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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,473 ratings  ·  471 reviews
I, Felton Reinstein, am Stupid Fast. Seriously. The upper classmen used to call me Squirrel Nut, because I was little and jumpy. Then, during sophomore year, I got tall and huge and so fast the gym teachers in their tight shorts fell all over themselves. During summer, three things happened all at once. First, the pee-smelling jocks in my grade got me to work out for footb ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Sarah (YA Love)
If you know anything about me, I’m a YA-loving teacher who’s always on the look-out for great guy books. I am so stinking happy that I read Stupid Fast because it is destined to be a winner with my boys! I’ve already had some success with Stupid Fast because before I even had a chance to read it, one of my freshmen boys asked to read my ARC. I had to say yes because he’s one of my reluctant readers. He isn’t reluctant anymore! He tore through this book and was so proud when he gave it back to me ...more
3.5 stars

Stupid good is more like it.

If you’re looking for a contemporary YA with an exceptionally strong voice, well-rendered characters and a realistic approach to family, friendship and first love, I’d have no hesitation in recommending this novel.

I assumed that Stupid Fast would have a much larger focus on football – not unreasonably, given the cover and summary. But while Felton Reinstein’s newly discovered speed and size do gain him the attention of the high school football team, this is
FNL Character Rating: Luke Cafferty/Landry Clarke*!!!!

(* 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
Stupid Fast is about a young boy that becomes a teen overnight, or so it seems to him. One night he goes to bed a scrawny loser and in the morning he wakes up a very hairy, and very popular football player. Felton Reinstein not only has to deal with his new and improved body, h is has to deal with his malfunctioning family. He is the one who found his father "hanging" in the garage. His mother burns all remembrances of his father and eventually has a breakdown. Oh there is his little brother, bu ...more
Vibrant, funny, captivating. A one day read.

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
I remember hearing about Stupid Fast because Sarah at YA Love Blog read it and raved about it. It was one of the books we recently purchased for our classroom libraries at school and as soon as I saw it, I couldn't wait to read it. It was great, as I predicted, and is starting to become a hit at school.

The thing I absolutely loved the most about Stupid Fast was Felton's voice. Geoff Herbach clearly nailed the voice of a teenage boy going through a lot of changes (aka all teenage boys). Felton is
With a tendency to go off on tangents it was at first difficult to get a line on what Felton was trying to saying. I was constantly wondering where he was going with what he was saying; it turns out he was figuring things out as well. Still, he could get pretty funny. It’s not even him wanting to be a stand up comic, no… his is a humor that’s not intended because in simply saying what was, in being honest about one absurd situation and then another, his observations felt true, funny and even whe ...more
This is one of those books that while reading I kept realizing, "I am not the target group for this book." This doesn't happen too often when reading YA, but every once in a while there is a very boy book that I read that I have trouble connecting to because, well, I am not and never was a teen boy. The great thing about Stupid Fast is how many different issues are going on. While I didn't connect to a lot of the boy stuff- lifting weights, brother stuff, puberty, etc. I very much connected with ...more
With its tragically dysfunctional family and humour despite all the angst, this should have been exactly my cup of tea. I appreciated the sheer rawness of Felton's voice, and how seriously messed-up everyone was, but some things just didn't ring true, and others may have felt accurate enough, but I didn't want to go there. The one thing that I couldn't see in any way other than a need for the author to have a feel-good plot-line for poor Felton was the romance. I'd have loved to believe in it, b ...more
An amazingly well crafted book. I fell in love with the characters, was pulled in by the plot, laughed out loud numerous times, and was in awe of how perfectly the author captured a teen boy's "fast" growth spurt. Wow.

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,
At first I didn't like this book because he kept going on about his growing body hair, how stupid fast he was becoming, and his crazy mother and brother. Then very subtly the tone shifted to reveal what a train wreck his home-life was becoming at the same time his social life and a budding romance were the only good things in his life. It almost seemed like the book was trying to explore too many issues at once - a parent's suicide, bullying, friendship gone bad, depression - but they were all p ...more
I don't have enough adjectives to describe what a fabulous book this is. I couldn't recommend it higher for guys OR girls, squirrel nuts or jocks.
Matt Lerdahl
Stupid Fast was a great book. I really enjoyed reading it. I originally thought I would never finish it because it was 300+ pages but I did. I picked this book because it had a football player on the cover and looked good. It ended up being better than I expected. I enjoyed how the author talked about Felton and his brother(Andrew) and girlfriend(Aleah). He also did a good job with how Felton went from a small nobody to a big and strong, popular football player with a hot girlfriend. It is a goo ...more
Cindy Minnich
Felton just realized that he was stupid fast the year he was 15. Fast enough to get noticed during gym class by the track coach. Fast enough that he should have beaten two-time states winner Kennedy Johnson during the last track meet – except that he was on the sidelines puking instead. Fast enough to hear Coach Johnson talking about arranging for him to have his own recruiting page and hosting D-I (Division I) scouts to see him play a game he has never even gone to see on a fall Friday night.

Lisa K
Wow. So much more than a sports book. Yet, like Tangerine and Pop, it's a book that shows a non-athlete the draw, the thrill, is to sports.

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
Logan Erdmann
I really liked this book and was able to connect to it because of the sports connection. I think that this book exemplifies that there is a lot more beneath the surface to a persons life. I didn't like how his mother just shuts down and becomes depressed. Felton is also targeted by a teammate that hurts him pretty bad.

