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Publisher's Summary

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, enthusiam, and wisdom that is as irresistible as it is contagious. Before long, Troy is swept up by his desire to be everything Curt belives him to be.

©2004 K. L. Going; (P)2009 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"[T]his is an impressive debut that offers hope for all kids--dross transmuted into gold." (Booklist)

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I really like this book 👍

This book expresses feeling emotion and actions that Troy and Curt make. I 99% recommended this book to most middle schools. I approve of this great fantastic book😉

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Wonderful book, excellent movie!

I really loved the story. It had such a big impact on me. I really connected to the main character, Tory Billings. Not as a 6'1", 296 lb teenager, but as someone who didn't fit in and couldn't really find their place in life throughout school before I fell into more of the punk scene. I saw the movie before I read the book. It was very well done! It mirrors the book very well! To listen to the audiobook being read by Matthew Lillard, the director of the movie, was a perfect combination. He reads it so well and so smoothly! Loved it!

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  • Bridgett
  • Midland, Texas, United States
  • 07-15-13

Matthew Lillard stole the show!

What made the experience of listening to Fat Kid Rules the World the most enjoyable?

I thought Matthew Lillard brought this story to life. I could really believe the characters and the experiences and the thought process.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fat Kid Rules the World?

The ending. To prevent spoilers, I won't give it away. But I liked how the story ended. Every path each character took, each growth, led to this pivotal moment.

What does Matthew Lillard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The life of the characters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were multiple moments. There were moments I could laugh with Troy and moments my heart broke for him and for Curt.