Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson

Book description:
"When Darren Bennett meets Eric Lederer, there's an instant connection. They share a love of drawing, the bottom rung on the cruel high school social ladder, and a pathological fear of girls. Soon they're collaborating on a comic book that becomes a series of graphic novels that becomes a movie trilogy before they've actually put pen to paper. Then Eric reveals a secret: He doesn't sleep. Ever. When word leaks out about Eric's condition, he and Darren suddenly find themselves on the run from mysterious forces. Is it the government trying to tap into Eric's mind, or is there something else Eric hasn't told Darren? It could be that not sleeping is only part of what he's capable of, and the truth is both better and worse than they could ever imagine."

This book was an unexpectedly quick and enjoyable read, one that should certainly appeal to its target audience. The story is a little all over the place, but it works nonetheless, and Pierson does a wonderful job capturing the inner voice of a teenager. There is enough foreshadowing in the introduction to hint at how the story will unfold, but the journey is still worth the effort. I was especially impressed by Pierson's willingness to explore the more negative aspects of Darren's behavior, aspects that helped make him a more believeable character. Though I found the sexual content and language realistic, some readers may find it more offensive. All in all, a great debut novel- I hope we see more from DC Pierson in the future.

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