Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach – Two Reviews!

JacketThe book Stupid Fast is a great book is a great book for teenagers.  The main character faces many of the problems which are common to high school students, and there are many twists and turns in the plot.  The book is about Felton Reinstein, a dorky junior who finally, in 11th grade, realizes he is a natural athlete contrary to his personality and the people who he associated with prior to his star athlete status.  He then fits in with the most popular people in school, “honkies,” and he falls in love with Aleah.  But his mother’s emotional problems, the mystery surrounding his father’s suicide, and his brother’s strange attitudes lead to the disintegration of his family’s stability and sanity until the help of his grandmother solidifies the situation.

My favorite character was Cody Frederick, the popular captain of the football team.  He was always nice to Felton and never acted like the arrogant, selfish jerks he hung out with.  He always tried to be friends with Felton, even when Felton isolated himself from everyone.  He even threw Felton a sixteenth birthday party.

My favorite part of the book was when Cody and the honkies brought Felton his birthday cake and cheered him up because it happened right after his family disintegrated  and it coaxed him out of his shell and he strengthened his bonds with his family, his girlfriend Aleah and his new honky friends.  I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to friends.  I believe the book would be entertaining to a variety of people based on the sports, drama and romance which are center stage in the story.

Submitted by D.I.

Felton Reinstein was a nobody until his sophomore year in high school.  Then he got taller and he joined the track team and he became somebody in his town.  As his social life gets better, his life at home gets worse.  When his only friend moves away for the summer, his mom starts to lose her mind and his brother starts looking for answers about what happened to their dead father.  Felton’s life turns upside down.  In one summer he must turn from a joke to a jock without losing everything he believes in.  It’s either he becomes the person he wants to be or he becomes a honkie or townie, it all depends on the path he chooses.

I give this book a 3 out of 4 because even though it was an amazing story, it was very sad at many parts.  Many times I wanted to put down the book and cry for Felton, his mother Jerri or Andrew, his younger brother.

Submitted by EGS

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