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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Series: Felton Reinstein trilogy (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402277911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402277917
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,611 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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Felton Reinstein’s world has seemed to spiral out of control before (Stupid Fast, 2011; Nothing Special, 2012), but not quite as spectacularly as in this look at the Wisconsin football phenom’s high school years. The pressure is truly on as Felton, a senior, has to cope with the stresses of college recruitment. When his girlfriend, Aleah, breaks off their long-distance romance, and the brother of the bullied freshman he mentors kills himself, Felton violently unravels. Identifying with Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Felton struggles with his own royal role as sports hero and his father’s legacy as angry suicide. Friends alternately help and hurt him, his mother remains clueless, and a drinking spree puts him in danger of not only getting suspended from sports but also becoming more like his father than he knows. Herbach’s character will continue to resonate with readers. The scenes of college coaches wooing Felton are spectacularly drawn, and his ultimate decisions about his “mortal coil” are anything but facile. Will Herbach follow his hero to Stanford? We can hope. Grades 7-10. --Karen Cruze

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I don't even like sports and the sports part were good.
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It's the rare book that can make me sympathize with the main character so much and feel so deeply.
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I was looking for a book to appeal to a 9th grade boy who had a strong dislike for reading.
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Review originally posted to Words at Home blog June 14, 2013: http://www.wordsathome.ca/2013/06/review-and-giveaway-of-im-with-stupid-by-geoff-herbach.html

I'm with Stupid is the third and final book in the "Stupid Fast" series. If you loved Stupid Fast and Nothing Special as much as I did you will be thrilled to know that I'm With Stupid is full of the same razor sharp dialogue, lovable characters, and of course lots of chances to watch Felton as he navigates the complex waters of growing up and growing into the kind of man he thinks he should be.

This book felt a little meatier than the previous two books in the series. Don't get me wrong it was still a fun, quick read that kept me laughing but Felton is dealing with some major issues mostly on his own. Jerri (Felton's mom) is distracted with her own life as usual and while his younger brother Andrew is quite obviously on his side and wants nothing but the best for Felton he is in Florida, instead of Wisconsin. Felton has always been a little anxious and jumpy (where do you think he got the nickname Squirrel Nut) but what I had previously seen as a quirk became debilitating in I'm With Stupid. Felton was confused about his post high school plans and didn't even know where to begin with his decision making. To top things off he had very little support, and learned quickly that he felt much better when he was drunk. Little did he know that depression and alcoholism runs in the family.

"Did I drink one of those weird, smelly brown beers when Abby pestered me to drink a beer? Yes. Did I fill up with the beautiful tears of a thousand crying angels? Yes.
Am I a danger to myself (and others)? Yes.
This beer was not Hamm's, like Gus bought. It was very strong and filled with cocaine or something.
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I love when a series ends this well. Felton Reinstein has come far from the dorky, bullied kid he once was. But at the same time, he's still awkward and anxious with a legacy of depression and addiction. Just now he has fame because he's one of the best high school football players in the country and he's choosing which college he'll play ball for.

I love how detailed the setting of I'M WITH STUPID is. Over the three books, Felton has come into contact with a wide range of people in his hometown of Bluffton, Wisconsin. Many of those people's stories come into play in this final book. For instance, Felton's friend Abby becomes important as she starts to fall apart following her parents' divorce. Her issues and Felton's dovetail in a very destructive way.

Felton is at heart a decent, nice person, but he gets angry and doesn't always think things through. He's the kind of character you want the best for, but he's prone to making mistakes and his support network is pretty distant. I worried for Felton as he started turning to alcohol to handle his emotional issues. I had to keep taking small breaks because it seemed as if he was going to ruin his life just when he had so many chances.

It's the rare book that can make me sympathize with the main character so much and feel so deeply. As far as I know, Geoff Herbach is not going to write Felton's college adventures. I'm very satisfied by this sendoff, but I'll miss the character, his friends, and his unique voice. I'M WITH STUPID confirms that this is one of the best YA series out there. I highly recommend all three books. Any of them can standalone, but why miss one when they're all this good?
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We all have problems. Felton Reinstein knows this. But Felton Reinstein had to learn this.

Summary: Felton has to decide where he is going to college/where he is playing college football. On top of that, he is dealing with the memory of his dead father and the effect it has had on him his whole life. His brother isn't around anymore because he moved to Florida. His mom isn't present, even though they share a home. The stress of deciding his future and dealing with his family are hitting him hard. He's dealing with it the best he can. He's learning that we all have problems.

This whole series was perfect, and this book was no exception. The writing is great. The characters are beautiful and sad and funny. I don't even like sports and the sports part were good. They were so well written that I loved reading about a subject I don't care about in the slightest. The way he describes what Felton is experiencing is brilliant. The scenes where Felton is crashing/spiraling down (mental health-wise) are written in a way that makes you really feel it.

I think that Herbach not only understands teenagers, he understands mental health and how it effects all types of people. He understands families and the dynamic between siblings and parents.

This book has instantly become one of my favorites, as has the entire series. Every book is gold and every person should read them. These books made me feel so much and that's something I think is important. These books are important.
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Felton Reinstein is dealing with big issues. There's his long distance relationship with the girl he loves. He's making huge decisions about what college to go to and who to play football for. People are expecting a lot and putting too much of the spotlight on him. He seems like a popular athlete, but there's stuff brewing under the surface.

At first I wasn't sure this book was for me. It seems like such a boy book and I don't understand football in the least bit, but that was okay since the focus is on the characters and their struggles. Felton really grew on me. A sympathetic character, he has painful things in the past melding with all the stressful events of the present...and he's under a lot of stress.

When I requested the ARC, I had no idea this was part of a series. The story felt like a standalone to me, but based on all the glowing reviews of the author's other books, I wonder what I've missed with Felton and the gang. This is a fantastic YA novel and I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read I'M WITH STUPID.
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More About the Author

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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