Review: Stupid Fast

Aug •  30 •  2011

Title: Stupid Fast
Series: Stupid Fast # 1
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary

Author: Geoff Herbach

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 1, 2011
Book: Bought

“Fifteen-year-old Felton Reinstein has always been on the smallish side, but in his sophomore year he starts growing…and growing.
During gym one day he smokes the football jocks in a 600-yard race. Felton has never been interested in sports, but there’s no doubt-he is “stupid fast.” As he juggles his newfound athletic prowess, his mom’s sudden depression, an annoying little brother, and his first love, he discovers a shocking secret about his past which explains why he’s turning out the way he is.”

When I started this book I expected lots of sport stuff. Instead I got a great combination of sports and young man coming into his shoes. Felton deals with a lot of issues in this book, more so than a regular teen.
For me, as the reader, I felt like there wasn’t much of sports in this book. The reader see Felton shoot up like a weed, trying out for sports, but mostly Felton is learning to deal with home issues and school issues. The main character Felton, he is a great young man. He has taken responsibility in places where he shouldn’t have. I liked how he did his best to make do with what he had. 
The home life of Felton really touched my heart. Felton already having to grow up fast dealt with a lot of stuff. The crappy mom, little annoying brother, bulling at school and a girl he likes. Felton learns more about his father, his past, and even more about his mother. I really liked how the author, Mr. Herbach showed the reader a really flawed character. He did a great job on capturing the voice of Felton and all that he went through.
I really liked the elements in this book. A broken home, a main character growing up faster than he ever thought he would. So much goes on in the book that it is hard to not stop reading. A great, young, fresh voice, Felton is the American boy dealing with an average American life. Nothing is perfect but of course he is Stupid Fast.
I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. Great review Savy! This sounds like such a heart felt story 🙂

  2. Savannah
    Aug 30, 2011

    @Nic, Thanks and it is 🙂

  3. Jenny
    Aug 30, 2011

    I like that the sports element doesn’t overwhelm the story and all the emotional pieces shine through and help you connect. Looking forward to reading this one Savy!

  4. Herbach
    Aug 30, 2011

    Hey, thanks Savy! Really enjoyed your review!