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The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – January 26, 2010
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Fifteen-year-old Darren Bennett lives in an entirely recognizable teenage world: he's obsessed with science fiction and video games, bullied by his older brother, and completely baffled by the opposite sex. On the other hand, Darren's new, socially awkward best friend, Eric Lederer, lives a life unrecognizable to everyone: Eric can't sleep, at all, ever, a revelation he shares with Darren in strictest confidence. After overcoming his shock, Darren delights in exploring Eric's anomalous condition through a series of trials involving, among other things, roofies. When a typical high school fight over a girl leads Darren to tell a stranger about Eric's bizarre secret, Darren is caught up in the kind of fight-for-your-life adventure he so often daydreams about. Combining a coming-of-age tale with science fiction, Pierson performs a nimble, satisfying balancing act, with enough drama of the day-to-day high school variety to keep the more fantastic elements in check. The result is a fast-moving narrative with an authentic, heartfelt voice, plenty of laughs and spot-on cultural references, and a raucous climax. (Feb.)
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Like any right-thinking teenager who has grown up on Star Wars and comic books, Darren knows that if there’s anything unique about you, men in suits and dark glasses will show up and take you away. This knowledge takes on a new immediacy when Darren discovers that his new best bud, Eric, has a strange, well, superpower: he literally never sleeps and never has to! The good news about this is that it gives Eric lots of time to think about TimeBlaze, the multiplatform sci-fi epic he and Darren are creating. The bad news is that what they imagine starts to become real, including, yes, a man in a suit and dark glasses! In his first novel Pierson, a member of the sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy, has written a witty coming-of-age novel with some engaging twists (anything is possible, remember). And in Darren and Eric, he has created two engaging and memorable co-conspirators and co-protagonists. --Michael Cart
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Would recommend to anyone.
I wish I'd had The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To when I was younger, but I'm glad I have it now. By creating a world full of fantasy, DC has somehow heightened the realism for me, a girl who cared less about being accepted at parties and cared more about living in a world that I deemed badass enough and making sure I was sharing this badass world with the right people.
I was probably predetermined to enjoy this book since I am a fan of DC Pierson's comedy. He didn't have to work that hard to win me over. However I was completely engrossed by 25 pages and didn't set it down until I was done. Compelling. Funny. Realistic.
I can't wait to see what DC comes up with next.
Overall, the book is very enjoyable. I'm in my 20's and this book really made me miss high school. DC really gets the high school experience, and I'm sure bits of this are based on some sort of HS experience he had.
He's a funny guy, awesome writer and great comedian. I'm excited for future books.
It was worth the time .