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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  5,156 ratings  ·  641 reviews
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 came with a survival manual, so he begins to write down tips for...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 18th 2007 by Speak (first published July 21st 2005)
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Dec 29, 2009 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
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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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Danielle Bartos
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
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'...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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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.
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Sam Kim
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...more
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...more
Officially one of my favorite YA books!!! Hilarious, clever writing. I LOLed my way through this one and it was witty, clever humor. So many allusions and references that made me laugh and smile and appreciate literature. I loved the Tom Swifties! Scott was a great protagonist and I loved this story.
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie is a fantastic novel by David Lubar. It revolves around the freshmen year of a young Scott Hudson. Scott suffers through a series of unfortunate events that make it quite a struggle. he attempts to figure out who he is in this new school. He writes to his unborn sibling and discusses his issues with his older brother, the loss of a friend and the pursuit of a girl. Young Scott loves to write and discusses his experiences in his school and in his English class.

For the...more
I like this book. I don't normally enjoy the ones that take me back to high school, partially because I'm glad I'm through it and the stories generally tend toward the sappy. Fortunately, Lubar didn't make everything sticky-sweet or totally nitty-gritty, though the whole thing wraps up in a satisfying way. It didn't hurt that the whole thing had a bit of a literary slant to it. I honestly found myself getting disappointed as I realized there were fewer and fewer pages left to an endearing story....more
Alyssa Peters
Alyssa Peters
What a cute story! I really liked it! Scott is a teenager who finds out that his mother is having a baby. Scott decides to start writing down tips for his soon to be brother (he assumes.) He writes about picking out your own clothes as soon as possible, safe cafetieria foods, lethal hot foods, different types of teachers and so on. Scott also talks about what he is doing in school. He is writing a weekly article for the school newspaper. He also gives a speech and everyone like...more
Well this book gets an automatic 5 for Scott (main character) for being just like me, big book nerd, and smart. Of course this character really exceeds past his nerdiness and gets involved a lot in high school, as a freshmen! It's sad that Scotty loses all his friends, and we barely even know much about them! Two are major jerks and the other can't help be moved to Texas/Japan! Really fun book, though I can assure you guys tht high school is not like what is depicted in here, standard stereotype...more
Melissa Lee-tammeus
My son read this first and then I did. He was forced to read it for his summer reading going into his freshman year. I read it because I was curious about what's out there for kids my son's age. My son described it as "a nothing book about nothing that is too stereotypical to be real." Hmm. Well, I couldn't help but have that in my head the whole time and I have to agree that being a freshman does not always involve seniors shaking you down for your change or following around the girl that you h...more
I can't express how much I love this book!!! It's the best thing I've ever read. Lubar brings a fresh approach to writing and the mind of a freshmen guy. The story is witty, intriguing, and touching with a few english lessons thrown in besides! Honestly, I wish I could have been in Mr. Franka's Honor's English my freshmen year because I learned more in the course of this book in class. Scott's journey gripped me through 288 pages, and I wish Mr. Lubar had written more.
Nicole Prescott
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie is a very good detailed description of the life of a freshman high school. It's a completely new and scary experience that every student has to go through, and Scott wasn't expecting the year to flow the way it did. He managed to get good grades, participate in school activities, make a couple of new friends, and still keep a social life. I think it describes very well what every freshman wants to accomplish.
This story known as "Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie" was a good title, because it seemed as though the author thought of it as he went along, so he was probably asleep. It references Scott's goals to date Julia from the beginning of the book, but he doesn't talk to her until page 254 (out of 279)! When he does, it's because she said something first. By then, it doesn't even matter, because you forget he liked her by then.
But this isn't just a love story, oh no. This is a story of a Freshman you c...more
This is one of my favorite books EVER! I've done several book reports on it, and obviously have read it multiple times. The characters in this book are so quirky and different, and it really shows the journey of a high school freshman, and how his relationships and perspectives change over time.
My son is reading this book in 8th grade ELA. I liked the creativity and the variety of this novel. The way the narrator incorporated what he was learning in Freshman English was novel. I learned what a Tom Swiftie is, although my son's older sisters claim they told me what they were when they read this book. I enjoyed the plot and the surprises in the various interesting characters, both in Scott's family and at school. I felt that at first the narrator divulges too much detail, like in the fir...more
At first I had trouble getting into the story, seeing as it was from a boy's point of view and that he was going into high school versus college. But after the initial transition I really liked the book. His witty, nerdy remarks are fun to silently laugh at while his letters to his future younger sibling is quite adorable in a brotherly-teasing way.
It was nice to see a story that wasn't completely focused on the romantic side of high school as well. It dealt with enough peer pressure, friends,...more
Annie Blue
For a fluffy high school novel, this was surprisingly witty and well thought out. In the few weeks since I've read it, I don't even remember the plot, but I do remember the effortless humor and personality in the narrative voice, the little puzzles the main character gives us to solve, and the hilarious, dynamic characters. This is the sort of book to read when you're in the mood for laughs and shenanigans.
The plot isn't so important anyway, since this is more of a snippet of a high schooler's...more
Jon Cox
Excellent book about growing up and high school. Good perspective on friendship and surviving the social difficulties in school. I would recommend it to anyone.
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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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