Stupid Fast Info

StupidFastSmallCovSTUPID FAST AWARDS

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

 

STUPID FAST REVIEWS

“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

 

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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.

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