Q: Which character do you identify with the most? Have you ever
felt like Troy feels in the beginning of the novel?
Q: How could a skinny writer create a believable overweight character?
Did you find Troy believable? Should writers create characters
who are very different from themselves? What if the character
is of a different race than the author?
Q: What do you think happens after the book ends? Does Rage/Tectonic
make it big? Does Curt stay clean?
Q: This book is written with short, staccato chapters. Do you
think the author did this for a reason? How does it add or detract?
Q: Troy and Dale have opposite obsessive eating issues. Did you
notice Dale’s? Why might the author have chosen two male
characters rather than two female characters?
Q: Is Troy’s Dad a “disappointed dysfunctional parent”?
Q: Have you ever been made fun of? Have you ever made fun of
Q: What’s the riskiest thing you’ve ever done? Were
there good or bad consequences?
Q: Curt lies, steals, is manipulative and smelly… he abandons
Troy and gets him in trouble. Did you like Curt anyway? Why?
Q: Curt takes drugs. Troy’s dad says, “No Drugs Ever”.
Ollie says, sometimes it’s okay. What do you think? Does
the author give her opinion or leave it up to the reader?
Q: “Born in the USA. Ain’t got fucking much to say.
Don’t we all want it that way?” Does your generation
have much to say?
Q: Did you expect Troy to throw up on stage? What’s the
most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done? Did you think
you would get over it?
Q: What do music and cutting through the bullshit have in common?
Does all music do this or just certain music? Does some music
create more bullshit? What about the music you listen to?
Q: Does Troy make the right decision to tell his father about
Curt’s prescription drug abuse? What do you think of the
ending of the book?
Q: What are your thoughts about reading assigned novels for class?
Does it detract from your experience of reading a book? Would
you have read the book otherwise?
Q: What was the last book you read for your own pleasure? Do
you consider reading entertainment? Has your view of reading changed
from when you were a kid?