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Book 1 of 3 in the Stupid Fast Series

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"Surprises abound in this future youth classic..." --VOYA, June 2011

"It's rare to gain access to a male teen's thoughts at his most vulnerable... "--Shelf Awareness

"Young readers looking for a genuinely memorable first-person narrator...should really catch up to Stupid Fast..." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

"...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, Herbach 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

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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Felton Reinstein trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402256302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402256301
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you have boys, between the ages of 11 - 18 especially, THIS book is for them. It doesn't matter what kind of boys either. The book is totally about sports and nothing about sports, so it has something for anyone. The book is about being a boy and a teen and going through the brutally awkward changes that our bodies and our lives hurl at us. This book is funny and real and heartbreaking and hopeful, and more than that, unique and genuine. Also, I am a girl. So if you have girls, this book is for them. Trust me. THIS book.
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in a sentence or so: in the summer his best friend abandons him to go hang with his sick grandma leaving poor Felton all alone, Felton gets taller, bigger, and faster. he grows so much, in fact, it seems he's outgrown his quirky and increasingly bizarre family.

Felton's always been different. it could be because he walked in the garage after his dad died by suicide. it could be because his mom is kind of a hippie and taught him how to meditate to keep him calm after the incident and made him even more of a social outcast. it could be because he has a geeky little pianist prodigy of a brother. whatever the case, Felton has always been an outsider and he could care less.

then his growth spurt hits him like a knee shattering linebacker and Felton has no idea what to do. his mom has totally gone off the deep end and won't leave her room, won't buy any food, and barely registers Felton and his brother Andrew exist. meanwhile, Felton attracts the attention of the football team as a potential prospect, and therefore the cool kids. after having to pick up his absent best friend's paper route, he also attracts the attention of the beautiful and more talented pianist that moved into his best friend's old house for the summer. Felton keeps himself sane by acknowledging he has to keep moving, keep running, keep biking, keep lifting weights and just keep going until he's about to break from all the pressure of his dirty house, the sad and scary person his brother's become, and most of all, he's about to break from the disgust his mom shoots his way.

i wasn't sure where this book was taking me, and that only helped me connect with Felton that much deeper. this poor kid had no idea where his life was taking him, and neither do we.
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Felton Reinstein (Rein Stone to his fellow classmates) has one of the most original voices I've ever read. He's funny, stupid, goofy, adorable, sweet, and I think the only thing he's sees in himself is the stupid part.

Oh yeah, and he's big, really big, and hairy, and hungry, and sleepy, as many boys reaching puberty are. He suddenly goes from "squirrel nut" to stupid fast in the eyes of the high school coaches and classmates.

But this story isn't just about high school and puberty and sports. It has a dark side. It's also a story about loss, and love, and what it takes to pull a dysfunctional family back together. Geoff weaves drama, comedy, and tragedy together seamlessly. The story is heartrending, yet hilarious, evocative, yet poignant.

The characters the author has drawn are all very unique and original. From Felton, to his insecure, neurotic brother Andrew, to the neo hippie mother, Jerri who struggles with the past and present coming face to face, to the love interest, Aleah, quirky, strong willed, and determined.

I really hated the times in which I had to put this book aside. Still yet, it only took a few days to read. The short chapters, the dialogue, the characters, the storyline made this an easy, enjoyable read. Congrats to debut author Geoff Herbach. I can't wait to read what he releases next.
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Felton Reinstein is not stupid funny much as he would like to be. Even people who like him don't laugh at his jokes, forget the people who don't like him. Until his voice dropped and he hit a major growth spurt, Felton wasn't anything special.

Then he started growing. The he got fast. Felton Reinstein is not a fast name. But Felton is stupid fast all the same.

In the span of one surreal summer Felton has a chance to remake himself. He can stop being the kid with the weird mother and the prodigy-piano-player little brother. He can stop hanging out with the Peter Yangs of the world and show that jerk Ken Johnson what he's really made of.

Maybe Felton can even impress the beautiful girl he finds on his borrowed paper route. He might even be able to find his place in his miniscule town and his own family. This is the summer Felton Reinstein finally knows he's fast. This is the summer Felton Reinstein goes from joke to jock in Stupid Fast (2011) by Geoff Herbach.

'Stupid Fast was a finalist for the 2011 Cybils in Young Adult Fiction. It was also selected as the winner for the 2011 Cybils in YA Fiction by myself and my fellow judges.

This is one of those books that has the potential for strong appeal along with a unique voice. The atmosphere of the book is top-notch conveying both a sense of small town pride** and team camaraderie that, I imagine, is what a sports team is supposed to look like.

Unfortunately, it also took a really long time for the story to actually start. Felton talks a lot in the beginning about growing hair and growing taller. Instead of the emphasis on that it would have been nice to get right to the plot soon instead of having Felton tease readers with foreshadowing or coy asides.
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