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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie (Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,887 Ratings  ·  835 Reviews
Freaks and bullies, classes and crushes, this is high school.

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 cam
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 18th 2007 by Speak (first published January 1st 2005)
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Dec 29, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
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Feb 17, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-reads
I love to read YA literature about guys that are written by guys. I find it to be more entertaining, on the whole, than books about guys written by women. This book didn't disappoint in that regard.

The gimmick of chronicling the lessons learned in school was not too over the top so as to get annoying. Also, the author does a good job of making some surprising characters to be really interesting, and the romance resolution wasn't at all what I thought would have expected. It seems like it's going
Sara ♥
June 19, 2011

Super cute! Scott was AWESOME! And I'm just going to say ditto to the stuff I said down there vv because I feel the same way!! :)

December 15, 2008

I'd give it 4.5 if I could.... I'm still working on that.

It was REALLY REALLY CUTE! I REALLY like Scott! He was so cute and nerdy, but in a great way! Just the kind of guy I would have gone for in high school... Of course, it would have been a super-secret crush, and he would never have suspected in a million years. But whatever. The guy w
Suraya (thesuraya)
3.5 Stars

I find this book quite boring at first. its pretty dull in the beginning with nothing hugely interesting happened. But things start to pick up and i was surprised to find myself enjoying it.

i think the best part of this book is Scott himself. Hes a pretty cool and decent guy. And he loves book. He has this cool way of thinking and most of the time i love being in his mind (which I have to admit, is a rare occasion)

Jan 26, 2012 Nshslibrary rated it did not like it
When I saw the cover and title, the only thing I wanted to do was to read the book. Now the only thing I want to do is warn other people not to read the book. David Lubar’s Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie successfully bored me to death with its magnificently dull plot. Firstly, the author’s style is horrendous. The main character, Scott Hudson, is an average kid with nothing special about him. Dedicated solely to depict Scott’s journey throughout freshmen year, this book is terrible. I personally de ...more
সালমান Haque হক
This book is just so under rated. Its a laugh out loud one. There are other books of this type which tries to make us laugh, but by the effort it seems that the author is trying to force the humor into the depressing parts also. But here David truly narrated from a freshman's perspective. Its refreshing to see Scott to struggle with change that comes with maturity,how friends drift apart and how the people who once seemed Impossible to live with move out of town and he just had to deal with it. ...more
Asra Syed
Jun 28, 2015 Asra Syed rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-ya-books
Summer reading 2015
My students in summer school really enjoyed this book and it's helping them get more comfortable with the idea of high school.
Julia Do
Mar 25, 2015 Julia Do rated it it was amazing
Ohmygod. This book was definitely the highlight of my last two weeks. I absolutely, positively LOVED IT TO DEATH. Legit.

First off, I'm going to HAVE to talk about Scott. I swear, He is like the cutest thing ever. Scott is the complete definition of an awkward nerd in the eyes of society. The way he words everything and interprets things about ordinary, everyday life just slaps this permanent smile on my face. Plus, the nice "words of advice" he gives to little Smelly always cracks me up. But the
Jun 07, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing
This book might not have been geared toward me (older teenage female), but I loved it.

Scott is just beginning high school, complete with all its pitfalls, scary upperclassmen, pretty girls, loyal and not-so-loyal friends, homework, weird teachers, and everything else. And on top of all that, his parents are expecting another baby.

