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Nowhere Fast

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The latest from PUSH: a startling first novel about guy friendship, difficult choices, and life in the middle of nowhere.

This startling debut novel is about both the velocity and the inertia of being a teenage boy in America. It's about Gary, who drives around aimlessly with his best friend Wilson in a stolen car, looking for something to do but only finding trouble or bor
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Push
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Kailana Kahawaii
Sep 21, 2015 Kailana Kahawaii rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult-ish
The story of an ordinary teenager in an ordinary small town. Nothing I haven't seen before, but reading it as a teenager it really opened my eyes to some of things that I was already all too aware of. It made me realize that becoming numb to the recklessness and listlessness of adolescence is at once thrilling and frightening.
Jan 24, 2015 jimtown rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a young adult book about choices and friendship. It's really well done for the most part. There is a tension and a little mystery to it. The characters seem to be spot on. Wilson, a bold, daring, cocky boy who pushes his luck and gets by with his smile knows he has a grip on Gary. He toys with Gary because Gary is gullible and needs to be led. Gary tries to think things through with the best interest at heart, but he lacks the knowledge and life experience to make good decisions, so he j ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
That was not the book I was expecting when I started it. I was expecting a "young white male has a troublemaker best friend, an abusive father, and complains a lot about how there's nothing for him in his small town, and how his girlfriend won't put out, boo hoo hoo." And there's some of that -- the small town, the abusive father -- but the neat thing about Nowhere Fast is just how much RESPECT it has for its relationships. Nobody is two-dimensional. The best friend is just as complex as the nar ...more
Thea Villa
Apr 09, 2013 Thea Villa rated it really liked it
Finished it in one sitting. or lying down. Anyway, it's a short book, not going to say that it's a masterpiece but definitely a book really worth reading. I might be biased since I'm into books like this, with the protagonist being full of angst and everything.

I like how the Gary developed throughout the story but anyway that's how we all expected in the end right? That he'll be free and whatnot, but the way the author told the story with all the events makes you wish that there'll be more to th
Maia Ogembo
Mar 17, 2013 Maia Ogembo rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-iii-read
Kevin Waltman's Nowhere Fast is a novel about Gary's life. It includes his relationship with his girlfriend, his abusive father, and his trouble maker friend. The book was slow at some parts, but got interesting. I think I enjoyed this book because it is a teen novel and I could sort of relate. It was written in a way that made the main character seem real and it was awesome. I recommend this book mainly for teens or adults who want to read a teen novel.
Dec 21, 2008 Jenn rated it it was ok
As much as I can normally fly through teen books, this took me a verfy long time to read. I continually put it aside to find something more entertaining. And, to be honest, I couldn't even tell you what this one ended up being about. What a shame, as I had usually enjoyed the MTV books in the past.
Jul 28, 2011 Kacie added it
Growing up mostly in Indiana, I can totally relate to a lot in this book. It was upsetting that Roverson turned out the way he did, though, and that Gary still had a lot of respect for him in the end. Pretty good read.
Jan 30, 2009 Sydney rated it really liked it
good book but hoping for better ending could barely put it down when reading but have read many books like it from the past like That was then and this is now
May 30, 2015 Heidi rated it did not like it
The story went nowhere, slowly.
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Kevin Waltman was born in Bedford, Pennsylvania, and spent his teens and twenties in Indiana--time spent mostly around basketball courts and political events. He moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2001 to get his MFA in fiction at The University of Alabama. There, he met his wife, Jessica Kidd. He now lives in Coker, Alabama, with Jessica, their daughter Calla, and their dog Henry. He teaches. He wri ...more
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