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Troy Billings, at six-foot-one, 296 pounds, is standing at the edge of a subway platform, seriously contemplating suicide, when he meets Curt MacCrae - and emaciated, semi-homeless punk guitar genius who also happens to be a dropout legend at Troy's high school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
"I saved your life, " Curt tells Troy. "You owe me lunch."
But lunch with Curt brings more than he bargained for. Suddenly, Troy finds himself recruited as Curt's drummer for his new band. "We'll be called Rage/Tectonic. Sort of a punk rock, Clash sort of thing," Curt tells him
There's only one problem. Troy can't play the drums. Oh yes, and Troy's father thinks Curt's a drug addict. And Troy's brother thinks Troy's a loser.
But with Curt, anything is possible. "You'll see," says Curt. "We're going to be HUGE." Fortunately, mercurial Curt has an energy, enthusiam, and wisdom that is as irresistible as it is contagious. Before long, Troy is swept up by his desire to be everything Curt belives him to be.
©2004 K. L. Going; (P)2009 Listening Library
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Critic Reviews

"[T]his is an impressive debut that offers hope for all kids--dross transmuted into gold." (Booklist)
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By Jayden Turner on 03-27-17

I really like this book 👍

This book expresses feeling emotion and actions that Troy and Curt make. I 99% recommended this book to most middle schools. I approve of this great fantastic book😉

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By Felicia Baker on 08-10-16

Wonderful book, excellent movie!

I really loved the story. It had such a big impact on me. I really connected to the main character, Tory Billings. Not as a 6'1", 296 lb teenager, but as someone who didn't fit in and couldn't really find their place in life throughout school before I fell into more of the punk scene. I saw the movie before I read the book. It was very well done! It mirrors the book very well! To listen to the audiobook being read by Matthew Lillard, the director of the movie, was a perfect combination. He reads it so well and so smoothly! Loved it!

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