Troy Billings is seventeen, 296 pounds, friendless, utterly miserable, and about to step off the subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Until he meets Curt MacCrar, 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 -- despite the fact that 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, starred review
"Going draws her characters with compassionate accuity. Funny and heart-wrenching." BCCB, starred review
A Michael Printz Honor Book An ALA BBYA A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book A Booklist Editor's Choice An SLJ Best Book of the Year A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year