David Lubar's narration (through Scott) is witty, wise, and spot-on without being stereotypical. Scott's various problems and discoveries about the beautiful Julia, t
Ahh the insight into the mind of a freshman boy that I didn't want or care about
Laura Willis
Jan 11, 2016 Laura Willis rated it really liked it
Soon after starting high school Scott finds out his mom is pregnant. Throughout his freshman year Scott and his friends go through the ups and downs of high school. They have crushes, join clubs and teams, get in fights, are sleep deprived, and go through tough times like real freshmen. All the while Scott writes journal entries to his future sibling to help him or her through life.
This book has a little bit for everyone. It is a balanced mixture of a rom-com, a family story, and a tiny bit d
Makiya Dees
Oct 01, 2014 Makiya Dees rated it it was amazing
If you really like surprises then sleeping Freshman Never Lie is the book for you. I was satisfied with this book because the main character relates to me because he kept it real, he was very successful,he was in many different programs and activities at his school, and he was very caring for others even though they weren't friends or whether he liked them or not.I gave it five stars because the book was very interesting at the beginning it was kind of boring but just like you don't judge a boo ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Sonia rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I noticed this was re-released recently for some reason and was like, "oh, I have that book! It was written like 10 years ago! Maybe I should read it!" And so I did. This book is pretty unremarkable, very generic high school experience, but kind of an interesting callback to when it was okay to write books like that, without them being gimmicky/high-concept. That said, not a lot happens, and while the POV is funny enough in a dad joke sort of way, I'm not sure why this story needed to be told. A ...more
Arif Zulkifli
Nov 30, 2014 Arif Zulkifli rated it it was amazing
kelakar nokhoroooooommm!!!

serius, aku tak pernah jumpa buku yang buat aku gelak, sengih sorang2. walaupun buku ni membawa tema yang berat (kot?), about freshmen going through his first year in high school, dia jadi ringan dengan humor yang diselitkan. plus, ada banyak new words yang aku belajar daripada buku ni. aku belajar. aku gelak. now that's a plus point.

nasib baiklah endingnya happy dan tak depressing.
btw, cover yang aku beli adalah yang versi kuning, yang buruk nak mam. nasib baik aku ba
Danielle Bartos
Dec 29, 2013 Danielle Bartos rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! It's about a freshman named Scotty and how he deals with the start if his "coming of age." Everyone has been there and let's face it-freshman year sucks! Finding where you fit in academically, socially, with your family; not to mention how horrible it is for your group of friends to change and disappear right before your very eyes. The major themes of friendship, acceptance, tolerance, and kindness have sold me on this book as a recommendation for students. There isn' ...more
Cameron Casey
Mar 24, 2016 Cameron Casey rated it really liked it
Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar in a realistic fiction novel about a kid named Scott and his mother who just announced that she was pregnant. Scott is not your average highschool freshman, he is in all college and AP classes which means he is not able to be with his friends. Instead he is with lots of upperclassmen who like to squash him and push him around. When Scott finds out his mom is pregnant, he decides to make a survival manual for when his brother gets to high school. On the ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Dan added it
Scott hudson begins the next chapter in his life at J.P Zenger high school. First thing he notices is the sheer beauty of Julia Baskins. She had changed a lot over the summer and in Scott's opinion in a very good way. Scott spends every morning with a boy name Louden who's nickname is mouth because he talks way to much. Scott is disappointed when he has no classes with his 3 best friends Mitch, Kyle, and Patrick. Scott doesn't have any classes with his best friends because Scott is taking all le ...more
Sudhanva Murthy
Jan 04, 2015 Sudhanva Murthy rated it it was amazing
"Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie" is about young Scott Hudson trying to survive his first year of high school and also tries to attract the attention of his crush, the number 1 beautiful freshmen, Julia. If dealing with school activities and growing isn't stressful enough,Scott is found out from his mom that she's pregnant. Trying to make all of this manageable, Scott writes down tips for getting through daily life and high school for his unborn brother.
One character I can relate to in the book is
Apr 01, 2009 Maggie rated it liked it
Shelves: quarter-3
Scott starts high school. He gets bullied for lunch money and his getting girls aren't that easy neither. All the girls he ever known became drop dead gorgoeus. Scott tries getting the attention from Julia the prettiest freshman girl that all the boys want. High School has loads of homework seems to get him no sleep at all. His mother tell him that she's pregnant. He begins to write tips to his sibling about high school and how he overcomes obstacles so his new sibling would have to go through m ...more
I liked this story more than I liked the audiobook production.
I found the book charming and refreshing, in that it hearkens back to a time before every literary teenager was angst-ridden and orphaned and/or abused. It's about a normal kid with normal anxieties navigating his first year of high school. I hope "kids these days" (I love that I can say that, now) are as thoughtful, compassionate and able to learn from life experiences as Scott was.
The audiobook, however, is not as engaging. I didn'
Alyssa Archambo
Scott is a high school freshman who has just learned his mother is pregnant. He's also a high school freshman, and he details his life in a sort of how-to-survive-life narrative aimed at his future sibling. Dealing with moving past old friendships, making new friends, and romantic relationships, Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie covers a lot of ground.

