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 interview 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

“The story, the style and voice in which it was written was great.  I think it might have both boy and girl appeal.  Strangely enough, I remember as a teen having those same voices in my head trying to second-guess everyone and everything around me setting up scenarios leading me to disastrous conclusions.  I especially like the crazy young woman in the nursing home who thought she was seeing a ghost.  Pretty funny, but weird at the same time. How the two brothers cope separately with the situation, not to mention how they begin to treat each other is amazing.  It’s not until the brothers reach the bottom of the pit that they figure out a way to pull themselves up.  It’s a good story of a family in crisis that learns to take the necessary steps to help it heal itself.”—Judith Lafitte, Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA

“Told from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy, this will find a crossover audience.  Felton will appeal to everyone.  He is young, full of angst, worried and friendless.  However, as his body starts to change so does his outlook on life.  He discovers that there is something about him people can like and maybe, just maybe, he can like himself too.  Until his world falls apart behind closed doors.  His mother has a breakdown and he doesn’t know what causes it.  Trying to hold his family together, as well as his newly discovered self-worth, proves harder than he thought possible.  Hopefully, as Felton learned the hard way, readers will see that they aren’t alone and don’t have to be.”—Stephanie Kilgore, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ

“If you know anything about me, I’m a YA-loving teacher who’s always on the look-out for great guy books. I am so stinking happy that I read Stupid Fast because it is destined to be a winner with my boys! I’ve already had some success with Stupid Fast because before I even had a chance to read it, one of my freshmen boys asked to read my ARC. I had to say yes because he’s one of my reluctant readers. He isn’t reluctant anymore! He tore through this book and was so proud when he gave it back to me; he finished the book and wanted to read another. As a teacher or librarian, does it get any better than that?!“– Sarah Anderson, YA Love

“The summer Felton Reinstein turns sixteen, he “runs like an angry donkey,” develops arms of “muscly jungle snakes,” meets a beautiful pianist in a white nightie, and must contend with his mother’s slow unraveling in this hilarious, painful, tender read.”– Caroline Starr Rose, Author of May B.

“Wonderfully funny and touching. I can’t imagine what kid wouldn’t relate to Felton as he goes through normal teen stuff like first love, peer pressure and bullying, and deals with some big time family issues. And it made me laugh out loud, many, many times. Don’t be a poop stinker. Read it.” — Christina Mandelski, Author of The Sweetest Thing

“I don’t have enough adjectives to describe what a fabulous book this is. I couldn’t recommend it higher for guys OR girls, squirrel nuts or jocks.” — Carrie Harris, Author of Bad Taste in Boys

“…this story isn’t just about high school and puberty and sports. It has a dark side. It’s also a story about loss, and love, and what it takes to pull a dysfunctional family back together. Geoff weaves drama, comedy, and tragedy together seamlessly. The story is heartrending, yet hilarious, evocative, yet poignant.”–Megan Bostic, Author of Never Eighteen

“This book’s Stupid Fantastic and your guy readers are going to love this. Crutcher, Lipsyte, Herbach!” Paul W. Hankins, ALAN Board Member, Founder RAW INK Online, High School Teacher

Stupid Fast is a Junior Library Guild 2011 pick.

Great stuff from blogs: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile, A Good AddictionBunny Book Blog

RANDOM YEARS OF GENERAL PRESS

June 16, 2010, The Line, Powderkeg Live: Prairie Home for Cool Kids.

April, 2010, Minnesota Monthly, Variety Pack: PowderKeg Live!

March 5, 2010, Minneapolis-St. Paul video: PowderKeg Live!

August 12, 2008, Listen to the Nevada Public Radio Interview.

April 27, 2008, Read Time Out Chicago’s Interview.

April 25, 2008, Listen to the Milwaukee Public Radio Interview.

April 15, 2008, Listen to Euan Kerr’s Minnesota Public Radio Interview.

January 2008, Article from Metro: On The Air

May 27, 2007, Listen to MPR’s “Inside the mind of Electric Arc Radio.”

January 25, 2007, Article from Star Tribune/Vitamin: An Indie Home Companion.