The main characters are Felton, Aleah, and Jerri. Felton is a super fast athlete that wows all of the coaches at the high school. Jerri is his sweet mother that turns into a mean m
Never judge a book by its cover. I bought that at Clichés R Us and thought I'd throw it out because, with STUPID FAST, you certainly expect a sports book and get instead a family social drama book (or whatever they're called -- contemporary realistic fiction, maybe?). Not to worry, Herbach's equal to the task, and once you realize that it's a CRF in sports book's clothing, it's cool. And yes, you get a little bit of sports thrown in, but just a little, and mostly at the end, so if you're looking ...more
Jun 10, 2013 Dave rated it 3 of 5 stars
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3.5 is more accurate. What began as another teen angsty tale with ho-hum characters and a little confusion on my part (why was the mother so obtuse?), transformed into an extremely personal and sympathetic plight of the main character, Felton Reinstein, growing up in a small Wisconsin college town. Felton and his younger brother Andrew are being raised by their hippie-esque mother Jerri, who they call Jerri (at her insistence), and no living father (though Felton has vague memories of him). The ...more
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Felton doesn’t have much going for him. He’s always been rather small and he doesn’t fit in. Then something happens. Felton grows seemingly overnight and he is picked up by the football team.

Suddenly he is in the in-crowd and he attracts the attention of a beautiful girl. I think I even hear a choir singing in the distance.

Sounds perfect, right? WRONG!

Felton comes from a very, I repeat VERY, dysfunctional family. This is the heavy part of the story. His dad killed himself, his mom is in a deep d
Geoff Herbach's Felton Reinstein is one incredible character. His voice is funny, sweet, confused and just plain nice but life has not been easy for Felton and his family. At the age of five, Felton finds his father's body after he hung himself. Felton grows up insecure with some bad advice from his mother, doctors, and not having a father figure. The summer that his best friend unexpectedly leaves to take care of his grandmother; everything goes crazy- Felton's mom agrees that he will take over ...more
4.5 stars
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
Jack Morrison
i decided to read 'stupid fast' by Geoff Herbach because i saw it on the libraries self and i thought that the book cover looked interesting.the category on the bingo board this book completes is: A book with a male main character. i chose this book with a boy as the main character because i know that i relate to boys better than girls.a character i found interesting was the main character because he goes from a young boy who hasn't gone through puberty, to a teenager who becomes the fastest in ...more
Felton Reinstein is a geeky guy with a too active mind who's dealing with a piano prodigy younger brother, an ax-hippie-chick mother that insists he call her Jerri. He's a clueless small-town boy who's confused and alarmed that his best buddy is going to Venezuela for the summer and that his body has decided to betray him by constantly growing and constantly sprouting hair.

The story is charmingly told by a very clearly adolescent narrator with a overly developed sense of smell. While it starts
I definitely didn't like Felton's voice which is why I couldn't read more than about 20 pages. Not to say that there isn't some good stuff in there. I did get through understanding the family dynamic with a hippie mom who has her children refer to her by her first name and the fact that Felton's father hung himself when Felton was five and how his mom hasn't really gotten over it even though she tried to.

I guess I thought it was a little too hokey about him being "stupid fast" and "donkey fast"
Jonah Rockey
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach is a very good book. It is about a young boy named Felton who, in one summer, goes from average nerd to above average jock. His transformation brings about many problems with family, friends, sports, the popular kids, and just growing up. I liked this book because Felton faces many serious problems, but the author still finds a way to put a comedic spin on everything that happens. Also, this book really hits home with me and will for lots of other teenagers because h ...more
Felton was a small kid as a freshman and the only wish that he had as a short person was to grow and become strong like the jocks. Felton did just that and became this track star and football jock that no one saw coming. The one thing that is stopping him is the senior he is always up against. Felton to me is always dreaming on becoming a popular kid and becoming the liked guy around town. Felton has received a gift and want to put it to good use. The book is a good read for a sports freak like ...more
Felton Reinstein is a 15 year old who spends a lot of time talking about all the hair he is suddenly sprouting all over his body, his insatiable appetite, and the fact that he is suddenly "stupid fast". This book explores social status and fitting in. It also deals with complex family issues. Chosen as the high school book for the Global Read Aloud (, I think Stupid Fast would be a great suggestion for a reluctant reader - boy or girl. Anyone can relate to that awk ...more
Bettina Restrepo
OMG!!!!!! So funny - another can't-put-downer. I heard the author read the first chapter - and now everything Felton says sounds just like his creator (who is also a voice actor and college lit/ MFA professor)

But the story brings us squarely into a teenager who tangled life spins as one part takes off, and the other falls apart. Each character, the love interest (yeah for bi-racial relationships), the best friend (who is Venzuelan) and the younger brother (who is so well crafted that I wonder if
The book "Stupid Fast" is about a boy name Felton Reinstein who became famous for the speed he had for football. The book was created by the author Geoff Herbach. The book is based off the life of Felton Reinstein. The book starts off by talking about how he was unknown and how he didn't have much friends except for his friend name Gus. Until later on in the school year he trained to play on the football team and became noticable. But before all of that happened the nerd fell in love with this g ...more
Kurtis T.
Kurtis T. Bell

Stupid fast is an novel by Geoff Herbach. This is a hilarious story about a boy named Felton who was unknown to known. Felton was a couch potato who barely had friends, but he had one gift, he was fast. Felton ended up becoming popular for playing sports such as football and track. While this going on he realize it was because he was fast. Felton said to himself if he wasn't fast he would be a joke.
There were a lot of things I liked about the book. This novel had me laughing at on
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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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