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Stupid Fast
by Geoff Herbach


Overview - 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.
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Overview
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.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781402256301
  • ISBN-10: 1402256302
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • Publish Date: June 2011
  • Page Count: 311
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Bullying
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - New Experience
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Sports & Recreation - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-04-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

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)

 
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