Fat Kid Rules the World

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Fat Kid Rules the World
FatKidRulestheWorld.jpg
AuthorKL Going
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung adult novel
PublisherPenguin Group
Publication date
June 23, 2003
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages224
ISBN978-0-399-23990-8
 
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Fat Kid Rules the World
FatKidRulestheWorld.jpg
AuthorKL Going
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung adult novel
PublisherPenguin Group
Publication date
June 23, 2003
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages224
ISBN978-0-399-23990-8

Fat Kid Rules the World is a young adult novel published by American author KL Going in 2003. The story follows a suicidal, 296 pound teen, Troy Billings, who befriends a local guitar legend, Curt MacCrae, who insists that they form a band together with Troy playing drums. KL Going has stated it was inspired by a mix of punk music, Kurt Cobain biographies, and a rejection letter she received from an editor.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Troy Billings, 6'1 and weighing 296 pounds, is contemplating suicide when a homeless former student from Troy's school, Curt McCrae, intervenes. McCrae tells Troy that he saved his life, now he owes him a favor, so he insists that they start a band together with Troy playing drums. The only problem is that Troy can't play drums.

Together, Curt and Troy create the band Rage/Tectonic. Although unable to play drums, he goes right into practicing for an upcoming gig. In the process, Troy finds self-confidence and acceptance while realizing he is desperately trying to save Curt's life from drug addiction and abuse.

Reception[edit]

Fat Kid Rules the World received mostly positive reviews from critics. The Open Critic stated "K.L. Going makes a great example of teen’s life in this great book. Every page will leave the reader thinking of just how more anyone can change."[2] Ilene Cooper from Booklist said, "The narrative could have been tighter in places, but this is an impressive debut that offers hope for all kids--dross transmuted into gold." [3] The novel was awarded the Michael L. Printz Award honor for literary excellence in young adult literature.:[4]

Film adaptation[edit]

A film adaptation of Fat Kid Rules the World premiered on March 9, 2012 at SXSW in Austin.[5][6] It was filmed in 2011,[7] under the direction of Matthew Lillard, with Jacob Wysocki, Matt O'Leary, and Billy Campbell in the cast.[8][9] Mike McCready of Pearl Jam composed the film's soundtrack.[10] Although the novel is set in New York, the film was shot in Seattle,[7] with Capitol Hill being used as a backdrop.[11] Fat Kid Rules the World is to be one of the four final feature films to be filmed in Seattle under a Washington financial incentive program.[12] Reviews have been mostly positive.[13]

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