“Just a flat out fun read”Carol C wrote this review Wednesday, August 18, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good dialogue, effortless style, really unique premise. Totally bizarre, of course, but somehow also realistic and true to its characters.”Katie M wrote this review Thursday, July 22, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Perfectly captures the high school boy. Only downfall was the ending which I hated, but the rest of the book makes up for it. Very well done and hilarious.”Lauren M wrote this review Wednesday, June 23, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ugh”houserules wrote this review Thursday, June 17, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was recommended to me by my Dad, who had received the book from a friend of his. Even before he finished reading it he would occasionally chuckle and have me read small sections that he found particularly funny. When I did read it though, I must say that I found it somewhat relatable, aside from the fact that Eric has never fallen asleep.
The main character is actually a teenager by the name of Darren, with a jerk of an older brother and little other family that he sees often. He likes to draw, and had been planning to possibly write a book from some of the doodles he had been working on. Then, one day in class, a kid he had never spoken to before approached him and asked him about his pictures. Later, when Darren told Eric about the plot of the book, which involved complicated time-traveling and imaginary creatures with strange powers, Eric was hooked and the two quickly became friends.
The majority of the story is about Darren an Eric's experience in high school as somewhat nerdy teenagers, but the book begins to take a sci-fi twist when Darren learns of several of Eric's strange "abilities". The last few pages of the book twist the plot into something completely sci-fi, which I had not expected at all. I was kind of upset at how quickly the story ended, because it seemed like so much more was going to happen before the climax.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys commentary on teenager-ish habits or a mild science fiction theme. ”
“Two teenage boys let their imagination run riot on the world, and suddenly it's all too real. Not like any story I've ever read before, but marvellously entertaining nonetheless. ”gamiila wrote this review Monday, May 24, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So funny, I laughed out loud almost all the way through. The end had a weirdly unusual twist that kept me from totally loving it. Definately NOT for middle school.”vicky k wrote this review Saturday, May 15, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you never had to sleep just think of all the things you could do. If you didn’t get tired but could stay up all night to do whatever you wanted, what would you do? Oh the possibilities. Think of all those things you’ve wanted to do but didn’t because you were just too exhausted. Well, 15 year old Eric Lederer has lived one consecutive day, never sleeping, always conscious, for as long as he can remember. But someone dangerously mysterious comes looking for him.
Pierson’s novel is hilarious. I laughed. My husband laughed at the quotes I read him....Read the rest of this review and others at my blog: http://time-out-chelle.blogspot.com/2010/05/boy-who-couldnt-sleep-and-never-had-to.html”
“Oh my gosh. It was so honest. If you know teenage boys... this is nerdy teenage boys at their best. I'm not sure I've read such a true to life, but simultaneously absolutely impossible story before. I loved it. It made me laugh, made me feel like an awkward teen again, it broke my heart, it made me hope, and it made me cry. ”Jaime R wrote this review Monday, April 12, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It’s an interesting concept – two kid misfits meet up in high school, start coming up with ideas for a sci-fi adventure mass-media concept (books, video games, movies, online game i.e. Warcraft). One kid has some kind of genetic mutation where he’s never slept, and eventually his ‘gift’ leads to the creation of things in his imagination. You can’t expect that one, especially when the initial lead-up makes the reader cringe, thinking that it’s leading into a possible Columbine situation. An interesting twist.
The problem is, the characters just aren’t that likable. It’s a backhanded compliment, but the author writes teenage boys in a very truthful way – as such, they can be both empathetic and irritating, which makes it a bit difficult to get into the book at times.