Title: Nothing Special
Author: Geoff Herbach
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Source: From Publisher
Felton Reinstein thought he had it all--a great girlfriend, an athletic scholarship in the bag, and football friends he could totally count on. Wrong. Like an elephant storming a house of cards, it all comes crashing down. And it's Felton's fault. Turns out his little brother has taken an impromptu road trip to Florida (a.k.a. desperate flight from all the talented people) to make a bid for stardom (a.k.a. fronting a hotel rock band with escapees from a retirement community). What's a big brother to do but help pick up the pieces, even if it means giving up all the status, all the glory and once again facing a life of nothing special.
While I waited quite some time to read Nothing Special, I didn't make the same mistake with Nothing Special by Geoff Herbach. Much like with the first book, Nothing Special was hilarious with an added layer of depth that made me love it even more.
Felton Reinstein thought he finally had everything figured out. he was on the football and track teams, had a gorgeous piano-playing girlfriend and his mother was finally more or less normal again. But then he has a fight with Aleah before she leaves for Germany and his brother Andrew has run off to Florida to play music in a retirement community. And now it's up to Felton to get Andrew back home before everything spirals out of control. Again. But getting Andrew out of Florida and back home may be a lot harder than Felton originally thought it would be. And along the way, maybe he'll find out more about his long-gone father.
After I finished reading Stupid Fast, I immediately picked up Nothing Special and started reading it right away. And just like with the first book, Nothing Special turned out to be a fantastic read. Once again, Geoff Herbach wrote a hilarious story that had me laughing on more than one occasion. But there was lot more to Nothing Special than a hilarious story. Beyond the ridiculous situations Felton Reinstein finds himself in, there is a layer of depth to the story that can be easily overlooked. But that added depth is what made me love the story Geoff Herbach wrote even more. I loved seeing how there were deeper issues present throughout the book and, beyond Felton's character, they were often what kept me reading.
Once again, Felton Reinstein was a hilarious character. I can't even begin to fathom how he gets himself into half the situations he gets into. But on top of being hilarious guy, Felton Reinstein has grown a lot since hte last book and also does a lot of growing throughout the course of this book. It was really great to be able to see that Felton was more than just a funny guy. I also really liked getting to see more of Andrew. Andrew is just as quirky as his older brother. In Nothing Special he was responsible for a lot of the deeper moments and despite being younger, helped Felton grow a lot. The way he is sometimes brutally honest is what often will result in Felton seeing things in a different light, which made for an interesting relationship between the two brothers.
Despite the title, Nothing Special was a pretty special book. Geoff Herbach wrote a great story that was both hilarious and serious. Don't let yourself be fooled by the title, Nothing Special is a whole lot more than that.