Review: I’m With Stupid by Geoff Herbach

I'm With Stupid new coverTitle: I’m With Stupid

Author: Geoff Herbach

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: May 7, 2013

Interest: Series / Author

Source: ARC received from the author

Summary (From the publisher):

It’s nerd-turned-jock Felton Reinstein’s last year before college, and the choices he makes now will affect the rest of his life. That’s a lot of pressure. So, he’s going to make a list. What would he be if he weren’t a jock? He’ll try everything—comedian, partier, super student—and which ever identity he likes best he’ll stick with. Poof. Stress gone.

Except not… Because the list leads to:

1. The whole state of Wisconsin hating him.
2. His track coach suspending him.
3. His mom moving out.

Before leaving home forever, Felton will have to figure out just who he is, even if, sometimes, it sucks to be him.

I’m so sad to write this review because it means I’m done reading Felton’s story.  I’m also extremely excited to write this review because I absolutely love how Felton’s story ended.  If you haven’t read Stupid Fast, or if you have read Stupid Fast and haven’t read Nothing Special yet, I really hope you amend that.  Felton Reinstein is one of my absolute favorite characters.  If you’re a reader, you really need to meet Felton.

Geoff Herbach is simply a talented author.  While I was reading I’m With Stupid, I was laughing on one page and crying on the other.  His writing is perfectly balanced so the reader experiences everything fully.  Felton is dealing with tons of anxiety in I’m With Stupid, and I felt that anxiety while I was reading.  When Felton was happy, I was happy.  When Felton was beside himself, I was beside myself.  It’s not often that I so fully experience the same emotions as the characters I’m reading.  Stupid Fast and Nothing Special made me feel the same way, but I’m With Stupid packs a more emotional punch, at least it did for me.  I know this final installment of Felton’s story will really speak to teen readers, especially the teens who feel the pressure to succeed in anything, not just sports.

After reading Nothing Special, I’m really happy that Andrew and their grandpa play a bigger role in I’m With Stupid.  They’re both interesting and smart characters that add a whole new layer to Felton’s personality and character.  I love how insightful they both are and the way they guide Felton from afar.  Felton desperately needs guidance in this book.  At the same time though, we get to see Felton mature and want to become a guide for others.  His character arc is wonderful and commendable.

Geoff Herbach has written an utterly sincere trilogy that is  perfectly paced.  Before I even received the ARC of I’m With Stupid, I had a list of guys in class who wanted to read it.  When I received my copy, I handed it off to one of my students before I read it myself.  He finished it in two days and couldn’t wait to discuss it.  Geoff’s writing and stories really connect with teens, especially teen boys.


  1. What lessons were lerned in the book?

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Have you read the book? What do you think was learned? How does Felton grow as a character? What does he learn about himself and about life?

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