Thursday, May 3, 2012
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
Troy Billings is seventeen, 296 pounds, friendless, utterly miserable, and about to step off a New York subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Until he meets Curt MacCrae, an emaciated, semi-homeless, high school dropout guitar genius, the stuff of which Lower East Side punk rock legends are made. Never mind that Troy's dad thinks Curt's a drug addict and Troy's brother thinks Troy's the biggest (literally) loser in Manhattan. Soon, Curt has recruited Troy as his new drummer, even though Troy can't play the drums. Together, Curt and Troy will change the world of punk, and Troy's own life, forever.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Fat Kid Rules the World. There came a point when all Troy’s “fat kid jokes” become less funny and more sad. The self-deprecating humor on his part had me laughing early on but only later feeling slightly uncomfortable in how uncomfortable he really felt.
Add the fact that a lot of this felt so unlikely. Think Cinderella. Only it’s Curt the semi-homeless rock god guitar high school legend who takes the fairy godmother persona, to Troy’s ‘Fat kid/ Cinderella. The transformation though came a bit slow, funny, certainly but as is slightly predictable, well…you realize that they transform each other.
I enjoyed them together. Curt in particular. He’s got a very go get 'em stance, and he's got this easy confidence that never really quite rubbed off off on the other, but there’s was a change in Troy. But seriously, there’s only so many FAT KID jokes one can take before pity takes over one’s emotions. I also liked that they weren’t together all the time; that instead it’s Troy on his own mulling over his possibilities that lead to more of the change. Then surprise of surprises the father is actually a good guy.
The two are so different from each other, save the fact that neither lives a perfect life. Where one is so unsure about what he’s got to offer, the other is quite sure but lacks the support to do so… well, what a pair is all. It’s too bad that I felt there was something missing to them.
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