Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach: Book Review

Felton Reinstein doesn't try to be a narcissist. With the sudden fame of having football recruiters watching him at every game, as well as track coaches taking notice, it's hard not to be self absorbed. Through journal entries to his girlfriend, Aleah, he tries to make sense of why his life is changing in sometimes not so good ways.

When Felton’s picture shows up in the paper in an unflattering pose he wishes he could forget, his life begins to unravel. Only he’s too busy thinking of his own problems to realize his younger brother’s life of living in his shadow has taken a toll far greater than Felton could imagine.

The usually clueless Felton slowly realizes something is amiss when his brother takes off for music camp. Felton discovers his normally sane brother has run off to Florida instead, and embarks on a cross-country trip with his former best friend to find him.

In Geoff Herbach's sequel to Stupid Fast (2011), the look inside Felton's head as he makes inroads in his family relationships is both funny and genuine. The simultaneous road trips and the lack of character introductions make the story confusing at first. However, the hilarious moments and self discovery of the male protagonist easily transition Nothing Special into a novel the hard to reach teenage boy would enjoy. Recommended for the young adult reader who likes self depreciating humor.

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Publishing Information

  • Publishing Date: May 1, 2012
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • Pages: 304
  • ISBN: 978-1-4022-6507-5
**In accordance with FTC regulations, this is not a sponsored post. I received a temporary electronic version of this book for a set amount of time for review purposes only which will expire.  NO other compensation was received.  My opinions are not influenced by outside sources.


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