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Fat Kid Rules the World – tekijä: K. L.…
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Fat Kid Rules the World (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2003; vuoden 2004 painos)

– tekijä: K. L. Going

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioMaininnat
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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.
Jäsen:RosanaSantana
Teoksen nimi:Fat Kid Rules the World
Kirjailijat:K. L. Going
Info:Speak (2004), Paperback, 192 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):***
Avainsanoja:LIS 722, YA, drums, music, drug abuse

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Fat Kid Rules the World (tekijä: K. L. Going) (2003)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 64) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Sad, gritty realistic fiction that has a triumphant but not unrealistic ending. ( )
  RakishaBPL | Sep 24, 2021 |
Troy's life is utterly miserable. He weights like a baby elephant, he only owns identical beige pants because they are the only ones he's able to fit into, he doesn't have any friends and his younger brother is aggressively embarrassed by him. It's no wonder he's standing there, infront of the subway tracks, about to jump. All he wants is for life to be over already.

Except that doesn't happen. Instead he is distracted by the dirty homeless man next to him on the platform. A dirty homeless man who turns out to be no other than Curt MacCrae from his school who is just as known for his amazing guitar skills as he is for his habit of disappearing for periods of time. But he's obviously hungry for a return because he insists that Troy joins his new band as his drummer; never mind that Troy didn't want to be saved from the train or that he can't play the drums to save his life. How is he possibly going to be good enough to be in the same band as Curt, Lower East Side's own teenage punk rock legend? But at the same time, it's hard to say no to Curt, Lower East Side's own teeenage punk rock legend...

I watched the movie back in the day just after it came out, and I loved it so much. It was funny and heartfelt; and ever since, I've had the book on my reading list. The excitement was real when I got a text message saying my local library had finally bought it and it was ready to be picked up.

And I certainly wasn't disappointed. It is more or less identical to the movie and I fell right back in love with Troy, Curt and their story. It's hard not to, honestly, with Troy's deep craving after a place where he feels like he belongs and Curt's hysterical and tragic chaos. But I equally loved Troy's brother and father and how the story also allows a deeper look into how their lives have changed ever since their mother passed away several years ago. It's a sad story, definitely, but it is also filled with so, so many good moments. I never wanted it to end. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
Troy is obese, suicidal, and terrified. He's bullied for his size by his peers and his little brother. He's too scared to stand up for himself and swallows his words and his stress snacks. He's about to jump in front of train when he meets his manic pixie homeless boy, Curt.

Curt is a guitar legend. He's shifty and twitchy and somehow convinces Troy to be the drummer in a band with him. Troy doesn't know how to play the drums or be genuine in front of a crowd or tell Curt no. Troy is desperate for a friend and Curt is starving. For a while we're not sure if his interest in Troy is real.

I read this as a teenager and loved it and love it still. Having self-love being packaged as 'everyone is disgusting. see through the bull.' really got me through some rough times. Smash a guitar and love yourself! ( )
  marcosburlybiceps | Mar 22, 2019 |
I enjoyed this book a lot because of the interaction between Troy and his family including Curt. Some of the rock band stuff didn't interest me but other than that it was a pretty good book.
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  AngelaRenea | Jan 12, 2019 |
Banned Book Week! Time to read a second banned book. This one was challenged for its language, sexual content and depiction of drug use.

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 Troy need to help save Curt from his drug abuse? Hmmm.

The strength of the book lies in its characters. It was very easy for me to identify with the 296-pounds, 6'1" protagonist as I have shared those exact numbers many times in my life, starting in junior high or slightly earlier up to the present day. As an adult who has a child with anxieties, I also found it easy to identify with Troy's father. And Curt, well he is charming as hell as long as you overlook his hygiene and drug problems.

As for being banned, I think there is much more here to benefit a young reader than there is to harm them. ( )
  villemezbrown | Sep 29, 2018 |
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I'm a sweating fat kid standing on the edge of the subway platform staring at the tracks.
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Dad drives me to school and, as always, I'm a surreal spectacle...the kids on the street stop to laugh...I concentrate on willing everybody away from Dad's car until he's driven off. Then I concentrate on getting inside the building with the minimum amount of sweat and breathlessness. Trust me, it's an ordeal.

...Then I see Curt...he's leaning against my locker surrounded by a small group of senior Goth kids...

I think, Curt MacCrae is standing at my locker. The real Curt MacCrae, not the least bit dead, is holding court at my locker. Then I whisper, "There is a crowd gathered around my locker." The corners of my fat mouth twitch.

...He drags me to the end of the hall and we stand next to the emergency exit door. A rampant grin runs away from my puckered lips as I wait for Curt's secret information. "Practice, second period?" he asks...

A hundred eyes stare in our direction and Curt shuffles in place, waiting for my response.
I open my mouth...
"Second period," I say, nodding gravely. I make a hand motion worthy of the Godfather, and the deal is struck.
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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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