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A Stupid Number of Awards for Geoff Herbach's Stupid Fast

- ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection
- YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
- 2011 Cybils Award Winner, Young Adult Fiction
- Junior library Guild Selection
- ABA Best Books
Hey Aleah,
I miss you. Because there's some serious donkey crap going on right now. I'm supposed to be at football camp, but noooo ... A
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Feb 25, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
Wow. When I started reading, I was kind of disappointed. I had forgotten how very much a self-centered teenager Felton is. And since the story is told by Felton, you are pretty deeply submerged in his view of the world. Since Felton IS a self-centered teenager, it's a little stuffy in there, at first.

Then you start to realize how much Felton actually cares about his little brother Andrew and his mom, even though he is terrible at showing it. And you remember how badly finding his Dad's body scr
Steven Smith
Jun 08, 2015 Steven Smith rated it really liked it
Nothing special is the second book in the Stupid Fast trilogy. The setting starts off in Bluffton, Wisconsin. The Reinstein family is having a somewhat normal year for the first time in awhile. But then Andrew starts to stay in his room by himself a lot and it worries Felton and Jerri. So they decide to talk to him and he says he wants to go to an orchestra camp by himself. He says he has already talked to grandma and she said she would pay for it. His mom isn't sure about the whole trip and whe ...more
May 13, 2012 Justin rated it really liked it
You don't really see many young adult books with a male protagonist, so that factor alone really helped Nothing Special stand out in my opinion. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, I was a little skeptical at first.. It sounded really good, I just wasn't quite sure how much I would enjoy it. I felt like the writing style was really unique, I haven't read Geoff's other book, but I will have to check it out after reading this one.

I really, really liked how this story was writte
Ramsey Hootman
May 16, 2013 Ramsey Hootman rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure why it took me so long to read this book, since I loved Stupid Fast so very very much. Probably because I didn't think a sequel could possibly be as pitch-perfect as the original.

I was wrong. Nothing Special is fantastic. Herbach makes me believe in Felton all over again, which is an amazing feat. His voice is so unusual, in both YA and adult fiction - Felton is your classic dumb jock, a well-meaning kid trying so hard to understand the world around him but really just not that bri
May 11, 2012 Krystal rated it really liked it

Andrew and Felton are nothing alike. Felton loves sports while Andrew loves music. For brothers, they couldn't be more different and the strain of their relationship is beginning to show. Felton misses one too many concerts, causing Andrew to make a few rash decisions. Before Felton knows it, Andrew is off to visit their estranged grandfather and he must decide what, if anything, he's going to do about it. While writing to his former girlfriend, Aleah, Felton tells the story of meeting his estra
May 17, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
This was such a perfect continuation of Felton's story -- when we leave him in Stupid Fast, things AREN'T settled. There are still questions. And while this one answers some of them, it opens up even more important questions.

Felton's being recruited by so many colleges and universities because of his athletic prowess, and he's caught up in this world of being in the spot light and in the being the Felton he realized he could be. The problem is, he's forgetting about the other people in his life,
Jan 01, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Wisconsin author, Pat Schmatz, brought me to this author: Geoff Herbach...from one of her facebook posts. "Nothing Special" is the opposite of it's name. This masterfully crafted novel had me reading as if I was on the trip with Felton the whole time. Felton's journals to Aleah tell about his journey to find his brother, but he truly found more than that. "Action. Reaction." was a quote used a lot by Felton and he grew to learn how those reactions can impact others and the life-changing implicat ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Andrew added it
What happened in this book was that them main charter in the felton he was sending text messages to his girlfriend because she was not answer him or not contacting him but in this book felton is very into football now and he is very good at it now and he ranked high in nation and he is also ranked high in track and he just wants to get better but he is held back when his brother goes missing and has to go look for him and stop his pursuit to get better at football

what i like about this book is t
Nothing Special is a teen drama about a boy named Felton. It is the second book in the series. In the book, he's basically telling how his summer/spring was. He is writing in his journal about his travel through the country. Felton tells how he went across the country to retrieve his brother who ran away and he met his cousin Tovi. He never knew that was his cousin because they had no contact with each other.
I didn't like how the book was not labeled with chapters. I felt like the book was rus
Anali Keefe
Mar 05, 2014 Anali Keefe rated it it was amazing
Book reviews:

Nothing special

“Am I just nothing special?” That is a question that Felton Reinstein asks himself.The book “Nothing Special” by Geoff Herbach is about a boy that is extremely self centered and doesn’t care for other people’s feelings. But things happen to him that make him go down the drain.

