At seventeen-years-old and three hundred pounds, Troy is trying to get up the nerve to throw himself in front of a subway train when he meets Curt McCrae, a musical legend at Troys high school (which was also Curts, before he dropped out). Curt insists that Troy take him out for lunch, and after the craziest meal Troys ever had, Curt follows him home and tells him theyre starting a punk rock band together, with Troy as the drummernever mind that Troy hasnt played the drums since seventh grade. In the weeks to come, Troy tries to go from a wannabe to a musician, while trying to figure out Curts erratic behavior and ignore the disapproval of his straight-as-an-arrow dad and his jock younger brother Dayle, who is perpetually embarrassed by Troy. When Troy gets a glimmer that he might be more than an obese freak, he realizes Curt is the best thing that ever happened to him . . . but maybe its time to return the favor.
This is one of the most unique books Ive read in awhile. Troys constant self-degradation and his stereotypical views of women get tiring, but the premise of the book itself is awesome. Troys problemsmainly his relationships with Curt, Dayle, and his dadget wrapped up a little too neatly in the end, but the character of Curt is so completely fresh and unpredictable that he keeps you turning the pages.