pound screw-up who has had enough. He is tired of being ...more
Except that doesn't happen. Instead he is distracted by the dirty homeless man next to him on the platform. A dirty homeless man ...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 ...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.”