Stupid Fast

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Praise for Stupid Fast
"A rare mix of raw honesty and hilarity. Stupid Fast is Stupid Good!" -Peter Bognanni, author of The House of Tomorrow

I AM NOT STUPID FUNNY.
I AM STUPID FAST.

My name is Felton Reinstein, which is not a fast name. But last November, my voice finally dropped and I grew all this hair and then I got stupid fast. Fast ...

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Overview

Praise for Stupid Fast
"A rare mix of raw honesty and hilarity. Stupid Fast is Stupid Good!" -Peter Bognanni, author of The House of Tomorrow

I AM NOT STUPID FUNNY.
I AM STUPID FAST.

My name is Felton Reinstein, which is not a fast name. But last November, my voice finally dropped and I grew all this hair and then I got stupid fast. Fast like a donkey. Zing!

Now they want me, the guy they used to call Squirrel Nut, to try out for the football team. With the jocks. But will that fix my mom? Make my brother stop dressing like a pirate? Most important, will it get me girls-especially Aleah?

So I train. And I run. And I sneak off to Aleah's house in the night. But deep down I know I can't run forever. And I wonder what will happen when I finally have to stop.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Adult author Herbach (The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg) delivers an alternately fascinating and awkward novel that sometimes seems to exist in denial of its own characters. Felton Reinstein's late puberty during his sophomore year turned him into an incredible runner, which has landed him on both the track and football teams. Socially isolated, he is resigned to a lonely summer with his unpredictable widowed mother and piano-prodigy younger brother. But things become complicated as Felton meets beautiful new girl Aleah, he is drawn into the football team's summer workouts, and his home life disintegrates. Herbach's story would be typical but for a narrative style that clearly paints Felton as developmentally disabled ("I sweated in my tight jeans because it was summer. I smelled the pee-smell of my own athlete's body"). This offers potential, but it's wasted by the denial practiced by practically everyone he deals with, including his mother (who, admittedly, has problems of her own). Instead of coming across as an actual element of his character, Felton's narrative voice reads as merely "quirky," and it creates issues that aren't adequately addressed. Ages 12–up. (June)
YA Love
...one of my freshmen boys asked to read my ARC. I had to say yes because he's one of my reluctant readers. He isn't reluctant anymore! He tore through this book and was so proud when he gave it back to me; he finished the book and wanted to read another. As a teacher or librarian, does it get any better than that?!

If you want to read something fantastically funny, pick up Stupid Fast. If you want to read something honest and refreshing, pick up Stupid Fast. I can't recommend this debut novel enough. Geoff Herbach has really impressed me and I CAN'T WAIT to read more of his work! - YA Love

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"...one of my freshmen boys asked to read my ARC. I had to say yes because he's one of my reluctant readers. He isn't reluctant anymore! He tore through this book and was so proud when he gave it back to me; he finished the book and wanted to read another. As a teacher or librarian, does it get any better than that?!

If you want to read something fantastically funny, pick up Stupid Fast. If you want to read something honest and refreshing, pick up Stupid Fast. I can't recommend this debut novel enough. Geoff Herbach has really impressed me and I CAN'T WAIT to read more of his work!" - YA Love

" In this struggling and often clueless teen, Herback has created an endearing character coming to terms with his past and present in a small, well-defined Wisconsin town." - Booklist

" Herback is at this peak limning the confusion and frustration of a young man who no longer recognizes his own body, and Felton's self-deprecation take on his newly awarded A-list status is funny and compelling." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This story has a little bit of everything: the challenges of growing up, the issues surrounding interracial romance, navigating tough class issues, and a narrator who is one of the most real, honest, and still funny male voices to come around in a while." - Yalsa

"STUPID FAST is a great addition to a genre that is lacking in stories based around a main male teenage character." - An Avid Reader's Musings

"Geoff Herbach does a nice job of getting into Felton's mind and presenting his thoughts in a realistic tone." - Reading Vacation

"Felton Reinstein is one of my favorite male protagonists of the year." - Happy Nappy Bookseller

"Stupid Fast is Geoff's debut novel and I can say this is the most pleasant surprise so far this year!" - Cari's Book Blog

"I fully admit that I devoured this book in one complete sitting. The mixture of serious emotions, life changing discoveries, and all out humor, made Stupid Fast a book that I simply couldn't set down." - Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

"Delving straight into the teenage boy mind and hitting on topics both funny and hefty, Stupid Fast hits right into the struggles of a teenage guy from first love to finding himself to dealing with a quirky family in a great way. With a main character that truly is "average," a jerk at times and a total sweetheart at others, confused and awkward but then confidant and sure, this one is engaging and real. Through rambling in voice at times, and most definitely very boy in a way that could be a turn off to some female readers, the story is well written and well developed, providing a solid debut." - A Good Addiction

Kirkus Reviews

A rambling ode to male adolescent angst.

It is the summer before junior year, and oddball outsider Felton Reinstein has hit the puberty jackpot. Suddenly tall, muscular and "stupid fast," he has been invited by the high-school football coach to work out with the team with the understanding that he may win a position come fall. His sudden popularity is marred by his mother's equally abrupt bout of depression and his little brother Andrew's intense anger about it. Felton thinks his mom's bad mood may have something to do with his age and father's suicide 10 years ago, but he is too distracted by his new posse and the cute pianist next door, Aleah, to find out. Soon the situation deteriorates to the point where Mom never leaves the house and Andrew burns all his clothes in the yard in order to get her attention. Now Felton is forced to face the long-buried secret of his father's death if he wants to heal his family. Felton's manic, repetitive voice and naive, trusting personality stand out in a field of dude lit populated with posturing tough guys and cynical know-it-alls. Add strong secondary characterizations and readers may be able to overcome the tangential storyline and rather perfunctory climax.

