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Praise for Stupid Fast

A rare mix of raw honesty and hilarity. Stupid Fast is Stupid Good

-Peter Bognanni,

author of The House of Tomorrow

I AM NOT STUPID FUNNY.

I AM STUPID FAST.

My name is Felton Reinstein, which is not a fast name. But last November, my voice finally dropped and I grew all this hair and then I got stupid fast. Fast like a donkey. Zing

Now they want me, the guy they used to call Squirrel Nut, to try out for the football team. With the jocks. But will that fix my mom? Make my brother stop dressing like a pirate? Most important, will it get me girls -especially Aleah?

So I train. And I run. And I sneak off to Aleah's house in the night. But deep down I know I can't run forever. And I wonder what will happen when I finally have to stop.

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"Adult author Herbach (The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg) delivers an alternately fascinating and awkward novel that sometimes seems to exist in denial of its own characters. Felton Reinstein's late puberty during his sophomore year turned him into an incredible runner, which has landed him on both the track and football teams. Socially isolated, he is resigned to a lonely summer with his unpredictable widowed mother and piano-prodigy younger brother. But things become complicated as Felton meets beautiful new girl Aleah, he is drawn into the football team's summer workouts, and his home life disintegrates. Herbach's story would be typical but for a narrative style that clearly paints Felton as developmentally disabled ('I sweated in my tight jeans because it was summer. I smelled the pee-smell of my own athlete's body'). This offers potential, but it's wasted by the denial practiced by practically everyone he deals with, including his mother (who, admittedly, has problems of her own). Instead of coming across as an actual element of his character, Felton's narrative voice reads as merely 'quirky,' and it creates issues that aren't adequately addressed. Ages 12 — up. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Fifteen-year-old Felton Reinstein has always been on the smallish side, but in his sophomore year he starts growing...and growing.

During gym one day he smokes the football jocks in a 600-yard race. Felton has never been interested in sports, but there's no doubt-he is stupid fast. As he juggles his newfound athletic prowess, his mom's sudden depression, an annoying little brother, and his first love, he discovers a shocking secret about his past which explains why he's turning out the way he is.

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Beverly B, August 3, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Stupid Fast: The Year I Went from a Joke to a Jock is a great coming of age story, but at times a disturbing book to read. Author, Geoff Herbach, creates teens and families who are very real - flawed but decent, trying but sometimes failing, trying again. Protagonist, Felton Reinstein, aka Rein Stone, is very hard to like. His summer gets off to a rotten start. He is going through hormonal nuclear explosion having grown seven inches in eight months, his best friend is out of the country and out of touch for the summer, his mother is hostile towards him, and he is a very angry and depressed teen. Felton has some excellent reasons to be so angry and depressed, but the way he takes out his anger on his little brother, his mother and his best friend makes it hard for the reader to sympathize with him. Luckily, Cody, captain of the high school football team and new girl in town, Aleah, are both determined to be friends with Felton even when he is not much of a friend back. Cody convinces Felton to work out with the football team even if he decides not to try out. Lifting weights, running and practicing with the team changes Felton's attitude and his body. He becomes stronger, more confident, more social, and he discovers that mind numbing physical activity can keep the blues away. Aleah helps him see that his "dorkiness" and uniqueness can be assets. Aleah embraces her weirdness and shows Felton how she is using it to help her achieve her goal of being the world's best pianist. Aleah, too, has excellent reasons to be angry and depressed, but she shows Felton how she uses humor and honesty about her feelings to stay positive and happy. The scenes where small town Felton is trying to explain small town teen culture to hip, urban, street-wise Chicagoite Aleah are very funny. There is no happily ever after ending, but there is a hopeful, optimistic ending. Felton, his family and his freinds are going to be just fine. Stupid Fast is an excellent YA novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781402256301
Author:
Herbach, Geoff
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Fire
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Bullying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Adult author Herbach (The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg) delivers an alternately fascinating and awkward novel that sometimes seems to exist in denial of its own characters. Felton Reinstein's late puberty during his sophomore year turned him into an incredible runner, which has landed him on both the track and football teams. Socially isolated, he is resigned to a lonely summer with his unpredictable widowed mother and piano-prodigy younger brother. But things become complicated as Felton meets beautiful new girl Aleah, he is drawn into the football team's summer workouts, and his home life disintegrates. Herbach's story would be typical but for a narrative style that clearly paints Felton as developmentally disabled ('I sweated in my tight jeans because it was summer. I smelled the pee-smell of my own athlete's body'). This offers potential, but it's wasted by the denial practiced by practically everyone he deals with, including his mother (who, admittedly, has problems of her own). Instead of coming across as an actual element of his character, Felton's narrative voice reads as merely 'quirky,' and it creates issues that aren't adequately addressed. Ages 12 — up. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Fifteen-year-old Felton Reinstein has always been on the smallish side, but in his sophomore year he starts growing...and growing.

During gym one day he smokes the football jocks in a 600-yard race. Felton has never been interested in sports, but there's no doubt-he is stupid fast. As he juggles his newfound athletic prowess, his mom's sudden depression, an annoying little brother, and his first love, he discovers a shocking secret about his past which explains why he's turning out the way he is.

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