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Nothing Special (Stupid Fast #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  303 ratings  ·  84 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 noooo ... A...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
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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...more
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...more
Ramsey Hootman
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...more

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...more
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,...more
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
Anali Keefe
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...more
Mrs. Tongate
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...more
Heather Moore
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
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!
Priscila Cervantes
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
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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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.

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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...more
Kay Mcgriff
I have lots of readers (myself included) who loved Geoff Herbach's debut novel Stupid Fast. They will be glad to know that I have finally read the next installment, Nothing Special (Sourcebooks Fire 2012), and will share it in my classroom as soon as my daughter finishes reading it.

Felton Reinstein is back, and he's still fast and insecure. Knowing that college recruiters and coaches are watching him run track or play football gets him off his game, and so do mysterious emails from Detective Ran...more
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 tol...more
Abbey Q
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...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This is a continuation of Stupid Fast. You can read this book alone, but there is information from the last book that will help you understand this one.

Once again, Felton is on his way to find himself. After discovering secrets, Felton is on a new mission to save his brother. I loved that this plot line feels real. With emotions that rock the reader, Felton learns to sacrafice everything for the one he loves. I loved that with each chapter Felton is so real. He doesn't sugarcoat things but says...more
Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)
Review originally posted to Words at Home blog, June 12, 2013:

I am loving this series more and more with each page I read. There are very few books that I actually find laugh out loud funny but I just couldn’t help myself while reading Nothing Special. Seriously, it got to the point where I was eliciting stares from my family and random bench sharers at the park and in waiting rooms.

Rather than a straight narrative, the entire novel is told by way of an...more
Rhiannon Ryder
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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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.” 8 likes
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