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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,803 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: K. L. Going Narrator: Matthew Lillard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Troy Billings, at six-foot-one, 296 pounds, is standing at the edge of a subway platform, seriously contemplating suicide, when he meets Curt MacCrae—and emaciated, semi-homeless punk guitar genius who also happens to be a dropout legend at Troy’s high school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

“I saved your life,” Curt tells Troy. “You owe me lunch.”

But lunch with Curt brings more than he bargained for. Suddenly, Troy finds himself recruited as Curt’s drummer for his new band. “We'll be called Rage/Tectonic. Sort of a punk rock, Clash sort of thing,” Curt tells him.

There’s only one problem. Troy can’t play the drums. Oh yes, and Troy’s father thinks Curt’s a drug addict. And Troy’s brother thinks Troy’s a loser.

But with Curt, anything is possible. “You’ll see,” says Curt. “We’re going to be HUGE.” Fortunately, mercurial Curt has an energy, enthusiasm, and wisdom that is as irresistible as it is contagious. Before long, Troy is swept up by his desire to be everything Curt believes him to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Troy's voice is candid, irreverent, realistic and humorous. [A] wonderful, engrossing tale. SLJ
  • Winner of Printz Honors, 2004
  • A 2004 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2004 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2004 School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2004 Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award : Young Reader's Choice

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tracy Nomensen | 2/20/2014

    " not for everyone....it's gritty and real...I'm a fan "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Brittanie | 12/31/2013

    " I absolutely loathed this book. It has a completely unrealistic view of fat kids based solely off of stereotypes. The kid is only 300 lbs. but can barely walk without feeling like dying? And he's described as being pretty tall, so all in all, he wouldn't be that big, fat-wise. Being a big person myself, I found this distasteful and think that K.L. Going should have done a little more field research before making the easily lovable main character one big fat joke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nandar | 12/23/2013

    " Ok, I only picked this book up because of the title. And man I didn't even expect it to be what it was. Loved it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maryann | 10/18/2013

    " Great young adult story of redemption. Another recommendation from The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian, probably because of how well Going gets inside the head of his Fat Boy and has how he thinks change. "

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