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The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – January 26, 2010
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Is it a funny book? It is an EXTREMELY funny book when Darren is commenting on his peers, or describing his own social awkwardness. I'd throw in some quotes but there are too many swear words for the review to be published in the passages I love most. And the universe Darren and Eric craft, while eye-rollingly absurd, is also very true-to-form for high school boys. I was more charmed by the drawings than the taxonomy of the created world, because the art is credibly the work of an untrained high school boy. In fact, Darren knows the limitations of his own skills. He draws people standing, looking straight ahead, and prefers to draw glasses on faces because the eyes give him trouble. But his drawings are enough to fuel and express his inner visions. When those inner visions take over his life, it's shocking and yet somehow believable.
This is a more complex novel than many of the reviews up here seem to suggest.Read more ›
The characters are in those odd years in high school where they they try on new things and drop them just as quickly, often for reasons they can't explain, even to themselves. They like this band one week when the object of their crush also likes it, but hate it when the crush also dissipates. They are still traveling from liking what the people around them like merely from exposure to figuring out their own tastes and desires.
Darren, a loner who fancies himself an artist but recognizes the pretention in it, reluctantly accepts the friendship of Eric, the weirdo kid, as they collaborate on Darren's trilogy of movies drawn from his serious of novels based on his drawings, which people think are really good. The drawings in the book are crude and two-dimensional, showing that these characters still sincerely think quite highly of their talents as well as being caught up in the idea of writing a novel or making a movie without the actual interest in novel writing or movie making. Darren, for the most part, doodles during his free time. He realizes this, but is afraid to admit it to himself.
Enter Christine, the theater chick, and also the worst archetype for a loner like Darren to adore. The slighest interest from her is enough of a hook. As he loses his virginity to her, more of his own identity starts to form. For him, it's a rite of passage and an important signifier. For her, it's just something to do because she's horny. She's in it not for Darren but for the experience.Read more ›
OK, so now that you're prepared for 16-year-old characters saying "like" a lot, you should know that not much happens early on beyond Darren becoming best friends with a kid named Eric who's equally interested in science fiction, fantasy, and drawing. The hitch (or "angle" as it's called in the book business)? Eric doesn't sleep. Ever. By way of explanation, Eric tells Darren, "I've never said it out loud before, but it's like, there's me and there's everyone else in the world, and everyone else is in a constant state of joining me and leaving me. When they leave, it's sort of lonely, I suppose, but I have time to think and do things uninterrupted. I go for walks." Without the escape of sleep, the world is a prison of sorts for Eric -- but in Darren's science fiction-loving eyes, it makes him not just a fellow nerd, but a miracle of the universe to be treasured. That is, until he steals Darren's first girlfriend ever. That's when the plot finally kicks in.Read more ›
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Great book. The number one thing I can say about this book is it is hilarious. I very rarely laugh out loud at books, but this book was the first exception in a while. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bryce Ian
Clearly, I am in the minority about this book. I really wanted to like it. I loved the title and the premise. The delivery of the story was what didn't work for me. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kahikina
Let me start this off saying it's easier to critique than to create. So, I'm impressed the author published his first novel, and I hope he's working on his third. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dan Anderson
This book was very confusing for me. I was enjoying the story and the dynamic between the characters when all of a sudden, there is drug use (which seemed very out of character... Read morePublished 23 months ago by HeatherLeah
I really, really liked this book. Since it's not dystopian YA SF, it starts off like a thoughtful and well-written coming-of-age story about two teen guys. Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by E. Miller
rate 3 stars because in from is good potential book. cartoon is bad. I sex . scholars is such high school.Published on May 13, 2014 by Mike Hanson
Took me forever to get through because I kept losing interest. Plotline was predicable and lacking. Main character complained constantly. Pass.Published on May 3, 2014 by K. Greeley
You might remember this story from the famous "Yahoo! Answers" response to someone who asked for a summary, wanting to skip the summer reading. Then D.C. Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Eric Juneau
If you're expecting D.C. Pierson's novel The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To to address and resolve all the issues related to the title character and his sleeping disorder,... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Michael Hickerson