- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402256302
- ISBN-13: 978-1402256301
Book Description: Stupid Fast is the story of Felton Reinstein, a fifteen-turning-sixteen-year-old in a rural Wisconsin town whose sudden growth spurt turns him from a small, sad, jumpy, picked-on kid to a powerful athlete. In Felton’s voice, speaking from his bedroom in the middle of the night, we learn of his broken home, his mother’s intensifying depression, his little brother’s struggles, and the seeming root of all trouble – his father’s suicide ten years earlier, against the back-drop of his growing athletic success, his first love – a young African-American pianist named Aleah, and growing relationships with the same kids who tortured him through-out his childhood. As his home crumbles, literally and figuratively, Felton finds triumph on the field born of real kindness from new friends, from the support he’s given by Aleah and her father, from his once estranged grandmother’s rescue mission, and, most importantly, from his new understanding of his father, his self, and his potential for both destruction and magnificence. Stupid Fast asks us to know ourselves, to be compassionate, and to be unremittingly passionate about what we love.
Author Bio: Geoff Herbach writes novels (The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg from Three Rivers and the forthcoming young adult title Stupid Fast from Sourcebooks), hosts funny and sad radio, collaborates on indie rock musicals that may or may not be produced, and teaches in the creative writing program at Minnesota State University – Mankato. He is the father of two great kids, Leo and Mira. He is partnered to a very tall girl from Iowa named Steph. He loves big cities, but feels most comfortable on dark quiet streets in the rural Midwest. He grew up in Platteville, Wisconsin, where he was both a dork and a jock.
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