Stupid Fast Info


Cybil’s Award for Best Young Adult Fiction

American Booksellers’ Association Best of the Year list

Junior Library Guild Selection (All Three Stupid Fast Books)

YALSA (American Library Association) Best of the Year list

Minnesota Book Award for Young Peoples’ Lit (For Nothing Special)

Outstanding Book by a Wisconsin Author

Georgia Peach Award Finalist

Illinois Abe Lincoln Award Finalist

Penn Young Readers Choice Award Finalist

Indiana Eliot Rosewater Award Finalist

Florida Teen Reads List



“Whip-smart and painfully self-aware, Stupid Fast is a funny and agonizing glimpse into the teenage brain…Young readers looking for a genuinely memorable first-person narrator — in the vein of Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian or Pete Hautman’s Godless — should really catch up to Stupid Fast this summer.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 8, 20011

“This story has a little bit of everything: the challenges of growing up, the issues surrounding interracial romance, navigating tough class issues, and a narrator who is one of the most real, honest, and still funny male voices to come around in a while.” — The Hub, YALSA, June 23, 2011

“In the tradition of great young adult protagonists like Holden Caulfield and Eric “Moby” Calhoune comes Felton Reinstein, soon to be sixteen… This novel is Herbach’s first for a teen audience, but you would not guess that from the authentic teen voice of his protagonist.The author manages to deftly balance humor with high-stakes, emotional storytelling and even includes some romance to boot. Surprises abound in this future youth classic, not the least of which is how Felton comes to terms with his newfound inner jock. While male reluctant readers with an interest in football or running will especially connect with this novel, it is difficult to imagine a reader who will not find Felton’s tale compelling and highly entertaining.” —VOYA, June 2011

“It’s rare to gain access to a male teen’s thoughts at his most vulnerable… Felton is a hero for all readers–male and female. And Herbach (who admits to growing up in Wisconsin as “both a dork and a jock”) is a writer to watch.”– Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness, May 18, 2011.

“In the end, Felton’s sarcasm, anxiety, self-doubt, thoughtfulness, and compassion carry the day and perfectly capture the voice of his generation.” — School Library Journal, August 2011

“A great read for all teen and adult readers.  I loved this!  It almost moved me to tears as it provided insight into the mind of an adolescent.” Library Media Connection, October 2011

“Herbach…created a protagonist, Felton Reinstein, whose infectious energy nearly leaps off the page.” Read Jeanne Kolker from Wisconsin State Journal.

“A convincing riff on adolescent metamorphosis…Herbach is at his peak limning the confusion and frustration of a young man who no longer recognizes his own body, and Felton’s self-deprecating take on his newly awarded A-list status is funny and compelling.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Stupid Fast captures the rollicking ride of growing up in a broken home with a rare mix of raw honesty and hilarity. The pages race past, powered by a memorable voice, pulling you into the strange and thrilling journey of this Dork turned Jock. In other words: Stupid Fast is Stupid Good!” — Peter Bognanni, Author of House of Tomorrow

“In this struggling and often clueless teen, Herbach has created an endearing character coming to terms with his past and present in a small, well-defined Wisconsin town.” — Booklist, May 15, 2011

“Geoff Herbach’s STUPID FAST was not at all what I expected. I anticipated a humorous romp about a school jock.  Instead STUPID FAST (great title) is a gritty, often harrowing tale of an appealing high-school student trying to find his way.  As if school and its cliques don’t offer enough challenge, Felton (aka Rein Stone) copes with his highly dysfunctional family.  Readers will quickly sympathize with this kid who is simply trying to find his way. Who doesn’t love a story of the underdog’s redemption?”—Christopher Rose, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA




Giveaway for School/Teachers

I’m going to give away the last of my Anything You Want ARCs to schools and teachers. I’ll post again if I don’t run out, but message me, email me, whatever, if you’d like one for your school or classroom. This is 8th grade+. Pass it along, too.


Geoff Herbach’s Anything You Want – as thoughtful as it is hilarious

Very grateful to Queenbook for this review! Taco is an unreliable narrator. If you don’t get that, you should put down the book and move on to things you love… If you do get it, I think you’ll like this book.

Handheld Dream

If you can tolerate the lovable idiot who narrates this book, you will find a pretty amazing story inside.  I do not tolerate lovable idiots easily, so trust me when I say this – Anything You Want is definitely worth the read.  It is so funny and so full of heart, and I can’t imagine a smarter way to entertain and still engage readers in thoughtful commentary on big life lessons.  I do have to say that this is one time I really scored a book a lot higher than other critics.  I gave it five stars, but it only has a three star average on Goodreads – again, you have to commit to the lovable idiot and actually finish the book to see what I saw.


Goodreads Summary

Expect a bundle of joy—er, trouble—in this hilarious, heartwarming story from the award-winning author of Stupid Fast Geoff Herbach

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It is Finally Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday. This is weirdest book I’ve written and I am very proud of it. It’s about a good TacoTheKeeperkid named Taco. It is officially released today.

I’m reading at the Barnes and Noble in Mankato tomorrow at 7pm and will be at Addendum Books on May 14 at 4pm. I’d love to see you.

Steph packed tacos for lunch. This is true (although I don’t think she was thinking about my book).


I’ll be reading at the Barnes and Noble at River Hills Mall in Mankato on Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm and I’ll be reading at Addendum Books on May 14 at 4pm.

I’d love you to get the book at an indie. Of course, it is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, too.

Taco comes out tomorrow, so I made this short video.

Humorous Interp and Fat Boy

Lately, if I am feeling down, or lacking energy or purpose, or if I can’t deal with the gray sky out my April window, I watch a little of this guy, Taren Pfitzer, who is a dang speech champion, perform his interpretation of Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders. He is so very funny, everything improves immediately.


These Reviews Are More What I Expected

Well, maybe I didn’t know exactly what I expected, because I knew I’d written such a weird book and I knew Taco was one messed up kid and I knew he had some whacked-out thoughts about why people get pregnant (people will tell themselves anything to keep feeling okay), but I also had an out-sized emotional reaction to the kid, and wanted nothing more than to protect him…so I wasn’t figuring on Goodreads vitriol (which I still think has something to do with the title and cover tripping off genre expectations).

Okay. I did expect some people would really love Taco. So, I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see these great reviews from Cris at Tiny Obsessions and Kat at Life and Other Disasters. They picked up on Taco’s sense of humor (he is playing around a lot) and they also got that he was out of his mind with sadness and hiding from it by being so crazy positive (he really believed that’s what his mom asked him to do). When, at the end, the writing was flying along, and I felt like Taco was telling me what to say, telling me what happened, I started to get all sad and weepy. I sort of couldn’t believe it all worked out the way it did.  And, I figured the book was going to be a heart-breaker.

Thanks to Cris and Kat for seeing what I saw in there. It is hugely gratifying. If the book affects a few people like that, I’ll feel Taco found his home. That’s a very happy thought.




I am…

Geoff Herbach. I am the author of Stupid Fast and Nothing Special, among a bunch of other stuff. When I'm not writing, I teach writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.

Stupid Fast

Nothing Special

I’m With Stupid

Fat Boy (Gabe Johnson Takes Over)

PowderKeg Stage

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