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The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To by D.C. Pierson
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Dec 07, 11

really liked it

This is a coming-of-age story tartgeting teen and young adult readers. It reviews the universal problems of growing up but explores them in the current cultural context of what that means for those attending suburban schools in the second decade of the 21st century. The narrator, a quiet artistic guy named Darren who is socially awkward, is befriended by another kid also having trouble finding his niche, a guy named Eric whose special gift is revealed in the title. It is fairly impressive for a debut novel; Pierson does a good job of creating a believable voice in the narrator. Think Holden Caulfield for 2010, but with a very dark side that reminds readers of the harsh realities such kids must cope with these days. Tensions rise in a controlled fashion and I'm guessing the ending will satisfy the target audience in ways their elders probably can't fully appreciate.
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