A Michael L. Printz Honor Book
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’s 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.
"Troy's voice is candid, irreverent, realistic and humorous. [A] wonderful, engrossing tale."—SLJ
An ALA BBYA
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
A Booklist Editors' Choice
An SLJ Best Book of the Year
A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year
A fish out of water, 6'1", 300-pound Troy is on the verge of suicide at least he believes he is when he is inexplicably rescued by a homeless boy/legendary local punk rock musician. In PW's words, this is "a savvy and fast-paced debut." Ages 12-up.
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From the eyes of a Drummer :)
After being a professional Drummer since age 8, and beginning playing with my Dads band at age 6, later moving to Nashville, Tennessee and playing on the Road, this story actually is riveting. It kept me glued to it like a Drum Stick to the hand of a Drummer. What's funny is I pictured the Character of Curt as that of the person of which the book was dedicated. Thanks for a trip down memory lane, and for keeping to the true life feelings of becoming a professional Drummer extraordinaire.
Mark Allen McClain
Aka Hunter Green
(Former Radio Name)
this was a great read, laced with heart. this wasn't a negative, or stereotypical view of an obese main character, but an endearing view of self-acceptance, and one of those rare friendships that take one there. I would recommend this read to anyone with heart, who knows the feeling of never quite being who you really are, or could be. kudos to the author on this one.
I love tht book.i was sad when I finished reading it because I still wanted to read more..Best book ever!!!