Friday, September 14, 2012

Book review: Stupid Fast

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Linking up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.

My name is Felton Reinstein, which is not a fast name. But last November, my voice finally dropped and I grew all this hair and then I got stupid fast. Fast like a donkey. Zing
Now they want me, the guy they used to call Squirrel Nut, to try out for the football team. With the jocks. But will that fix my mom? Make my brother stop dressing like a pirate? Most important, will it get me girls-especially Aleah?
So I train. And I run. And I sneak off to Aleah's house in the night. But deep down I know I can't run forever. And I wonder what will happen when I finally have to stop.

Thoughts while reading this book went something like this:

1. Why does he keep comparing himself to a donkey?
2. Wait, now he's a squirrel?
3. Are all boys this weird?

The first chapter was a bit confusing for me. Maybe it would have been better if not on audio. But from there on, the book just got better. Promise.

I think the description to this one is pretty misleading, though. First of all, this line: "Most important, will it get me girls." I don't like books, usually, where all the character wants is popularity/boys/girls. Felton NEVER seems concerned with it, really. I mean, he gets more popular and it affects him, but it's never his motivation for doing anything he does.

Secondly, the description barely mentions that his family is going cuh-razy. And really, that's what makes this book super engaging and unique. Poor Felton's life falls apart all at once, and we just get to watch how he handles or doesn't handle it all.

I loved Felton's voice. It really made me wonder if all boys are that crazy, but he is so so funny. Maybe even laugh-out-loud funny a couple times. Like how he calls his brother Andrew a pirate. Which, by the way, I also loved Andrew, and think the relationship between the two boys is just spot-on perfect. All the characters were really dynamic and fresh -- definitely not characters I've already seen.

I ended up loving this book, despite my initial concerns, and highly recommend it.

Have any of you read Stupid Fast? What did you think?


Kate said...

So most of the books you've been reviewing recently, I haven't read. (sadly)

BUT.. I must say. I've been keeping a running tab of them. Because they all seem so dang good! And ones like this one? Definitely going on my wish list once I get my budget. You just may be infiltrating my library without even meaning to. :P

Anonymous said...

Hey lady its been awhile. :) I haven't read this one, but it sounds pretty good. I'm also obsessed with audiobooks right now, and am always looking for new ones to download from the library.

Anonymous said...

I need to get my hands on this just to see how crazy this guy is. I'm pretty sure my husband is nutso. But his craziness keeps me entertained.

Sarah Grace said...

hi lady!! i nominated you for the versatile blogger award in my post today!

i love reading your blog and i want all of my readers to find you too! :) happy saturday!


xoxo, sarah grace


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