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Sleeping Angel

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  121 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Eric Matthews survives a near-fatal accident only to find his whole life has changed.

Eric Matthews wakes up in the hospital with no memory of how he wound up there—and soon learns that it’s vital that he remember. Apparently, he was in a car accident, and the body of classmate Sean Brody was found in his car, shot to death. But nothing makes sense to Eric. He and Sean were
Nook, 240 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Bold Strokes Books, Inc (first published March 1st 2011)
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Elisa Rolle
An interesting Young Adult mystery / thriller, not specifically “gay” but with a plot that turns around the important issue of teenagers and bullying, and the drama it could generate. Eric Matthews, the main character is not gay, but he is investigating on the death of another teenager, Sean Brody, who was. That is the reason why this novel is perfect for every teenager, gay or not, and it can even teach something about acceptance and avoiding living with regrets it would impossible to make righ ...more
Aug 02, 2011 Marilyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: probably 9th grade and up
I admit I couldn't get past the chapter where the car accident victim started having visions of bad things happening in the future to people he comes in contact with. Ugh. But you know, the cover will sell it; I put it on the YA display shelf at my library and it was snatched up within minutes.
Jul 14, 2015 Simone rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Mar 25, 2011 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-gay-ya
I'm not good with penning detailed reviews, but I do know when I've read a story worthy enough to recommend to others that I need to offer more than just a star rating. Sleeping Angel by prolific mystery author, Greg Herren, is such a novel. Frankly, I wish I could give this novel six stars!

I can't recall the last time I read a YA novel I enjoyed as much since reading, K.M. Soehnlein's The World of Normal Boys a few years ago. I didn't want Sleeping Angel to end and I forced myself to read the n
Nathan Burgoine
Apr 11, 2011 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the Lambda award-winning author Greg Herren can spin a good mystery - and grab you from the start. Anyone who has read his Chanse or Scotty mysteries can attest to that. That he can do the same thing with a YA novel - a genre that, quite frankly, has even more challenges to do well - speaks to his skill as an author.

What might seem like a topic done before - an amnesia victim potentially holding the vital clues to a murder - gets a fresh breath in "Sl
Steven Santos
This is one of those novels that drew me in right from the get go with its intriguing story of High School teen Eric Matthews waking up in the hospital after a horrific car crash suffering from amnesia. To add to the mystery, the body of his estranged childhood friend Sean is found in the backseat of the car, apparently dead of a gunshot wound, leading many in the community to suspect Eric of murder.

What unfolds is a taut thriller, as Eric races to put the puzzle pieces of his missing memory tog
Jun 05, 2014 Linn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young mystery readers, those with low standards
Shelves: story-driven, glbtq
This book broke my heart. I wanted so badly for it to be something it wasn't. I hoped for a paranormal mystery with a GLBT angle and what I got was a ham-handed amnesiac with self-loathing issues and a gay buddy. The ending was painfully obvious from the second the villain walked into frame and the internal dialog read like a diatribe aimed at bullies everywhere. The only character development happens because of the amnesia and the paranormal aspects are weak and half-forgotten in the process of ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Jimmie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
While I was processing this book at the library, I read the jacket copy, and something caught my attention. Eric wakes up in the hospital after a car accident that has killed his ex-friend in his backseat. Eric has severe amnesia, forgetting not just why his former friend was in his car but everything else about his life. His ex-friend is gay, and the jacket copy seems to imply that Eric has forgotten his own sexuality as well.

So I read the book just to see if that was indeed the case. Because i
Jan 05, 2017 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-harder-2017
This book was great. It was kind of like Memento-lite. A teenage boy wakes up in the hospital with amnesia. People tell him that he was in a car accident and his former friend was found shot to death in the back seat. He decides to solve the mystery of whether he killed his friend or not, and if not, who did. All of the great YA themes and plot devices are there: secret love, bullying, drugs, untrustworthy adults, sibling rivalry, and even the hang-out spot where all the action originates. There ...more
Cindy (eclecticfirefly)
This book wasn't what I thought it would be. I think I loved it more than I would have if it had been what I was expecting.

Eric is involved in a car wreck. He awakes from the coma with no memories. He doesn't recognize anyone and can't remember anything personal. Sean was also in his car, but they hadn't been friends in several years. Sean died and many people in town believe Eric killed him. Why was he in Eric's car? Why weren't they friends any longer? Who actually killed Sean?