Felton Reinstein is all about football and other sports. He doesn’t care about other people’s feelings and is constantly rude to people. He is a successful football player and everyone wants him
Steven Mcgill
Jan 16, 2015 Steven Mcgill rated it it was amazing
The genre of Nothing Special is Realistic Fiction. The setting of the book is Wisconsin, and the United States in general because he traveled to many places throughout the story. The characters were Felton, Andrew, Gus, Jerri, Tovi, Maddie,Renee, and Papa. The conflict is that Felton is going through a lot with his football and social life at the moment because he became such a big story in Wisconsin being the top high school football recruit in the state. He let that get in the way of his life ...more
Mrs. Tongate
Feb 19, 2014 Mrs. Tongate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
Great guy read and especially for fans of Swim the Fly! This read reminds me of Stargirl for boys, but dealing with brothers. To learn it's ok to be different, it's OK to not have to be like your older brother, and to walk in your own path. Shine in your own light! Love life, love people,find what what you love, & love doing it!

Favorite quotes:
Page 285 (Stan, the grandfather talking to his grandson, Felton.)
"I want you to love being on that field. Just love it, Felton. Play that game like it
Mar 11, 2015 Bethany rated it it was amazing
"'Nah,' I said. 'I'm nothing special.' And I mean it. I'm just me, Aleah. Just a fast and jumpy dude. But you know I'm trying."

Oh. My. Goodness.

I totally utterly fell deep in love with Nothing Special. I loved it sooooo much. You have no idea. You really have no idea. I am so blown away by this book. I am lost for words. Oh my gosh. Seriously. I just closed the book, and I sort of felt a tear on my cheek. It was so great, this book. I loved every single page.

Is it possible to love a book this m
Feb 24, 2015 Jamal rated it really liked it
In the book, "Nothing Special", written by Geoff Herbach. The big football star Felton Reinstein has everything in his life going great until his little brother Andrew runs away. Andrew ran away because he felt as though he had nothing going for him in life and Felton was making him feel bad about himself. So now Felton has to travel to Florida to go find Andrew and make it all good again. So he goes through many trials and tribulations in the book to find him.
I thinks it’s best to start off on
Aug 01, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it
Quite a good book; I found it pretty humorous! I think a lot of guys could relate to the main character. I loved the ending talk with his grandpa and that message - If you're doing anything, do it because you love it. For the love of the game. Have fun doing your activity.

I also like what this book says about librarians ;)
p.137: (Talking about the looks they're getting from the crowd waiting to see the band Hazard Mountain):
"Looks like a crew of angry librarians, huh?" Gus leaned to me and whis
Camryn Geheb
Dec 05, 2014 Camryn Geheb rated it really liked it
This book is about Andrew and how he ran off to Florida but told his mom that he was going to orchestra camp. Instead he went to see his dads dad. His dad killed him self in the garage. Felton is on his way to get Andrew but his mom thinks that he went to go see a college. His friend Gus went with him. When they got there he meant his cousin Tovi and he saw Andrew. Andrew was mad that he came to Florida. Grandpa Stan didn't realize that he was Steve's son. Steve was a big tennis player, so Stan ...more
Heather Moore
Mar 16, 2012 Heather Moore rated it really liked it
I didn't read Stupid Fast, Geoff's first book, but didn't have to when reading Nothing Special. Geoff has a really different writing style, but I loved it. Felton has such a unique voice, felt like I was actually in the head of a 17 year old! Really liked this book - definitely recommend.
Brenda Kahn
Jul 24, 2012 Brenda Kahn rated it really liked it
Aw, Felton, nothing comes easy, does it? As with the first Felton book, Stupid Fast, I alternately wanted to hug Felton and shake him. What a heartbreaking, yet funny book!
THE MC IS CALLED FELTON! That is enough.

