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Stupid Fast
by Geoff Herbach
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 12 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 670L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2011
NO. PAGES: 320
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
SERIES: Stupid Fast
SEQUEL: Nothing Special (Stupid Fast #2)
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults
ISBN: 1402256302
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
Stupid Fast—Book Review

Fifteen-year-old Felton Reinstein is changing. He seems to have grown into a full-sized hairy man overnight and he is not sure when that happened. He also has acquired some kind of super human speed. When he runs with the jocks in gym class, he easily flies past them! His super speed and new size has caught the attention of the athletic department at his high school. When coaches recruit him to run track and train for football, the former loner Felton gains a whole new group of jock friends. With his one friend away for the summer, Felton welcomes these new friends and the strict new training they make him adhere to. But when a new and intriguing girl moves into his best friend's house and his mom starts to literally go crazy, Felton struggles to juggle it all. And then, he discovers an unsettling secret about his past...
The Scoop
Stupid Fast—Book Review
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Stupid Fast is a fantastic choice for any teen boy or girl, especially a reluctant reader. It is an engaging and easy read, but well-written enough to have won some awards as well. Felton is a somewhat tortured pubescent teenage boy. He talks a lot of the shocking amount of hair that has cropped up all over his body, and about his feelings of anger and restlessness. When Felton is stressed (which is a lot), he has to "move" and will channel that energy into running, lifting weights, and biking. He has a lot on his mind: his new girlfriend, the pressure to excel at a sport he has yet to play, his mother's depression and virtual absence, his brother's oddities, old friendships fizzling, trusting new friends, and most of all, his deceased father. Felton was five when he found his father hanging in the garage, the result of a suicide. He mentions this as he struggles to understand and reconcile it. His mother, ten years after the fact, has a breakdown because of this. Felton calls his grandmother to come care for them, who essentially fixes everything. Readers will be charmed by Felton, will relate to his awkwardness and vulnerability, will laugh through his adventures, and will cheer for his triumph. This book would also be great for a middle grade boy on the older end of the spectrum. For a teen book, it is pretty wholesome, but there is frequent mild language (a-s, sh-t, b-tch, d-mn). The "F" word is used once by Felton's mom to show that she is seriously ill. Classmates call each other "honkey" for years, but do not know what it means until an African-American girl, disgusted, enlightens them. Felton and his girlfriend share some long but innocent kissing sessions. Fans of this book will be happy to know it is the first of three books about Felton and his life. Nothing Special is the second book in the series.
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