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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Felton Reinstein trilogy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402265077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402265075
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-In this series, Felton Reinstein must come to grips with heartbreak, dysfunction, hope, and his own unexpected transformation from nebbish to gifted athlete. As in Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown, 2007), Felton's family problems and personal anxieties are deeply felt but leavened considerably by his wry, self-deprecating narration. Audio version for Stupid Fast available from Recorded Books.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"I haven't read too many YA books told from a male perspective, and I have to say I was totally impressed with Felton's voice. The tone is conversational and funny, and Felton is an authentic and endearing character...This is a great series that teen boys especially will love." - The Reading Date

"Felton and Andrew are both appealing . . . readers who like their funny stories mixed with sports will root for the siblings' reconciliation." - Booklist

""A great male protagonist, and a fun story."- Blogger Rhiannon, The Diary of a Bookworm " - The Diary of a Bookworm

""Herbach's writing style is so much fun, and you will find yourself alternately laughing out loud, cringing, and maybe even shedding a small tear for Felton, as he comes to terms with forsaking what makes him special."- Blogger Cupcake, Cupcake's Book Cupboard " - Cupcake Book Cupboard

""Geoff Herbach brings another very uniquely written book to the table with Nothing Special. "- Blogger Lisa, Lisa's World of Books " - Lisa's World of Books

""This book blends humor with honest questions and realizations about family and life in an almost seamless way."- Blogger Jordyn, Ten Cent Notes" - Ten Cent Notes

""With this book, Herbach brings to fruition the exploration he began in the first novel of how a parent's suicide has a profound ripple effect on the lives of his family for years beyond the event. The combination of outrageous circumstances and humor expertly balances out the very serious issues of guilt, anger, and mental and emotional collapse. Felton's voice is fresh and believable as a teen on the edge of manhood. Boys especially will discover kindred spirits in Felton and Andrew. Kudos to Herbach for this deep, moving, LOL funny, and completely original story." - School Library Journal

Customer Reviews

Overall, this book is great for young adult readers.
Chels
He enjoyed them both and says he's looking forward to the next one coming out in April.
B. Johansen
A letter form was very different, kind of like a journal but not really.
Lisa McGeen

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cari VINE VOICE on May 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you haven't read STUPID FAST and NOTHING SPECIAL you are missing out! Last year when I read STUPID FAST I was shocked to be inside Felton's head. I mean let's face it, guys in YA tend to be smooth and romantic. Felton is nothing like Edward Cullen, but the goodness in his heart makes it easy to love him. If you haven't read STUPID FAST get it now and read it from start to finish and then start NOTHING SPECIAL. In STUPID FAST we really get to know Felton and how he went from the kid who got picked on and being treated like he was slow to the popular jock he is now. I think it's important to note that in STUPID FAST you get to know Felton's voice and understand him, which will make reading NOTHING SPECIAL completely special!

---Spoilerish if you haven't read STUPID FAST---

The story is mostly told in journal entries to Aleah, his girlfriend. Felton's voice is so genuine as he tries to understand why his life is changing and not in a good way. Felton's little brother Andrew becomes distant and Aleah makes other plans for the summer. His lifetime best friend, Gus, ditches him and Felton is starting to feel the pressures of college and football no longer holds the allure it once did. And then there's his mom, who Felton worries could fall back into a depression at any moment.

When Felton changed it caused a domino effect for everyone in his life and the biggest effect was on his little brother Andrew. Andrew feels that Felton's existence ruined his life and the fact that Felton treats him like an annoying little brother doesn't help the situation. Andrew tries to reach out to Felton but Felton isn't quick to pick up the subtle clues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chels on May 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Andrew and Felton are nothing alike. Felton loves sports while Andrew loves music. For brothers, they couldn't be more different and the strain of their relationship is beginning to show. Felton misses one too many concerts, causing Andrew to make a few rash decisions. Before Felton knows it, Andrew is off to visit their estranged grandfather and he must decide what, if anything, he's going to do about it. While writing to his former girlfriend, Aleah, Felton tells the story of meeting his estranged grandfather and forming a better relationship with his brother.

The author has a consistent funny undertone in the dialogue and actions of the characters. The reader will probably find more than a few events hysterical. Sometimes, the book was confusing. There are two trips down to Florida to attempt to retrieve Andrew and meet his grandfather, they take place in Felton's letters/journal at the same time. Sometimes the events are hard to keep straight. However, the reader will definitely think this novel is worth picking up. The cover alone indicates funny subject matter and the first few chapters indicate that there may be something a little deeper below the surface.

The characters were not always easy to connect to, but once the reader forms a connection it is hard to break. The author did a great job of depicting a believable sibling relationship, their small fights and insecurities when it came to each other felt very real. Overall, this book is great for young adult readers.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa McGeen on June 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Geoff Herbach brings another very uniquely written book to the table with Nothing Special. I have never read a book written in the manner that this is. Written in letter style reflecting on both current events and looking back further to explain the background of what is currently happening. Nothing Special starts at the beginning of Felton's second football season the following year from Stupid Fast. Felton is being scouted by colleges and his younger brother is acting very odd. That is if odd is the right word. There were many changes in life for all of the family and it has affected all of the relationships even down to Felton's relationship with his best friend. Felton's younger brother, Andrew, makes a pitch to Jerri, their mom, to attend an orchestra camp and leaves for the summer. Gus, Felton's ex-best friend, finds out that Andrew did not go to this camp but ran away. At the same time, Felton has been getting very odd emails and think that it is Gus being a jerk. Anyhow, Gus knows that something is wrong and wants to help Felton find his brother and sort things out. The boys start out on a massive road trip, lying to both parents that they are headed to the University of Michigan for college visits. What Felton finds in Florida, is a family he never really knew about and this Grandfather who is very angry with his dead father. This whole experience is very eye opening for Felton and he learns a lot about himself along the way.

It took me a while to get used to the style of writing in this book. A letter form was very different, kind of like a journal but not really. I did find that this was easier to read that Stupid Fast mostly because I knew what to expect of the language and attitudes of the characters.
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Geoff Herbach is pretty much a YA writer, now. Stupid Fast, from Sourcebooks Fire is his first (coming in audio from Recorded Books). In 2012 Stupid Fast's sequel, Nothing Special, will hit the shelves (virtual and real). Herbach teaches creative writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.

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