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Nothing Special (Stupid Fast #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  459 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews

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 noo

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
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,
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
Oct 01, 2015 705oscar rated it liked it
Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach is a solid book with a easy to follow but well written plot. Essentially, narcissistic Felton Reinstein who just happens to be the top high school football player in the nation has to deal with his brother who has to track down his family. The book is solid and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys sports and feels neglected.
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!
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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
Caleb Penny-Kosser
Dec 05, 2016 Caleb Penny-Kosser rated it did not like it
If you have already read Stupid Fast by: Geoff Herbach then please skip Nothing Special by: Geoff Herbach. It has zero effect on the series. You can just skip to I’m With Stupid. Nothing happens in Nothing special. The whole book is just a first person narrative of 2nd grade level language and cringe expressions that I pray I will never hear in real life. The whole time I am wondering if something will ever happen. Nothing ever does. Never ever read this book.
Oct 22, 2016 Lynn rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the general story and watching Felton learn to accept his brother, and seeing Felton and Gus learn how to be friends for each other, the point of view bothered me. The choice to have the story written as a retelling in Felton's letter to Aleah made me feel too removed from the story. The fact that I really liked the characters was the only thing that kept me reading.
Sylvie Green
Oct 26, 2016 Sylvie Green rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It was about friendship. It was also really about a boy named Felton and his relationship with his brother. I like how it was written in the form of letters to Aleah. And, the writing sounded quite like a realistic teenage boy. It was also a funny and interesting story. I liked Nothing Special.
May 26, 2012 Vox rated it really liked it
When your brother is an athletic phenom, renowned for his track and football prowess, it's difficult to make your mark. The shadow he casts, even if he is as insecure as you are, proves too powerful to resist.

Until one day, when you just can't take it any more.

Such is the situation for Andrew Reinstein, whose brother, Felton, is all kinds of special. Andrew is tired of being nothing special, so he grabs his drumsticks and heads south from his home in Wisconsin to visit his grandfather, with whom
Dec 05, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
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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 ...more
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YA literature is often accused of being oversaturated with female voices… the voices of its authors is what people mostly talk about then, but by extension also often the voices of its main (female) protagonists. Anyone who reads more than a handful YA books a year will know that is as much perception as it is an actual verifiable fact (male “voices”, for instance are in no way underappreciated when it comes to “recognition”). For all those pe
Abbey Q
May 29, 2013 Abbey Q rated it really liked it
For the fourth quarter I have just finished a novel called Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach. This book is one of my favorite books I have read this year. And the reason I say that is, the main character is one of my favorite people in the book. Even though he is a boy I still can relate to him a lot.
The things that Felton goes through such as, his little brother, Andrew running away not coming back with unclear answers, as to where he really is. When Felton and Andrew fight I laugh at it becaus
Felton Reinstein is the top football recruit in the state and it's making him a nervous wreck, which isn't helped much when his younger brother, Andrew, runs away to a suspicious-sounding orchestra camp. In this sequel to Stupid Fast, Felton is still dealing with his crazy family and his own personal flaws -- most notably his self-centered nature that he tries to fight against. But this time around it's Andrew who's in trouble and Felton, the mostly-negligent older brother, who goes after him.

Sarah (YA Love)
If you’ve been following my blog, then you know that I LOVED Geoff Herbach’s debut Stupid Fast. Felton Reinstein is an authentic character with a real voice which rocked my socks as a reader. Herbach doesn’t disappoint with his sequel Nothing Special. Around the time Stupid Fast released, Geoff was posting about the sequel and at the time it was going to be told from Andrew’s point of view. I really liked that idea, but somewhere down the line the story changed slightly so Nothing Special is ...more
Oct 30, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Rhiannon Ryder
Aug 05, 2012 Rhiannon Ryder rated it liked it
Right up front let me tell you, this is part two. Nothing Special is the follow up to Stupid Fast, which I quite stupidly didn't realize, making the dive right into the depths of Felton's mind totally disconcerting. Therefore I want to make it known, before I get into the review, I think I was missing a rather large part of what made Nothing Special tick. IE- all the development of Stupid Fast.

Told in letters, dated and timed during a mystery trip you're not sure about until the end, Felton tell
Jul 15, 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
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
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
Jul 16, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
3.5-4 Stars. Not sure yet....emotional ending that makes me want to give it 5 stars. Need time to think this one through.

Ok, I've thought it through and I'm sticking with 4 stars. 3.5 is too low for how much I loved this goofy kid.

Nothing Special is such a sweet story. Told in a journal format that Felton is writing to his girlfriend...or maybe girlfriend...he doesn't know. He's such a mess here as he makes his way to Florida to find his brother.

After his quick rise to HS sports stardom, coac
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 ...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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Stupid Fast (3 books)
  • Stupid Fast (Stupid Fast, #1)
  • I'm With Stupid (Stupid Fast, #3)

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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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