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I'm With Stupid (Felton Reinstein trilogy) Paperback – May 7, 2013
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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.
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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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.