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Stupid fast book talk

  1. 1. STUPID FAST BY: GEOFF HERBACH PRESENTED BY: MRS. JINKINS
  2. 2. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Geoff Herbach • Young Adult Fiction • Radio comedy shows • Tours rock clubs telling weird stories • Teaches Creative Writing at Minnesota State, Mankato. • 2 Children: Leo and Mira, Wife: Steph
  3. 3. ABOUT THE BOOK • Part of a Trilogy: Stupid Fast, Nothing Special, I’m with Stupid • Reading Level: Young Adult • Published June 1, 2011 • Published by Sourcebooks Fire • According to Herbauch, “It’s about a boy. It’s about sports. It’s about being a serious dork. It’s about a paper route. It’s about bullying and the opposite. It’s about a girl. It’s about hair growth. It’s about a little brother. It’s about piano. It’s about a depressed mother. It’s about learning to be who you are. It’s about not hiding.”
  4. 4. SUMMARY Felton, the protagonist of Stupid Fast, struggles with his dorky awkwardness throughout his schooling years. Suddenly, he finds himself hitting a growth-spurt and growing taller and taller. One day in gym class, he shows his speed and his newfound athletic prowess. He is recruited to run track and play football where he meets a new group of friends. Throughout the novel, Felton must find his new place in the social hierarchy of high school all while juggling his depressed mother, nerdy younger brother, and his new love interest. It’s a story of angst, coming of age, and perseverance.
  5. 5. CHARACTERS Felton Reinstein • 15 years old • Dorky, but funny • He had never been athletic, but hits a growth- spurt and suddenly discovers that he is fast….stupid fast. • He struggles with himself, problems with his family, and his first love.
  6. 6. CHARACTERS Aleah • Felton’s love interest • Intelligent • Creative • Plays piano • Pushes Felton to think deeper into issues and opens his eyes
  7. 7. OTHER CHARACTERS Andrew—Felton’s little brother Jeri—Felton’s mom
  8. 8. SETTING The typical American high school
  9. 9. CONFLICT Man vs. Self: Felton’s struggle to find who he is Man vs. Man: Felton’s struggle with his friends, old and new, his family, etc. Felton struggles to find his place in high school. He must juggle his athletics, his family problems, his social life, and his love life.
  10. 10. REVIEW This book is the perfect combination of adolescence and adulthood. Although the story lulls at times, Felton is both interesting and likeable. The reader also becomes attached to the minor characters, especially Felton’s brother, Andrew. Though the story has some mild language, it is necessary to capture Felton’s angst and newfound maturity. The plot is both believable and relatable, especially for teenage boys.
  11. 11. RATING Four Dumbells out of Five
  12. 12. SOURCES http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/2011/05/book-review- stupid-fast-by-geoff.html http://geoffherbach.com/books/stupidfast.html

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