A little tightening of the plot screws could have led to this uneven novel being stupid good. (Fiction. 12 & up)

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Playwright Geoff Herbach's debut young adult novel (Sourcebooks Fire, 2011) is a coming-of-age tale that has too much going on. Shy Felton Reinstein, 15, a previously picked on runt, suddenly finds himself "hungry all the time and growing hair everywhere." As a result of this growth spurt, he has become a sprinter and lands on the football team. This alone could have made this a great sports story, but the author has added too many additional plot elements: the suicide of Felton's father, his mother's downward spiral into depression, his little brother's erratic behavior, his best friend Gus's departure for the summer, and his romantic feelings for the African-American teen who has moved into Gus's house. All this makes for an overly complicated story that jumps from one dramatic plot device to another and doesn't come across well in the audio version. Fred Berman does his best to bring the characters to life, but the constant jabbering and yelling is irritating and hard to follow. There are some laugh-out-loud moments here, especially between Felton and his quirky little brother, but that's not enough to entice listeners.—Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402256301
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 75,555
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Herbach is a novelist, but he also loves writing for performance. He co-created PowderKeg Live! and is also the co-founder of The Lit 6 Project, a group dedicated to bringing literary storytelling to broader audiences. He teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Visit geoffherbach.com

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Read an Excerpt

CHAPTER 1: NOW

This could be a dark tale!

It's not.

I don't think so.

Maybe.

I can't sleep. It's 1:03 a.m. Almost September. The weather is warm, even though it's football season. There's this huge moon in the sky, but I can't see it from the basement, where my bedroom is. I saw it plenty.

Tonight.

Dark tale? My dad did commit suicide.

Not so dark? I'm me. I hop up and down.

Where to start?

Not in the '70s, when Jerri was a little girl. Not ten years ago, when I was five and found Dad dead in the garage. How about last November?

I should really be exhausted. But I'm not.

I, Felton Reinstein, stand on my bed because I can't sleep.

Go.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Great book!

    When I started this book I expected lots of sport stuff. Instead I got a great combination of sports and young man coming into his shoes. Felton deals with a lot of issues in this book, more so than a regular teen.

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2011

    READ THIS BOOK. NOW.

    I got a free copy of this book, because I'm friends with the author's son. I thought it was gonna be just some dumb book, with an author trying to be good, but not succeeding. Boy, was I wrong! It sounded like an actual 15 year old boy was narrarating the story! The beginning's a little jerky, but don't let that fool ya! Stupid fast is stupid good!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Whats up Ms.R this book was a fantastic book to read. I would re

    Whats up Ms.R this book was a fantastic book to read. I would recommend this book to anyone 
    that is a highschooler and/or plays football. Not a bad book, very well thought out from a teenagers
    point of view.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    loved i mean absolutely enjoyed and thats saying something for a

    loved i mean absolutely enjoyed and thats saying something for a kid who
    finally sat down and read a book not having to read for school

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Hated it

    It was horrible

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    I met him

    Yup

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    N

    Amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Awesome

    Wow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    This depresses me.

    It depresses me because I have tried for years to get anything I've written published, just to share with the world, and have hit nothing but road blocks and walls that make NORAD look like a gingerbread house left close enough to the edge of the table for the dog to get, but I paid money for this. And then, to add insult to injury, I read the whole thing, thinking it would get better BECAUSE I had paid money for it. I never want to speak down on anyone's writing, but this was less enjoyable a read for me than a script to an episode of Blues Clues. I pretty much hated this, and feel like most 5th graders could write better while drunk on grape Robitussin. I can't believe this was published anywhere outside of a BP bathroom stall.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    The best

    Book eeeeeeeeee

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Omg

    This book is really good. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it again. Between the witty humor and adrenaline pumps, I could not put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Please help.. could some

    Could someone please lend me this book? Please reply to SUZZY? thank you!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    HEE HAW

    Goes the Pig

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Love this

    Amazing book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Stupid Fast, Stupid Good

    I loved this! I consider myself an avid reader, and try to read books of many genres and literary merit. This is one of a very small handful of books that has actually made me laugh out loud. The simple writing style is very simple to comrehend, but the slightly more complex underlying storyline contrasts that. A must read for high school who know a few Honkies of their own :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Definitely a book for high schoolers

    Definitely a book for highschoolers to read, has very mature subject matter, such as dating drama, a very mature form of bullying, pubic changes, and A LOT OF MATURE LANGUAGE!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    reader

    amazing book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Beautiful

    Great life lessons and morals!!!! Just finished nithing special yesterday, and loved Felton from the start!!!!!!! Suoer insperational! Im a gurl and the boys point of view was cool and didnt botjer me cuz me and felton have a lot in common :) great, exciting, adventourous, and an overwell beautiful series read this then nithing special!!!!!!!! These books take your mind off life and show you what lifes really about read nothing special to discover what it is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Stupid fast

    No stupid awesome!!!! Waas that just stupid or what!???????

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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