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Stupid Fast

(Stupid Fast #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,661 ratings  ·  666 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
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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
Syndi
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
laughing out loud with this book. oh the bitter sweet and confusing and embarassing time of puberty. LOL.

yep, i can relate to al of it. ur body grow into something u dont understand. the attaraction of opposite sex. confusing and frustrating relationship with ur parents. the constant hunger.
not to mention the social awkardness.

i like the author telling it as it is. and it is very relatable to my puberty experience. minus the pimples experience.
Reynje
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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, thi
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Fernando
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy reading sports books, then Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach is the book for you. Felton Reinstein is a wimpy kid who is 15 years old and only has two friends named Gus and Peter. In late November in Wisconsin, his voice finally drops, he grows a bunch of hair, gets taller, and turns 16. He gets popular because he lets go of his shyness. So, he shows off his skills and talents at football tryouts and he nails it. Everybody is impressed. The sports stuff is a big deal for him, but at home ...more
Laura
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-in-a-book
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 pa
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Jared Keul
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exciting book for guys that love sports. I was hooked from the start and just wanted to keep reading. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys an exciting, fast paced story. The plot is deepened by the rough home life of the main character and his fight to stabilize himself, his home, his relationships, and his new found talent, his speed.
Isamlq
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Books
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2016
This is not a story about football. This isn’t even a tale about a boy who rises in popularity or becomes part of a team (it sort of is, but mostly not). This is a romance. That’s what it is. A boy who grows really fast and who comes from a severely dysfunctional family, falls in love with a girl who could easily be thought of as a musical prodigy. Throw in liberal amounts of teenage angst and a generous helping of cussing, and you have the framework for Stupid Fast.

The big no-no for me was the
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Sarah
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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, an
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Kyle
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
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Lorriezm
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Kellee
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
Mari
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 unece
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Hallie
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
Tyler Wetzel
Personal Response:

I really enjoyed this book because I could relate to it so well. I think it was so relatable to me because it had a lot to do about football, I happened to be in while I read this. I can also relate to it because it has a bratty little brother in it, which I have to deal with one every day. I again could relate to it because it took place in Wisconsin, where I live.

Plot Summary:
The book is about Felton Reinstein, a 15 year old kid, who is having the craziest
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Nathan Masacek

Stupid Fast By Geoff Herbach review.
Where should I start, Overall I think this book is great. There were so many good parts in this book that had me glued. This book is about A kid Named Felton which before the book he had a life where he was an average kid but over summer he “grew” and gained the ability to be able to run very fast. Felton joins the football team where he becomes a star running back. Along he has some struggles with some kid that are mean to him with jealousy, but he als
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Murray
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Felton is 15 and he is stupid fast, but his best friend is leaving for the summer. The jocks want him to start working out for the upcoming football season. The family that has rented out his friend's house contains a talented girl, who thinks Felton is weird, but she likes weird. With new friendships forming and his body changing his mother and his younger brother are getting crazier and crazier. This book takes a while to develop as Felton is not very likable, but he grows on you as the myster ...more
Lesa Boutin
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I wish I could have rated this higher because I seriously loved the character, his voice, and outlook, and the writing was fantastic, but, for me, the story lagged and was slow. I grew frustrated with trying to get to the point. I wondered if it was because it was the audio version, but I loved the narrator too! Which, again, is why I wish I could rate this higher. Definitely recommend it, though. Great male protagonist.
Landon Alley
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was really good. One of the better books I've read. I could relate to it a bit more than most of the books I've read. Not with his dad committing suicide, but with his parental situation in general. Like, he has a struggle with that sort of thing, and I go through the same thing with my mom and dad. It hit a little close to home, that's why I liked it so much. Would definitely recommend to anyone. It has a little bit of everything.
Trent
Mar 01, 2017 added it
it was a really good book with all the challenges that Felton had to face
Karson
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was quite amazing. Every chapter made we want to just keep reading. I really liked how you could relate with him. It really made me keep reading because some of the things that happened to him I could relate to. I really like how his life kind of changed and he became this different kid. It definitely related to me a lot because he works so hard to get better. And that was one of my favorite parts because all his hard work paid off and it inspires you to do the same.
Becky
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Stupid Fast is part situation comedy and part coming-of-age story. It’s set in a small town in Wisconsin and is one teenager’s journey to find out who he is and who he wants to be.

Felton Reinstein is weird. At least he thinks he’s weird. It’s the start of the summer and he’s found out his best friend Gus is going to Venezuela with his mum for the holiday. So Felton has no one else to hang out with – all of the rest of his classmates are jerks or jocks and he wants nothing to do with
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Ken
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, finished-in-2011
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
Ms. Yingling
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
On the Cybils 2011 shortlist for YA Fiction!
Felton has always been a squirrely, little kid, but one spring he finds that he not only has grown a ton, he has been able to channel his energy into running and is amazingly fast. He is recruited for the track team, where he meets some boys who encourage him to play football. Over the summer, he trains for that and gets even bigger, but everything else starts falling apart. His best friend is away for the summer, and Felton is running his paper
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Steven Smith
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stupid Fast is a book about a boy named Felton Reinstein who lives in Wisconsin. When he was just five years old Felton found his dad in his garage after he had hung himself. Felton wasn't very popular and only had two real friends, Peter, and Gus. He is really only friends with Peter because he can drive. At the end of the school year his best friend Gus has to leave and spend the summer in South America with his sick grandmother. Also at this time Felton is going through puberty and becoming m ...more
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bjneary
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Tom Mayer
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Cindy Minnich
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Dave
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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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