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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie (Review)

TitleSleeping Freshmen Never Lie
Author(s)David Lubar
Edition: Paperback, 288 pages
Publication Date: January 18, 2007 (2nd Run)
Source: Bought from B&N

The Summary
Starting high school is never easy. Seniors take your lunch money. Girls you've known forever are suddenly beautiful and unattainable. And you can never get enough sleep. Could there be a worse time for Scott's mother to announce she's pregnant? Scott decides high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual, so he begins to write down tips for his new sibling.

Meanwhile, he's trying his best to capture the attention of Julia, the freshman goddess. In the process, Scott manages to become involved in nearly everything the school has to offer. So while he tries to find his place in the confusing world of high school, win Julia's heart, and keep his sanity, Scott will be recording all the details for his sibling's- and your- enjoyment

My Opinion
I randomly picked this up the other day from Barnes & Noble.  The cover caught my attention, so I checked out the summary.  It sounded super cute, and I was in the mood for something a little lighter, so I bought it.  Wow, am I glad I did, because it was so good!  Seriously, Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar (who is a hilarious author) is one of my favorite contemporaries this year!  Full of humor, heartbreak, family and friends, you won’t be able to put it down once you’ve started reading!

Scott is your average guy.  He has his small group of friends, a loving family, and does well in school.  He’s caring, smart, and really funny!  But he’s not going through the most average of situations.  His parents are expecting a baby, he’s starting high school, his brother’s dropped out of college, and he has the most hopeless crush on a girl.  Definite problems that while may not be average for him, are definitely things everyone can relate to.

That is the aspect of the book that I really enjoyed.  I can relate to a lot of the things Scott goes through.  The biggest one being the coming baby.  Scott’s new sibling is going to be 14 years younger than he is!  That is such a huge age gap, and puts stress not only on Scott but on his parents.  And I thought 9 years difference was a lot between my brother and I.  Things in life can change so suddenly, especially in high school; Lubar did an amazing job making it all realistic.

The voice is really  what cinched the reality for me.  Lubar is able to craft characters that feel like they stepped out of reality and on to the page.  The subtleties of everyday life--the complete rollercoaster of emotion--everything is there written together in a beautifully stark, simple way.  High school can suck and it can rock, and it can be the most confusing time of your life, but it all comes together to make one hell of an experience.  This is what you get when you read this book.

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar is a great book to kick-off a school year or to linger in nostalgia for years past.  No matter who--new students, old students--can relate to this book!  It is a must read!
CHECK OUT an excerpt from the audiobook

Final Rating
Book Cover: 5/5
Book Title: 5/5
Plot: 9/10
Characters: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Overall: 46/50: A-

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