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Fat Kid Rules the World by K. L. Going
Fat Kid Rules the World

masman00001, November 14, 2007

Think of the fattest person you know then think of what they go through each day when they do something, anything someone almost always laughs. What would they do, actually what would you do? Maybe commit suicide by jumping in front of a train, a bus, a car? Well in Fat Kid Rules the World he is just about to when someone helps him. He is a skinny homeless pile of stink and dirt yet is one awesome guitarist. It has a great point of view for the fat kid, Troy, like what he eats and how he responds to people staring at him and how he feels about his family. Even though I’m a thin 120 pound person I know what he is talking about. Going spells out that Troy was hanging on by a single licorice strand until a little help and a small hobby like playing an instrument keeps him going and allows him surpass his standard for living and seeing other things. For some reason Troy thinks that everyone is always watching him just because his is six foot three-hundred pounds. Plus every time that he does something at his school like standing up or walking people laugh at him and it makes him hyperventilate which by the look of fat people walking around is exactly what they do. This book is for just about anyone fat, skinny. But if you know a little about music that would help a little to understand how hard some of the stuff he is trying to do. It would also help a little to have been to a concert to watch a band play just to relate to what he has to do and go through plus what has to be done if you’re in the band.
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