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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

(Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  8,571 ratings  ·  1,241 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 July 21st 2005)
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Dec 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 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
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)

Mrs. Davi
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Found my first read aloud for the school year! This book had me cracking up and then tearing up. Scott is a smart, funny, and caring freshman who describes his first year in a way that you can't stop reading. I think my 8th graders would thoroughly enjoy the story and there are even a few school related terms that I can incorporate while reading out loud! LOVE this book!
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!!)
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.
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Beth Honeycutt
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liked it! Will share as a book talk this year:)
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 25, 2012 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
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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 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.
super good, kinda long but bueno. and tbh it's also educational but the author kinda sneaks it past you but it makes me feel smart so yay me
Julia Do
Jan 13, 2015 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 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 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
May 10, 2009 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
Stephanie Crowther
I got a kick out of this book. It's about a freshman boy who is discovering how tough high school is while dealing with the fact that his mom is going to have a baby. He decides to write down his experiences and wisdom for his unborn sibling to share the secrets of what to do (and a lot of what NOT to do) in high school. He's smart and so studious that he's hesitant to participate in extracurricular activities. Yet, he finds himself doing crazy things to get a chance at a relationship with Julia ...more
Mrs. Wegener
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic, comedy
I did not know what to expect reading this book and I could not have been more pleasantly surprised! Scott's my new favorite storyteller! His little quarks and wit keep you on your toes while reading. He can say something and if you're not paying close attention, you'll miss the punchline. While there is enough humor to keep you laughing throughout, there are also real issues present. I'm not sure being a freshman in high school is as bad as Scott makes it out to be, but I appreciate his experie ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not know what to expect reading this book and I could not have been more pleasantly surprised! Scott's my new favorite storyteller! His little quarks and wit keep you on your toes while reading. He can say something and if you're not paying close attention, you'll miss the punchline. While there is enough humor to keep you laughing throughout, there are also real issues present. I'm not sure being a freshman in high school is as bad as Scott makes it out to be, but I appreciate his experie ...more
Prudence H
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the penultimate quarter of the school year, I read the realistic fiction novel Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar, published in 2005. In this book the main character, Scott, has just started his freshman year of high school. He's always been Bobby's younger brother, but now his mom is pregnant and he's getting a baby sibling of his own. And he's not too happy about it. Not to mention the stacks of homework, the crushes, and the friendship issues that go along with high school life. ...more
Ryan Reszka
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the book Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, scott learns what it is like meeting new people and experiencing people go through changes that looked insane. For instance one of the unpopular girls went right to the top because puberty hit her and made her attractive. All day he could not stop thinking about her. He grew to like her so much but never have the courage to ask her out. Also with the fear of being bullied by the seniors. He also can’t stand being in his boring english teacher. His grades ...more
Caleb S
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Yeah... In my opinion, this book isn't very good - Basically the story's about high school from the perspective of a sarcastic freshman, very cliche and not too original if you ask me. I don't think it's worth continuing.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
This book was hilarious! I really liked Scott, a reader who proved you didn't have to fit in just one place. I will DEFINITELY read Sophomores and Other Oxymorons. 4.5 stars
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a teenager, this was my favorite book for a while. It’s fun to go back and re-read and remember all the reasons I liked it in the first place.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. It was very funny and a very quick read. I recommend it to anyone who loves realistic fiction.
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tbh, I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. It's a relly fun read and I got some book recommendations from it.
Zack Scher
Mar 06, 2017 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.
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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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