Troy Billings is over three hundred pounds and his weight dominates everything that he does and thinks about. When skinny Curt McCrae thwarts Troy’s suicide attempt, he enlists Troy to be a drummer in his band. Troy doesn’t know the first thing about the drums or music, but he lets Curt pull him along because he feels like someone cares about him for the first time in his life.
Fat Kid Rules the World is gritty and painfully candid. Going gets close to Troy’s insecurities as he struggles to keep up with Curt’s manic ideas, and she uses Curt’s struggles with prescription drug use to propel Troy to find his self-confidence and value for life. While the relationship between Troy and Curt is well-written, the secondary characters of this novel, particularly Troy’s father and brother, tend to come across as caricatures rather than characters. Nevertheless, the story is quick-witted, sometimes darkly humorous, sometimes uncomfortable, but ultimately triumphant.
Cover Comments: I'm not a huge fan of this cover, but I do like the colors and I think that the title is fantastic.
Book borrowed from the library.