All these questi
Feb 15, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eric wakes up in the hospital with no memory of how he got there or who he is or who that strange woman is who is crying. He doesn’t even remember who his mother is. Total amnesia. He doesn’t remember that there was another boy, Sean, in his car who died of gunshot wound before the crash. That is the mystery, who killed Sean and why and what was he doing with Eric?As memories start to return he finds that he doesn’t like the person who he was: a gay bashing bully. He wonders why he was like that ...more
Apr 23, 2011 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults/Murder Mystery Fans
Greg Herren continues to prove that he is a great mystery author in this easy-to-be-swept-away novel. He writes about some very important and emotional issues that are seriously affecting our society today, and manages not preach to you. I would recommend that parents and their young readers read this book.
To me, Eric’s amnesia was more interesting than the psychic ability he gains after the accident that nearly claims his life. Still, it was both creepy and cool at the same time. He is forced
Dillwynia Peter
Apr 29, 2012 Dillwynia Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title & blurp are a little misleading. I was expecting a mystery with a gay twist in it; even the front design leads you towards this thinking. This was not the case, although what is produced is a good book.

However, and most importantly is the chief theme of the book: bullying in the school place.

This, the author covers exceptionally well and I felt it came away with very positive messages. I would recommend this to any teen - gay or otherwise - and have decided to donate my copy to the
Michael Adam Reale
I found this book to be very compelling. Greg Herren is a very talented author. I did not realize that this book was meant for a teen audience, yet, the author managed to write this in such a way that doesn't insult younger audiences. It provided a positive message about stopping teen buying. it was a great mystery that kept this 50 year old man thrilled and devouring each word. Kudos Greg Herren!
Jun 13, 2011 R.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read in a while that has left me feeling so profoundly shaken. Very cleverly done, I think the beginning could have been tighter and just jumped straight to the accident. I love the characterisation, and the subject matter was spot on in today's world. I found it incredibly hard to feel sympathy for the main character, but that is the beauty of this story, it keeps your emotions first one way then the other...

I couldn't put the book down.

Oct 19, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the review of this title I found it intriguing: teen boy/star athlete wakes up in hospital w/amnesia of how he got here, who he is; doesn't recognize his family & friends. Oh, and apparently someone wants him dead.

It had some interesting elements but maybe I am getting too cynical/too old to suspend my "reality-based" thought process ~ The story was an o.k. read but I wouldn't rush to recommend it. I fear that it will languish on my YA shelves ....
Jun 13, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fave-ya-2011
Don't let the cover fool you -- this isn't porn and it's definitely not a cheesy "earth angel" love story. It is, however, a rather great, unique, and fast moving murder mystery that (if not deterred by that hairless chest) will really appeal to older teen guys who like (more or less) realistic lit.
I really enjoyed this well-written YA story. It's the first book I've read by this author and I look forward to reading more. I liked the characters, the plot is interesting and while it wasn't hard to figure out "the mystery" the story kept me engaged throughout.
May 10, 2012 Bradley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I really enjoyed this book. It's a suspense filled gay tinged page turner. The main character wakes up from a car accident with amnesia. He quickly learns that his ex-friend, a friend he know bullies, was found in the backseat dead. I was hooked from the jacket copy.
Damian Serbu
Jun 17, 2011 Damian Serbu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A unique Greg Herren mystery. I loved it. I was supposed to go to sleep at 10:00, then 11:00, then . . . . Well, at that point you have to just stay up and find out what happens. Another home run novel!!
Sydnie Macelroy
The whole ESP arc had me convinced for a short time that this was more than just another teen angst novel. Sadly, I was wrong. Beautifully written, yes, but it takes more than pretty prose to make a good story.
Sally Kenney
A little heavy handed on the gay young adult theme, but captivating enough.
it was cool, mainly interested by the cover but it was good once we found out about some more secret details about eric & his best friend.
Aug 26, 2012 Darby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It had me unable to put it down and only took me about 20 pages to get into it. I love books that are exciting beginning to end an this was one of them.
Feb 13, 2016 HaloLove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
heidi ☆
Feb 03, 2012 heidi ☆ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody who loves a good mystery
This book was really enticing, the summary and cover was what lured me to it.

I finished this book in less than two days, I simply could not put it down.
Mar 07, 2012 Wendopolis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, despite the dumb title.
Dec 05, 2011 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Undoubtedly this is his Herren's best book to date. The mystery of what happened in this story grabs you from the first to the last page and holds you tight.
Jul 06, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good YA book by a great author.
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Greg Herren is a New Orleans-based author and editor. Former editor of Lambda Book Report, he is also a co-founder of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, which takes place in New Orleans every May. He is the author of ten novels, including the Lambda Literary Award winning Murder in the Rue Chartres, called by the New Orleans Times-Picayune “the most honest depiction of life in post-Katrina ...more
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