I enjoyed this book and think it has something nice to offer teens. It's not anything particularly original, but it's entertaining and interesting. Scot
A charming, witty, lighthearted but intelligent little novel. Despite being eighteen and in my senior year, this year is my first in a public high school as well, so I found Scott's experience oddly relatable in that (small) aspect. Scott's character was thoroughly likable. He's the writer I would have killed to be at his age, he's intelligent, and he actually has quite a lot of integrity and is fairly sweet. I loved all the literary allusions he made (Ender's Game, The Princess Bride, Tuck Ever ...more
Jul 19, 2009 Crystal rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 6-7th Grade
Recommended to Crystal by: Nance
Shelves: required-books
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I put this book in the Book Challenge category "something you normally would never consider reading." By that it means, I pulled it off because the title was interesting, the cover looked a little off my general taste, and I checked it out without reading any synopsis. (I rarely do that!) I was wary of what various things I might encounter that I don't, well, like to encounter. And I had little to worry in that respect.

It was not chick-lit or mindless drivel. It actually had a lot of depth to i
May 03, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Lubar's Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie follows the average teen, Scott, as he gets through his first year of high school. Like it is for all kids, things get bumpy for Scott but he tackles it with his humor and gusto that leaves the reader with an overall enjoyable experience.

I find with a lot of books of this genre that it's hard not to seem generic. School is school and the same problems usually come up (work stress, nerves about the opposite sex, bullying, etc.) so it difficult not to fall into
Apr 07, 2012 Dawn added it
Dawn States

Sleeping Freshman Never Lie is a funny and true title about coming of age in a crowded high school with preoccupied friends and family. The book is hilarious and smart, with the main character using words like “imputation” and “garrulous” making it a good read for young adults that feel like being smart will label them a “nerd”. It lightheartedly pokes fun at some of the troubles freshman in high school face and provides advice on how to laugh and deal with these problems.
Ker Malkin
Sep 19, 2012 Ker Malkin rated it really liked it
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Mar 13, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth-fiction
This is a teen book, a young teen. Even though I'm not the target audience, or the the target gender, I enjoyed it. Well not at first, but it grew on me; the main character grew on me.

The family unit was solid in this story. I always appreciate that because it isn't always the reality for many. While the MC was a little geeky and was picked on at times, he was also quite charming. He was strong but was still plagued by common insecurities for teens this age. That helped to make him more realist
Sam Kim
Jun 24, 2009 Sam Kim rated it it was amazing
It is a must-read book for you freshmen out there, which is y I read it.

David clearly told a story of an average (well not really) smart freshie that tries to survive in high school.

Friendships are both made and lost...

Problems arise in school and family...

Choices are both made and ignored...

It says it all: bullies, girlfriends, dances, councils and newspapers, drama plays, students committing suicide or in hospital, goths, swearings, awful gym lessons, you name it.

As you read it, you will encou
Mar 11, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a Freshman named Scott, and what he goes through in his quest to get closer to a girl he likes. He is also dealing with the fact that his mom is having a baby, and he will now become the "middle" child. His brother was popular, but he is not. He is smart and his favorite subject is English. He likes to write, and throughout the book makes funny lists of things he observes.

This was SO funny and well written. I enjoyed the fact that the character enjoys to read and also talks
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David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of True Talents, the sequel to Hidden Talents; Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; several short ...more
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