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Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
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Jul 21, 2011

it was amazing

Wow. I had no idea teen boys had the same type of voices in their head full of self-doubt and confusion that teen girls do. If I had read this in 9th grade, it would have been a valuable glimpse into the minds of adolescent boys. The book was emotionally intense, I couldn't get very far in the first sitting; but once I knew what sort of read I was in for, I could mentally prepare, and once I picked it up again the next day, I didn't want to stop reading. Stayed up past midnight on a work night two nights in a row. It's a coming-of-age drama on top of a disfunctional family drama, with a little sports action, mixed with a refreshingly sweet first love, and a dose of satirical humor. The story and writing is edgy, but it doesn't cross over into explicit territory. So, it can work for middle school and high school. Any guy who's been through the first wave of puberty should be able to relate. The romance and family drama will appeal to teen girls as well. A stellar debut YA novel.

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