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Nothing Special

(Stupid Fast #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  568 ratings  ·  123 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 ...
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Nothing Special, Felton Rienstein who is a Junior is really talented at football as he is a track. Felton plays both football and track at the same time which wasn't a good idea. Felton doesn't want to go to camps and doesn't like coaches watch him run. Will Felton Rienstein go to college to play sports or will he choke in front of the scouts? The only thing I didn't get was the names of the chapters. I made a connection in the book. Went Felton played football and ran track and hurt his hams ...more
Feb 25, 2013 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
Nov 29, 2011 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 12, 2012 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
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2012 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 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 implicat ...more
Steven Smith
Jun 08, 2015 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 whe ...more
Ramsey Hootman
Jan 24, 2012 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 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.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nothing Special is a fun and entertaining book to read. It follows Felton and his journey to finding his runaway brother. I couldn't stop reading it once I started, and after each page, I kept finding myself losing track of time. As for the book itself it's filled with fun moments and for a young reader like me, it's nice to find something that I find worth reading each day. ...more
Heather Moore
Mar 16, 2012 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. ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was very good I highly recommend it. It has very good details so it's easy to picture in your head and it's also really interesting. The beginning didn't go by too slow and the book itself was amazing. ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
May 2012 YIPPEE another great book comes out!
Bidisha Das
THE MC IS CALLED FELTON! That is enough.

I. Can't. Wait.
Brenda Kahn
Mar 11, 2012 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!
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG, I loved this book so much. It just makes you feel good. and it eventually feels like you ARE Alicia
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice follow up to Stupid Fast. Excellently written.
Tyler Wetzel
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Mar 06, 2015 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
̈Nothing Special ̈ a book by Geoff Herbach revolving around Felton Andrew and their mom Jerri and her side of the family. Felton's dad died when he was 4 and never sees his moms side of the family because they live in florida. The family lives very far from Florida in fact they live in Wisconsin. Felton said some really mean things to andrew and he couldn't take it, even through andrew treats him like a king felton was so mean to him he made a plan to go to Folrida.
Andrew wants to live with his
Caleb Penny-Kosser
Dec 05, 2016 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.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this, but most of the humor was outrageous boy humor- fun and funny (made my dad and the hospital staff laugh) and forgettable, inevitably. Loved the Beach Boy tribute band, and the idea of searching for answers from his father. Andrew becomes a little more interesting, but Jerri remains un-helpful at best, and I miss Aleah a little. Worth a library read (and yes, I'll read the third book...) ...more
Gracie Ulwelling
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book because it was about sports, and a person's life around sports. I could relate to it by having a lot of things going on in the story either with his family or anything else. I would recommend this book to someone who like sports and drama because this book is full of those two things. ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This book wasn't the best. I was bored at some parts. ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first book. The email narrative felt artificial and weird.
Dylan Petersen
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
it good but not as good as stupid fast
Dylan R
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book
May 26, 2012 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
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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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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