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Going, Kelly.
New York : G.P. Putnam's, 2003.
ISBN 0399239901

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Fat Kid on the subway platform.  Pretty funny, eh?  Fat Kid wonders how funny it would look if he were to step in front of the train as it enters the station.  Will his fat even fit onto the tracks?  Would a leg be left over?  As Fat Kid thinks about all this, he becomes aware of someone laughing at him.  Now, when you are 6'2" tall and weigh 300 pounds, you get used to be laughed at.  But this is different.  When he looks around, he sees a skinny, dirty homeless kid.  A kid who knows that he just saved Fat Kid's life.  Turns out that this homeless kid is the one and only Curt MacCrae.  Curt is a legend, man.  He is the best punk rocker in the city.  Fat Kid, aka Troy, can't believe that Curt is actually talking to him.  Not only that, but Curt seems to want to hang around with Troy too.  Could it be?  Can two such different young men find anything in common?  Can they end up saving each other?

Booktalk #2

At 17 troy Billings thinks he has nothing to live for.  He is friendless, motherless and at nearly 300 pounds is still invisible to those around him. Things change for Troy when he stands over the subway tracks considering suicide and someone finally sees him - not just your average Joe,  but a high school legend named Curt MacCrae who saves Troy’s life and insists on lunch in return.
From this moment emerges an unlikely friendship between the overweight, self loathing Troy and the skinny, sometimes homeless, dropout, punk rocker Curt.  Curt convinces Troy to be his drummer and that as “Rage Tectonic” they could become famous. There is one problem however.  How
can Troy be a drummer when he can’t play the drums.  No problem says Curt.
While taking lessons and working hard towards his goal of playing live, Troy unknowingly and gradually gains self acceptance.  He also begins to sense that there are other problems in the world other than his own and is surprised to find the tables turned when he is in the position of trying desperately to save Curt’s life.
This is not just a tale of friendship and music, it also tackles homelessness, drug addiction, dysfunctional families, and abuse.  The conclusion brings some unlikely heroes to light.  (Kimberly Calhoun, South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)

SUBJECTS:     Obesity -- Fiction.
                        Musicians -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Drug abuse -- Fiction.
                        Suicide -- Fiction.
                        New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.


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