YLife is a
total mess for extra-chubby and frequently picked on seventeen-year-old
BILLY KOWALSKI as he tries to get over his father's death. Not only does
he live on the wrong side of town with his Polish grandmother NANA, but he
works in a pizza parlor, which adds to his propensity of eating and
However, Billy has two things going for him: he's a straight-A student and
he has a new friend, the optimistic and wheelchair-bound WALLACE JORDAN.
After teaming up with Wallace, Billy's dream of running the New York
marathon suddenly becomes reality. Although still teased, bullied, and
threatened, things take a turn for the better -- until one afternoon Nana
Now Billy finds himself in the throes of first love with TARA, a wealthy
but shattered girl, as he accepts her offer to help him buy medicine for
Nana in return for tutoring her.
He pursues his dream with even greater determination while his friendship
with Wallace and Tara grows beyond anyone's expectations.
Months fly by and life looks pretty good. Billy trains, studies, and
evolves -- as his clothes get looser, he gets faster -- that is, until
things once again turn ugly when Nana dies.
Crushed Billy returns to his old habits and his dreams are about to
crumble until Wallace and Tara step in. Now he has to run -- run for his
father, run for Nana, and ultimately run for himself.
2006 Yvonne Borgogni
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