June 24, 2004, Minnesota Public Radio: “Coming to a bar near you… Lit 6”

OTHER PROJECT REVIEW SAMPLING

For the musical Don’t Crust Our Heart…

…Brilliantly, hilariously vocalized by director/co-writer Geoff Herbach and Mary Everest…a tremendously satisfying in-joke that playfully skewers hipster music trends, provincial boosterism and the tendency of our best creative types to move to New York. Very funny and even kind of touching.

–Simon Peter Groebner, Vita.mn

For The Miracle Letters…

The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg is a darkly comic, extraordinary peek into the delicate mind of a suicidal no-hoper. A modern-day Owen Meany, T. Rimberg is a superbly crafted character: death obsessed and soulful, resentful and ashamed, chivalrous and scruffy. In his brilliant debut novel, Geoff Herbach parks good and evil side-by-side in the sandbox and, with masterful confidence, allows them to figure things out for themselves.
–Tish Cohen, author of Town House

The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg is a wonderful trifecta—funny, mysterious and full-hearted. From a farewell letter written to Aunt Jemima to a quiet moment in a Polish cemetery, I laughed and ached alongside T. Rimberg all the way through his fantastic journey.
–Brian Leung, author of Lost Men

I read The Miracle Letter’s of T. Rimberg and I was gobsmacked.
–Heather McElhatton, author of Pretty Little Mistakes

Rimberg is worthy of both sympathy and hatred; you feel bad for him that his wife left with the kids, but you curse him for having an affair to prompt his divorce; you don’t want him to die, but you question his melodrama. He’s a man who tells everybody he wants to die, but might have too many interesting things to say to actually let it happen.— Ben Palosaari, City Pages (Twin Cities)

“Miracle Letters” is a funny, sometimes dark and ultimately tender story about T. Rimberg…What’s so inventive about this story is the way Herbach tells it… — Mary Ann Grossman, St. Paul Pioneer Press

The intense, confessional writing reads a lot like therapy on the page. And to reinforce that notion, Herbach brings in a theme constantly discussed in psychoanalysis: the idea that we are always mirroring our parents’ lives, re-experiencing what they have in fact experienced, and at the same time, trying to escape that pattern… It’s what transforms the novel, and all those suicide notes, from gimmick to meditation and what ultimately allows it to succeed. –Alicia Eler, Time Out Chicago

For Electric Arc Radio and Lit 6 Project

“Finally someone has succeeded in uniting literature and rock ‘n’ roll…”
–Graydon Royce, Minneapolis Startribune

“We’ve fallen hard for the whacky antics of the Lit 6 Project, a troupe of local writers who make book worming far less geeky than it actually is.”
-The Rake

“…reliably interesting… stories full of tongue-in-cheek literary references and droll humor…the middle ground between…Robert Wagner and… Joseph Conrad.”
-The Onion

“…approaching literature with the sensibility of rock promoters… we predict (the show) will go number one with a bullet.”
-The City Pages

“…the extraordinary art of literature-based, in-your-face, live-action story-telling.”
-Kansas City Star

“…utterly warped and brilliant humor…I’ve not laughed so hard in years.”
-Pulse of the TCs

Here, the young genius, Oscar Bergeson, considers The Miracle Letters.

You can buy it here, if you’d like to.

1 Response to “Herbach Reviews, Etc.”


  1. 1 danya May 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    you are my hero. I LOVE YOUR BOOKS. today at school we have to write a letter to our hero and I choose you because your books make me want to read more books. I love the fact that your books leave me wanting more. I look up to you because you’re such a good Role Model. When I grow up I would like to be like you. Writing books inspiring people to read and write books. I was wondering if you could send a book to me with your signature on it because I would think that is cool because I don’t have anything like that. I really wanted your autograph but you live so far. Could you send me a book with your autograph in it? It would really mean a lot to me.I tried to find books like it but I can’t find any. Do you have any books you know that are like that? Who keeps you going? Like who keeps encouraging you to write more books? I love your books u are my hero. Even if you could send me a book mark I would really appreciate it. Thank you again. You are the best.
    Love, danya


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