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

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  7,468 Ratings  ·  978 Reviews
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie (Bccb Blue Ribbon Fiction Books (Awards))
Hardcover, 1st edition , 279 pages
Published July 21st 2005 by Dutton Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Dec 29, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
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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
Feb 17, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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)

This one really engaged my son (a read aloud). I thought it was a bit hokey, but hey....I'm not a 14 year old freshman boy (Thank God!!)
Sep 15, 2016 Hadiyah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
To be honest, I was't looking forward to this book... I don't even know why I put it on my to-read list. Even when i got it at the library I felt kind of dull. I didn't start reading it until 11 p.m. that night, but i didn't put it down until I was done O_O I finished passed 6 a.m.! I have NEVER read a book in one night before! I LOVED it. I think it was absolutely brilliant and so worth the sleep deprivation.
You know what I love? I love the feeling you get when you laugh. And i'm not talking ab
Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
This was a very light, fun & quick read and I loved it! I loved Scott's personality and his humor. Loved the writing.

Definitely glad I picked it up so randomly.
Jan 25, 2012 Nshslibrary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2015 Julia Do rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 17, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

That was rather sweet. A bit tidy, but not all YA novels need to be horrifying and wrenching.
The story takes us through the main character's freshman year of high school. He's smart but not incredibly popular, has a crush on a girl he's too afraid to talk to, and is finding that his group of childhood buddies is growing apart (that's OK-most of them are dummies. And that Kyle? What a tool). Mostly, his experiences are the normal growing pains of a person starting high school.
The story
Jun 16, 2015 Sonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Noah Vesey
Mar 01, 2017 Noah Vesey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the month of February I read Sleeping Freshman Never Lie. This book is a realistic fiction novel and is written by David Lubar. In this book the main character named Scott is transitioning from middle School and high School. Scott has to get us3ed to the High School world really quickly or else he will never survive his first year. He sees that many people have changed over the summer and that some new changes will be made throughout his family. Scott must overcome the high school freshman y ...more
Zack Scher
Mar 06, 2017 Zack Scher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar. This realistic fiction book is easily relatable to people with younger siblings and many young adults. It involves bullies, drama, heartbreak, and admiration. This story is excellently crafted and uses different forms of writing to give great detail and humor. Even though this book has a lot of humor, it also mixes in a lot of other emotions too. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book.
One of the great things the author does in this sto
Alyssa Nelson
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
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
Makiya Dees
Sep 29, 2014 Makiya Dees rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sudhanva Murthy
Oct 09, 2014 Sudhanva Murthy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Dana He
Sep 12, 2016 Dana He rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, Scott is about to enter high school. He tries to impress Julia while his friends slowly drift apart, and worst of all, his mother is pregnant. He decides to write a survival manual for his future sibling.
I loved this book, because it was pretty relatable to me. When I started middle school, I started to move away from my old friends into a new friend group, just like what Scott did. Thankfully, this didn't happen to me again in high school. When Scott said, “I
Jul 08, 2009 Crystal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Laura Willis
Jan 10, 2016 Laura Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cameron Casey
Feb 11, 2016 Cameron Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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'
Ker Malkin
Aug 26, 2012 Ker Malkin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 01, 2009 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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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