I. Can't. Wait.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
May 2012 YIPPEE another great book comes out!
Umar Payne
Apr 15, 2015 Umar Payne rated it liked it
Nothing Special was a great book. Its pretty cool how Felton basically tells two stories at the same time. So he's on a flight to Chicago and is e-mailing his girlfriend,Aleah, about his trip to get his brother Andrew from Florida.He's considered the best high school football player in the state and has a shipload of colleges scouting him, even at his track races. Last year his brother Andrew somehow found about their family on his fathers side. Their father committed suicide when Felton was you ...more
Priscila Cervantes
Jun 10, 2014 Priscila Cervantes rated it really liked it
Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach is about a teenage boy named Felton challenging decisions. Felton lives with his younger brother Andrew and his mom. Felton does not have a dad because he committed suicide. Since his dad died there family has not gotten along well. The relationship between Felton and his brother Andrew start to have problems. These problems lead to Andrew running away. Felton, along with his best friend grow an adventure looking for Andrew. This is not the only adventure they ta ...more
Victoria Whipple
Felton is missing his brother. His younger brother was near breakdown last year--as were he and his mother. Things never really recovered from when his father hanged himself years ago, when Felton was just 5. Last year things blew up, and even though Felton had many highs with his new found physical prowess which put him on the radar of college athletic recruiters, the lows really stuck out. Now, his little brother has "gone to orchestra camp", which Felton soon figures out is a lie. Felton sets ...more
Oct 30, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Jul 04, 2012 Bookworm1858 rated it liked it
I requested this under the impression that it would be a fun contemporary read. While not wrong, it did miss that this is a sequel to Stupid Fast, a book I have not read. I think that was to my detriment as there were many points in this book where I struggled; I seriously think the background from Stupid Fast would have improved my reading experience.

The reason for that is the many relationships and assumed history that were completely bewildering to me. There's our main character Felton and hi
Remember Stupid Fast? The story where Felton transforms from geeky gawky boy into stupid fast runner/football star with the lovely girlfriend Aleah who endures his mom's nervous breakdown?
He's back.
All is good -- he is running and playing like a superstar until he gets wind that scouts and coaches are checking him out. Performance anxiety takes over and he falls apart.
If Stupid Fast was adjusting to who his dad was and settling that, Nothing Special is coming to grips with who Felton is. It is
Mar 26, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
I loved Stupid Fast, so I was really excited to read Nothing Special. But I honestly didn't remember all that much about Stupid Fast (not the book's fault, I just have the worst memory - which is why I'm not a huge fan of series), so I was still a little wary about reading Nothing Special. But not remembering all that much didn't turn out to be a problem - I think you could even read this book without having read Stupid Fast, since it works as a stand-alone. Not that I'd advise you to read a ser ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 15, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Herbach, Geoff. Nothing Special.
After figuring out a few things about himself and his family in Stupid Fast, Felton Reinstein is back. This time, he is in pursuit of his brother Andrew, who is everything Felton is not-- small, musically inclined, and sensitive. Andrew has decided to fake going to band camp and run away to meet his estranged grandfather in Florida. Felton is concerned because he has blown off Andrew's concerts and knows that his reknown as a sports star has shoved Andrew further
May 19, 2012 Marcie rated it really liked it
elton Reinstein is the center of his own universe. He's very talented in the athletic department and it has made his ego swell to epic proportions. His brother, Andrew, has always been a big supporter of Felton. That is until Felton's in-sensitivities gets the better of him. With hurt feelings, Andrew runs away. Felton is then forced to take a hard look at him self. He implores the help of his ex-best friend to drive him across the country to help brother.
This story is written in a journal type
Aug 24, 2012 Liviania rated it really liked it
Geoff Herbach follows his excellent debut STUPID FAST with another tale about Felton Reinstein and his family. Felton went to being unnoticed (except by bullies) to being a track and football hero. His younger brother, Andrew, remains uncelebrated. Then Andrew runs away to Florida and Felton follows.

NOTHING SPECIAL is told as a long, journal-like letter to Felton's girlfriend Aleah, who isn't talking to him. He's recounting his current journey to Florida as well as the one he took earlier in the
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I am the author of the YA title, Stupid Fast (June 2011 from Sourcebooks Fire). I also wrote The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, a Novel from Three Rivers Press. When I'm not writing books, I'm writing for Radio Happy Hour or developing ridiculous musical bits.

When I'm not writing, I'm teaching writing at Minnesota State, Mankato, which means I write a lot of comments about writing on student writi
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“If you act out of love, whatever you do is both perfect and right. It doesn't matter if you're a deep thinker or a squirrel nut if you act out of love. Crap starts getting seriously screwed if something else gets in the way, something like fear or revenge or even victory or being famous or some other dumb thing. The only thing we need to do is figure out what we really love.” 10 likes
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