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For me, as the reader, I felt like there wasn't much...
For me, as the reader, I felt like there wasn't much of sports in this book. The reader see Felton shoot up like a weed, trying out for sports, but mostly Felton is learning to deal with home issues and school issues. The main character Felton, he is a great young man. He has taken responsibility in places where he shouldn't have. I liked how he did his best to make do with what he had.
The home life of Felton really touched my heart. Felton already having to grow up fast dealt with a lot of stuff. The crappy mom, little annoying brother, bulling at school and a girl he likes. Felton learns more about his father, his past, and even more about his mother. I really liked how the author, Mr. Herbach showed the reader a really flawed character. He did a great job on capturing the voice of Felton and all that he went through.
I really liked the elements in this book. A broken home, a main character growing up faster than he ever thought he would. So much goes on in the book that it is hard to not stop reading. A great, young, fresh voice, Felton is the American boy dealing with an average American life. Nothing is perfect but of course he is Stupid Fast.
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Posted May 20, 2013
Stupid Fast was a good book even though i thought it was going t
Stupid Fast was a good book even though i thought it was going to be all about sports but i figured out it wasent. I feel bad for Felton he has lots of problems in his life. At home and at school. I feel this happens to lots of teens in real life . Thats why i liked this book because it was a real life topic and these are the books i am interested in. Im glad Felton had a change in his life because i wouldent like people calling me other names i would want to prove them wrong and change. This book was very good . I recommend it to people who like reading high school type story's.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2012
It was a decent book, but I was a little let down in comparison to 'The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg', which I enjoyed a lot more. I think this one was meant to target a younger audience.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2012
Stupid Fast has a lot of heart after its rocky start.
Felton Reinstein is not stupid funny much as he would like to be. Even people who like him don't laugh at his jokes, forget the people who don't like him. Until his voice dropped and he hit a major growth spurt, Felton wasn't anything special.
Then he started growing. The he got fast. Felton Reinstein is not a fast name. But Felton is stupid fast all the same.
In the span of one surreal summer Felton has a chance to remake himself. He can stop being the kid with the weird mother and the prodigy-piano-player little brother. He can stop hanging out with the Peter Yangs of the world and show that jerk Ken Johnson what he's really made of.
Maybe Felton can even impress the beautiful girl he finds on his borrowed paper route. He might even be able to find his place in his miniscule town and his own family. This is the summer Felton Reinstein finally knows he's fast. This is the summer Felton Reinstein goes from joke to jock in Stupid Fast (2011) by Geoff Herbach.
'Stupid Fast was a finalist for the 2011 Cybils in Young Adult Fiction. It was also selected as the winner for the 2011 Cybils in YA Fiction by myself and my fellow judges.
This is one of those books that has the potential for strong appeal along with a unique voice. The atmosphere of the book is top-notch conveying both a sense of small town pride** and team camaraderie that, I imagine, is what a sports team is supposed to look like.
Unfortunately, it also took a really long time for the story to actually start. Felton talks a lot in the beginning about growing hair and growing taller. Instead of the emphasis on that it would have been nice to get right to the plot soon instead of having Felton tease readers with foreshadowing or coy asides.
Felton and the plot pull themselves together during the second half of the story, but whether that is enough to hold a reader's interest is a matter of personal taste. I'm still not sure I would have been invested enough to finish had I found this book on my own time.
Stupid Fast really does have a lot going for it though. A sports story told by a boy who doesn't think he's an athlete* this book never gets lost in sports jargon. The book remains approachable even when the focus shifts to football during key scenes. Felton is a fun narrator with his own quirks and occasional charms. Stupid Fast has a lot of heart after its rocky start.
*Despite the raw talent, Felton does not actually know how to play football. Shh, don't tell the coach!
Possible Pairings: Bunheads by Sophie Flack, Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez, Fracture by Megan Miranda, Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta, Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
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