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Sophomores and Other Oxymorons

(Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  643 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Scott Hudson has somehow managed to survive Freshman year. But with a new baby brother in the house and a whole host of adventures awaiting him at school, Sophomore year promises to be anything but boring.

An honest and funny follow-up to the popular Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, award-winning author David Lubar pens a tale that perfectly captures the ridiculous, tumultuous
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Dutton Books for Young Readers (first published July 18th 2015)
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J. Peters
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sleeping Freshman Never Lie was a book that caught me off guard. It was a very plain and obstensibly boring take on a kid's first year in high school, set in a sitcom-esque world where things tended to end a little too cleanly. And yet, despite that, it was one of my favorite young adult books after reading it, and I ended up reading it several times after that. The beauty lied in it's simplicity. It was like a novelized form of an Archie comic - not in the sense of the story it was trying to te ...more
Arif Zulkifli
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's so genius. There are a lot of wordplays in this book, more than the first book. And I learned a lot, I tell you a lot, about English vocabs and their figure of speech. Definitely wil reread this again, and note down all the new things that I've learned.

Maybe for a plot-driven books reader, this book may be a bit flat, but the knowledge is totally worthed.

Give it a try guys!
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read the book SOPHOMORES AND OTHER OXYMORONS. The main character in the book was Scott Hudson. His friends in the book are Lee and Wesley. Scott is characterized by someone that can face anything after his crazy freshmen year in high school. Then, Lee is characterized as the girl that Scott hasn’t asked out on a date yet. In the beginning of the book, Scott is coming off summer break when he spent time with Wesley and Lee. Scott is really pumped to start school, but soon after school starts S ...more
Lexy Nevin
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sophomores and Other Oxymorons

Sophomores and Other Oxymorons was an enjoyable read. It reflected and hit good problems and topics during high school. This book is a follow up of “Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie,” which I honestly have never read but felt I could easily understand and catch up to it by reading this book. The book takes place mainly in a school setting but also the main character’s house, since the book is revolved around school. Scott is the main character who
Mel Raschke
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun read!!
Michael Kott
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jake-zoe
I didn't like it as much as Sleeping Freshmen because of all the wordplay which I found distracting. ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are few authors who truly understand teenagers better than David Lubar. In Sophomores, his first YA novel in quite a few years, he demonstrates that he hasn’t lost any of his considerable talent. This book improves on its already spectacular predecessor in every conceivable way. Lubar deftly weaves a tale of relationships, figures of speech, politics, and hubris in what might just be his best tale ever. He applies his manifold skills as a humorist and an observer of human nature to create ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Ah, the rarely awarded five star prize! I throughly enjoyed this young adult novel. The second in a series by David Lubar, the story chronicles the sophomore year of an highly intelligent word-loving boy. Already well-versed in puns and other such word play, fifteen-year-old Scott Hudson is introduced to more than 47 new literary devices (most of which were revolutionary to me as well) by his seemingly imperturbable Honors English teacher. Between tackling the difficult job of pleasing his teach ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophomores and Other Oxymorons by David Lubar is definitely a read that will make you laugh. This is the second year at Scott Hudson's high school. He comes across a lot of trouble grade-wise, he is spending time helping a freshman get through his first year, and so much more commotion at home, too. What bothers Scott the most is his friendship with Lee. I feel like this book could have had a better eye-grabber in the beginning, but overall, I enjoyed the complexity in vocabulary. I learned how ...more
Ellie Kumer
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was so fantastic, David Lubar really has a way of getting into the mind of a teen and create down to earth characters with real problems. As a sequel to his first book I was thoroughly impressed that it was equally as good of a read as the first and it feels as if readers pick right back up where they left in the life of Scott Hudson.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I loved this follow up. Honestly, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first-too many cringey moments in dialogue and not as many unexpected plot points-but overall still an awesome story I would recommend to young readers and educators alike.

Here's hoping for recounts of Scott's junior year!
Zoe Hynes
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It was very easy to read and a surprisingly good sequel. Definitely made me feel ready for my own sophomore year!! I also really liked the story and I think I've learned some new literary terms! ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't manage to solve a single zenger zingers and was too lazy open a dictionary. ...more
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21st-century
Admittedly, I did not love this book as much as I did the first. In many ways, it was a step forward in terms of writing. Scott has a stronger voice in this one, and the lessons he learned about using the English language and the many rules that come with it were surprisingly educational.

