The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Well, this is a first: blurbage that actually tells the truth! The "normal" part of the book (which is to say, the first two thirds) is spot on regarding the lives of teenage boys, particularly those that are too geeky to be jocks or belong to some other well-defined clique.
Darren's take on what it's like to be in high school, to want be cooler then the social dregs, to find a girl, and to be obsessed with Alien Mythology just feels completely right. The oddity of his friend Eric's inability to sleep gives their relationship just enough of a twist to keep it from being the standard buddy book, and that's without the whole problem of Christine.
What made this a three-star, rather than a four-star was the final third, wherein our two heroes become escapees from The Man, the aliens appear to come to life and Things Happen. It felt rushed, and while the lack or realism was probably intended, it just didn't work as well as the earlier parts of the book.
Free ARC obtained from publisher.
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