N for Nothing Special, by Geoff Herbach (book review) – road trip to reclaim his brother, crazy times

book cover of Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach published by SourcebooksAttend football camp or find his brother?
Be like his dad or make something of his life?
Listen to his friends or listen to his heart?

Even if you haven’t read the award-winning first book about Felton Feinstein, where he suddenly becomes Stupid Fast at running, you’ll die laughing at the high school senior’s stream-of-consciousness journaling and his screwball take on life. Running up and down the hall in the airport hotel because he can’t sleep, chasing after his brother, wanting to tell Grandpa Feinstein who he is but not wanting to tell him

Grab this one before the last volume of the trilogy, I’m With Stupid,  is published in May 2013 so you understand everything Felton, Andrew, and Gus have gone through.

When change is so quick, even if it’s good change, is it easy to cope?

Book info: Nothing Special / Geoff Herbach. Sourcebooks Fire, 2012. [author site] [publisher site] [fan-created book trailer]

My recommendation: Suddenly an amazing athlete after his dorky early years, Felton is still trying to sort out who he is – son of hippie mom and crazy dad, big brother of genius musician, football star, track phenom, terrible best friend to Gus… Then his brother goes missing and Felton has to find him, no matter what else he has to put aside to do it.

Gus is supposed to be Felton’s best friend, but he keeps hounding him about details for the prom (which is weeks and weeks away), bugging him about whether his girlfriend Aleah will come up for it, does he want to rent a limo, blah, blah, blah… when Felton really needs to concentrate on football games and indoor track meets and wondering if Aleah is a bit too quiet right now.

Andrew is supposed to be at orchestra camp in Michigan, but he’s not. His friends say he’s “on an adventure” and soon Felton’s skepticism about their claims turns to certainty: his too-serious little brother has taken himself to Florida to visit the Feinstein side of their family that Mom cut ties with ages ago.

Felton is supposed to go to football camp at University of Michigan, showing the coaches that he’s worthy of a scholarship. But for once in his not-the-best-decisions life, big brother decides that he absolutely must retrieve Andrew, whose made-up blog posts and stilted phone calls might placate Mom, but aren’t fooling him one bit.

So off he goes, first time on a plane, first time to book a hotel room, not the first time to find himself behaving like a total crazy man in front of people. Can’t stay still, can’t stop worrying about Andrew, can’t stop wondering why Gus is suddenly so mean to him, can’t bear to think about life after high school.

Will he find Andrew safe and sound?
Who is this cousin they never met before?
What will he say to his father’s father?

This wild and wacky road trip continues the transformation from dork to Stupid Fast  athlete begun in Herbach’s first book about Felton and sets the stage for the last book in the trilogy, I’m With Stupid.  (One of 6,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com) Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

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