In this book, Scott was still Scott. But, unlike the previous year, Scott acted confident that he would be able to navigate this year without difficulty. Or so he thought. Honestly, it wasn't all that interestin
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sophomores and Other Oxymorons is that the second installment to Sleeping Freshmen never Lie. I idolized the primary one because for me it was relatable. This one, I liked more. I didn’t realize it as pleasant because of the 1st one. David Lubar will a beautiful job with the sport and humor. however I want there was one thing a bit lacking inside this second installment. I still enjoyed all the characters. In fact, I believe I prefer Scott even a lot of inside this book as a because he has learn ...more
Stephanie Carter
I liked this sequel to “Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie.” Scott Hudson continues to face the typical challenges of high school but he confidently knows the mistakes to avoid from his experience as a freshman. However, he has plenty of new experiences that make for a humorous story. He has some tough teachers and struggles between getting on their good side and getting revenge, neither of which seem to be fulfilled as soon as he would wish. His developing relationship with Lee is kind of fun. The “di ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book as a connection to Sleeping Freshman Never Lie. David Lubar doesn't add anyone new to the story which makes it more focus on the the main person, Scott Hudson. Scott Hudson may have lost his best friend, Kyle but can he get him back? Can Scott get back the best friend he has had since Kindergarten? Scott having to face other problems along the way such as his baby brother Sean waking him up at 4:00 in the morning everyday. Or could it be his grades? Could his grades affe ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A follow up book to the one about freshman, readers start the new school year with the hilarious narrative of the main character Hudson and his best girl buddy Lee who have entered into something resembling a relationship. It is in its awkward first phases and continues to develop throughout the pages. Hudson has written for the school newspaper and considers himself a good writer, until he meet his nemesis of an English teacher and things quickly become interesting. Readers also get to witness ...more
Thia Lee
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars...

There is just something about Lubar's writing that makes a rather boring (plotless?) story that I normally wouldn't like at all--- charming and enjoyable. Maybe it's how he writes his characters in such a way that you can't help but like them. Sometimes when there's a series author's will butcher the Mc that you loved in book 1, in book 2. However, Scoot was still just as sweet, geeky, and an all around great kid right to the very end. I'm not quite sure why his journey stops at soph
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I tried to read this slowly in order to savor it before I start my own sophomore year. Last year, I read Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David, so I have been waiting a year to read this. Too bad there are no books for Junior and Senior year, but that's okay; it just that means I will have to create my own story throughout the year. That's the power of this book, for me to want to create my own real-life story based on these words. Only a few more days to start my own.
P.S. I truly enjoyed the add
Eddy Lissu
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you thought Scott Hudson's struggles during Freshmen year were completely gone, you'd be absolutely. A new year and we see one of David Lubar's most memorable characters yet back in action in "Sophomores and other Oxymorons". As Scott is a little older and smarter, we see a whole new set of challenges to overcome and escapades to undergo thrown in his direction by fate ( In this case David Lubar).
This book is such a good piece of work, You will be spending nearly all your downtime reading thr
Mr.Schmidt BSHS
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once again, a book that I was able to read quickly and enjoy thoroughly. The 90's movie continued with a sequel that tied things up incredibly perfectly at the end, but seemed to poke fun at that concept. While probably the reason for the lack of a final star in the review, it was a fun story that spoke to me as an English teacher on one level, simply as a high school teacher on another, and as a former teenager, who wanted a whole lot of things without truly putting in the work, on a third leve ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
As with the first Scott Hudson book, I truly enjoyed the read. I couldn’t justify a 5th star because everything worked out a little too perfectly (although I do appreciate how the story seems to poke fun at that concept); the 90’s teen movie continued. I enjoyed the new characters and English class references that helped the story along. It spoke to me on three levels, as an English teacher, as a high school teacher in general, and as a former teen who wanted it all, but didn’t realize that it r ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Jeez, this won't be much of a review but I liked this A LOT. Scott Hudson is everybody I should be and I am failing to live up to the shadow he casts but he's also failing, and that makes this relatable. I liked how the story went through its beats and you sort of always knew how it would go (somewhat) but it was jsut really good. Also I like how clever this book is with its words. I'm so tempted to slot this into 5 stars but it didn't provide anything EXTRAORDINARY so I'm keeping it in 4. Also ...more
Kai Smith
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Bella Serra
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious and eventful way to prep myself for my own Sophomore year of high school. I love that it's based in Pennsylvania, not that far from where I live, and even has mentions of places I've been and the place I used to live. It gave me some hometown pride, and a little bit of pride to be a Sophomore and admit that I do not, in fact, have all the answers. ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, such a wonderful story written by one of my favorite authors. While this story didn't quite move me as much as book one in the series, I still loved its cleverness and thoroughly entertaining plot. There's so much here to like. I am really hoping for another two books in the series. Please, David Lubar? You can't stop before Scott finishes high school! ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was alright but it really felt repetitive because nothing that interesting happened and it felt like time didn't really pass because most events felt the same. There would also be small things that are supposed to lead to bigger things but it all stayed in the same level so most of it I found boring. ...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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