The Boy Who Couldnt Sleep and Never Had To
After overcoming his shock, Darren delights in exploring Eric's anomalous condition through a series of trials involving, among other things, roofies.
When a typical high school fight over a girl leads Darren to tell a stranger about Eric's bizarre secret, Darren is caught up in the kind of fight-for-your-life adventure he so often daydreams about. Combining a coming-of-age tale with science fiction, Pierson performs a nimble, satisfying balancing act, with enough drama of the day-to-day high school variety to keep the more fantastic elements in check.
The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)
The result is a fast-moving narrative with an authentic, heartfelt voice, plenty of laughs and spot-on cultural references, and a raucous climax. His errors pop off the page.
But to be fair, this colloquial prose style has its advantages. When Darren loses his virginity to a drama girl named Christine, it feels perfectly honest.
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Pierson is a complex writer, as is readily apparent on his blog, Ham-Fisted Theatrics. Eric and Christine betray Darren. To retaliate, Darren betrays Eric in the worst possible way.
The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To
This betrayal leads to the third act of the book, and an even more amazing revelation from Eric. I really loved this book.
Despite the slightly paranormal subject matter, it was an incredibly realistic view of high school. Both Darren and I agree that Eric represents potential.
If someone like Eric can exist, then anything is possible.