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Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach
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Mar 12, 2012

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bookshelves: 8th-grade-and-up, guys-read, high-school-and-beyond, sports-novels

Remember Stupid Fast? The story where Felton transforms from geeky gawky boy into stupid fast runner/football star with the lovely girlfriend Aleah who endures his mom's nervous breakdown?
He's back.
All is good -- he is running and playing like a superstar until he gets wind that scouts and coaches are checking him out. Performance anxiety takes over and he falls apart.
If Stupid Fast was adjusting to who his dad was and settling that, Nothing Special is coming to grips with who Felton is. It is a worthwhile journey to travel with Felton as he figures out what he is going to do and how to do it.
Let's see how does Felton put it? Well after stuffing his foot into his mouth for 200 pages, he pulls it out and says...
"...if you act out of love (for the game, for friends, for your family) whatever you do is both perfect and right. It doesn't matter if you are a deep thinker or a squirrel nut, if you act out of love. ....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."
It this the answer to Felton's crisis? - for now it gets him through.

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