The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had to

The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had to

A Novel

Book - 2010
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A wildly original and hilarious debut novel about the typical high school experience: the homework, the awkwardness, and the mutant creatures from another galaxy.
When Darren Bennett meets Eric Lederer, there's an instant connection. They share a love of drawing, the bottom rung on the cruel high school social ladder and a pathological fear of girls.  Then Eric reveals a secret: He doesn't sleep. Ever.  When word leaks out about Eric's condition, he and Darren find themselves on the run. Is it the government trying to tap into Eric's mind, or something far darker?  It could be that not sleeping is only part of what Eric's capable of, and the truth is both better and worse than they could ever imagine.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307474612
Branch Call Number: FIC Pier
Characteristics: 226p


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WVMLStaffPicks Aug 28, 2014

The voice of 15-year-old Darren Bennett perfectly expresses the thoughts and high school experiences of a geeky, self-conscious introvert who fills notebooks full of sketches in preparation for the day he releases an epic sci-fi movie trilogy/novel series. An amusing read with laugh-out-loud moments and a strange twist of magic realism.

Apr 10, 2013

I found this book entertaining and the characters feelings and reactions to everyday life very much like I remember high school. The sci-fi aspect made it interesting and quite different. I bought a copy for my teenage nephew's birthday.

Aug 24, 2012

The Gawker blog has a post about a high school student asking Yahoo! Answers for a summary of this book (The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To by D. C. Pierson), only to have the author respond!

Here's the link to this Gawker post <>.

Nov 01, 2011

Terrible. I couldn't even finish it. Returned it when I was half way through.

LocketLibrarian Jun 01, 2011

I liked this, I think. it's a weird little book that takes a turn from odd to fantasy about 160 pages it. I have to ponder this one a while.

Fredinthelibrary May 05, 2011

I'm glad others found this novel to be engaging. While I really wanted to enjoy it i found it difficult to believe in the characters at times. I wasn't able to make the sci fi leap either. Definitely an interesting concept though.

May 01, 2011

interesting characters, actually laughed outloud. I enjoyed the portrayal of high school.

May 19, 2010

sounds like a good book

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Jun 28, 2012

coda123 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

LocketLibrarian Jun 01, 2011

LocketLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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Jun 25, 2016

"I don't make a big show of hiding what I'm drawing. That's just as bad."


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