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Nothing Special

(Stupid Fast #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  522 Ratings  ·  116 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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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
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
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.
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.
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!
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
May 2012 YIPPEE another great book comes out!
THE MC IS CALLED FELTON! That is enough.

I. Can't. Wait.
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
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...)
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first book. The email narrative felt artificial and weird.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This book wasn't the best. I was bored at some parts.
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
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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Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Ringo The Cat
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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
Abbey Q
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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.

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
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

Nothing Special is the sequel to Stupid Fast. This second book about Felton Reinstein deals with the aftermath of the physical and emotional changes he undergoes in the first book, and delves into the effects of his behavior on those around him, especially his younger brother Andrew. Felton tells the story in the form of a letter to his girlfriend, Aleah, who has taken a break from their relationship. He writes the letter on a trip to Florida
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Rhiannon Ryder
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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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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“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.” 10 likes
“If you want to feel like your life isn't too bad, take a Greyhound bus, Aleah. We should all take Greyhound buses.” 1 likes
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