Stupid Fast

Stupid Fast

by Geoff Herbach

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ISBN-13: 9781402256301
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 196,409
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About 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

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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"In the end Fenton's sarcasm, anxiety, self-doubt, thoughtfulness, and compassion carry the day and perfectly capture the voice of his generation." - School Library Journal

"Reading Felton's thoughts, feelings, fears, and frustrations are sometimes funny as well as touching, revealing his gentle and sensitive side amidst the stupid. This title provides a great read for all teen and adult readers. I loved this! It almost moved me to tears as it provides insight into the mind of an adolescent." - Library Media Connection

"Once I got into it, I loved Stupid Fast. Felton is a great character - he's just so likeable! He's awkward in a fun way, and his comments and way of seeing things are hilarious. He's complex and dynamic, and there's just so much to him, lots of which I probably didn't even get reading Stupid Fast for the first time. His voice is honest, original and realistic, and it felt like he was talking to me throughout the entire book. The secondary characters are fully-developed; I could imagine everyone easily - Aleah, Jerri, Andrew, the jocks, all of the characters! I also loved the dynamic and realistic relationships between Felton and all the other characters. Aleah and Felton are adorable together!

Stupid Fast reminded me of a John Green book. I don't mean the story, because that's really different from John Green's books - I just mean the style and the feel of the book. Stupid Fast conveys so many emotions - it's sad and funny and heartwarming and hopeful and honest and raw, all at the same time, just like John Green's books. You're crying one minute, and the next minute you're laughing. That's probably what I enjoyed most about this book - I love when a book can really make you feel something, both good and bad.

This is a great read! Don't be discouraged by the football-topic - I'm not big on sports, but I really enjoyed Stupid Fast. Felton is such a likeable main character, and Stupid Fast is emotional and hilarious at the same time, reminding me of a John Green book. I definitely recommend it!" - Paperback Treasures

"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." - Books With Bite

"So, without giving anything away, I'll just say: it has a great character voice, Pete Hautmanesque story-telling, and a deft recognition of human complexity." - Daughter Number Three

"Whip-smart and painfully self-aware, "Stupid Fast" is a funny and agonizing glimpse into the teenage brain. . . .In that gap between being big and being grown-up lies a lot of the best young-adult fiction, including Geoff Herbach's painfully funny debut, "Stupid Fast."
"Young readers looking for a genuinely memorable first-person narrator — in the vein of Sherman Alexie's "Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" or Pete Hautman's "Godless" — should really catch up to "Stupid Fast" this summer." - The Star Tribune

"This is what I call a "smart guy-book". When you guys are ready to move away from fantasy into realistic fiction about teenage guy issues, Stupid Fast is one of the books you will have to turn to." - Beyond The Middle

""a novel that will give much food for thought." Blogger Dr.L, LS 5385 Blog" - LS 5385 Blog

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Stupid Fast 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
kklove More than 1 year ago
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
readingbeader on LibraryThing 27 days ago
In one year Felton grows seven inches and gains 43 pounds. He¿s suddenly BIG, not fat, BIG, as in the coaches are looking at him; the jocks are looking at him; his mom is looking at him. Felton is funny. He is dealing with the growth spurt. (Eat! Hair! Eat!) His mom freaks out on him because he suddenly looks like his dead dad. His best friend, Gus, moves for the summer to Venezuela. A beautiful girl moves into Gus¿s house. The jocks are now his friends. No wonder Felton is funny: funny--ha, ha, funny¿weird, funny¿crazy. He¿s a regular kid with some serious issues going on in his life. I loved this book; it made me laugh, snicker, and whimper. I should buy another copy; I will, I promise.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 27 days ago
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.
mcelhra on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Fifteen-year old Felton Reinstein can¿t stop eating or growing. In just a few months, he¿s gone from a small, scrawny boy to a tall, fast jock and he found a really cool girlfriend. That¿s all well and good, but Felton has his share of problems too. For one thing, his dad hung himself in the garage when Felton was five years old. Also, he has an annoying little brother and his mom is suddenly depressed and won¿t get out of bed.Stupid Fast is a funny and emotional coming of age story, reminiscent of Sherman Alexie¿s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It¿s so real. Felton is the narrator of the story. I¿m not a fifteen year old boy but Felton¿s thoughts and the way his mind works seemed very authentic to me. I could not put this book down; it got very intense at times. I wanted to strangle Felton¿s mother, some of the things she did while she was having her depressed episode had my stomach in knots. There are so few good young adult books for boys ¿ this is definitely one of them. I¿m excited about my boys reading this when they¿re old enough. I hope they¿ll enjoy it as much as I did. If nothing else, they will think I¿m an awesome mom after reading about Felton¿s mom! Seriously, this book is fantastic ¿ I¿m surprised I haven¿t heard more about it around the blogosphere. I highly recommend it for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yup
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it again. Between the witty humor and adrenaline pumps, I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
amazing book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.
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All of the reviews I read for this book made it seem interesting and like a book you cant put down until you finish it...they were all wrong. This book is extremely hard to follow. It has almost no flow and i just wanted to get it over with. Too bad it just never seemed to end. If you think you can stand reading it, more power to you. I know I couldnt. Y
Jacqueline Dykes More than 1 year ago
The beginning wasnt good but in the middle i couldnt put the book down. IT WAS THE BEST
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I saw it on the must read bookshelf at the store. Simple as that. Turns out it was worth every penny. Being a teenage girl myself, I am curious about how boys think. It was a really interesting perspective for me and taught me a lot about the thought process of boys, which isn't all that intelligent as portrayed by the title and in my opinion as well. I recomend this book for all teenagers, as it provides a thought provoking story as well as a unique story moral and ending.
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