Stupid Fast (Stupid Fast #1)
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Stupid Fast is funny, fast-paced, heartfelt, and real. This novel tells the story of Felton Reinstein, a fifteen-year-old growing up in rural Wisconsin.
However, this book isn't just about a underdog highschooler suddenly turned jock; it delves deeply into Felton's personal life.
I will say that there is a good bit of swearing in this one. I am neutral-ish on swearing. I don't do it much myself, and don't love to hear it out and about in public, but it doesn't make me uncomfortable either. I DO mind it in my reading when it feels forced or unecessary. Here,...more
As Felton goes through puberty, he grows very big and becomes very athletic without even trying. Once the track coach sees him running in PE, his life takes a very different turn. Once track is over, it's summer -- but the football team has Felton's summer all planned out, since he is going to be their star running back in the fall.
Felton also has to take over his be...more
The book "Stupid Fast" by Geoff Herbach is an extra-ordinary book that is about a young boy around my age who was at first a very small kid until the week before sports started. All of a sudden Felton his a very large growth spurt and out of no-where had a deeper voice, really athletic, and also super fast. But Felton was always good at sports he just never told anybody that he was good, but with this extra height and abilities he was even better. This book is or was...more
Felton used to be the awkward kid, the one whose dad killed himself. Starting in November of sophomore year, he grew and grew, and ate and ate, and slept a lot, too. Some of this seemed to make his mom mad; he yelled at his little brother, who's really OK. It all made him mad, and one day he took out the anger in the 600 yard dash. He ran stupid fast. Sudden...more
Felton's voice felt so real, so natural. The all-night narration idea is just right for the character and gave me such a sense of the energy coiled up in him.
I don't read much contemporary YA lit, so it was with trepidation that I picked this up. What I remember from the genre of my YA period(90s) is all Angst and Issues. And who wants to go there again? I was happily surprised to find a book that was about a person, not a cliche, and a person with tho...more
Child of a local professor notorious for his suicide when he was five and a mother known for her eccentricity, Felton Reinstein garnered the nickname Squirrel Nut through years of being teased for his own oddities. Sudden growth and crazy donkey speed change everything for Felton when summer takes his best friend in isolation away from him, leaving him as substitute for a paper route that introduces him to beautiful Aleah, a piano virtuouso who doesn't find him repulsive, and the new guy at...more
Felton Reinstein 's always been the awkward dork-with-a-Jewfro. The kid who's dad committed suicide when he was five. The kid w...more
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STUPID FAST is stupid awesome.
I could end my review right here (go read it already!), because that sums up exactly how I feel. For those of you who need a litt...more
Felton is a squirrel nut....well, that's what all the honkie jocks call him anyway. He's a nobody, a geeky loser. That is, until a few months ago when he started growing - growing hair, an appetite, and growing big. And he's fast! Where did this growth spurt and speed come from? Definitely not from his father (the kind, small, poet type who Felton found hanging in the garage when he was five).
But his new speed, height, and strength haven't gone unnoticed. Now the high school coaches ar...more
Stupid Fast is a funny and emotional coming of age story, reminiscent...more
Paperback, 320 pages
A refreshing mystery about the battles that a young male goes through while trying to find his true self. Felton Reinstein finds himself having an uncontrollable appetite while his body goes through drastic changes. Felton learns that he can run. . . FAST! His gym teacher, which just happens to be the Varsity Football Coach, instantly notices Felton's amazing speed and recruits him hard. Before football Felton was just...more
(* I tend to be biased against Landry because he looks a lot like one of my ex-boyfriends, BUT his nerd-to-football player persona works for this rating. And I didn't even necessarily like the main character of the book, so that works too. And I ADORE Luke, and his cute, sensitive persona works for this rating too.)
On to the actual review:
So, I'm at this point in my life where puberty is far enough in my past that I find teenagers bewildering...more
1-16-13 I am really enjoying this book so far. its going pretty quick. felton is growing up and now is dealing with all the problems of high school his mom and him always fight beca...more
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