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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  882 ratings  ·  129 reviews
SOMEONE ELSE WILL DIE SOON she tells herself.

A few days after the first time you
walk in your sleep, you kill someone.
That's how the end begins.

Emma Montgomery has been having gruesome nightmares. Even worse, when she wakes up, she isn't where she was when she fell asleep. And she's not the only one. One by one the students o
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published July 28th 2009)
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⭒Christie ☽✯➳✯☾
Well I don’t know where to start. Do I start by saying I hated all the characters? The authors writing style? The empty shallow ridiculous conclusion? Nah, I’ll just say skip this b.s. book. 👎🏼
Jun 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Isn’t the cover amazing! It caught my eye right away and I couldn’t wait to dive into the story. But, in the end, I was disappointed with many aspects of the book but in love with other parts.

I’ve found that most horror novels I read start off horribly. They’re incredibly boring and I have to force myself to read the book. Sleepless was no exception. Even right now trying to write this review, I can’t remember what the first half of the book was about. I just read it. I did soak up the main deta
Mitchel Broussard
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Brittney Walker

I found Sleepless in the school library after being told that we're doing a project in english involving reading a book. No big deal.

The cover is amazing. Kind of cliche, but it makes you think. So a girl is wearing those eye cover things you use to sleep sometimes, and there's blood streaming out from behind it. E.W.

At 209 pages, this book is a bit shorter than I usually read, but this is for a class, so I didn't want to pick too big a book just in case I didn't like it. Because eithe
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, own
It seems to me that YA horror books are either good (original or using tropes in new ways) or bad (stuffed with clichés like a Thanksgiving turkey). It’s difficult to find books that go beyond the low budget horror films kind of suck. Sleepless was not one of those books. It just wasn’t very good.

The New Orleans backstory where the starting point of all that ensues was not fleshed out enough. I wasn’t comfortable with the fact that it was right after hurricane Katrina and the whole cliché of
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked the book, I wanted to give it five stars, but there was a loose end that I just could not stand.
The loose end waas the whole Jake and Emma situation. I just love it when you get a book, and in the blurb, it doesn't mention anything about romance, and then in the book, there is some smoochy-smoochy or something. So, Jake and Emma both like each other and they hooked up in Jake's room before and yeah. And that's it. They like each other still, and worry about each other but nothing else ha
Kayla Page
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Being a horror fan, I was impelled to pick up this book. The whole concept made me think it was like A Nightmare on Elm Street, but it had a different twist to it. Instead of being killed in your sleep, the dreamers themselves are the killers. When they wake up they have no recollection of what happened, until they're left with a little hint at where they might've been and what they've done.

I liked the book, but I thought there could've been a little more added to it. This book leaves you with
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Someone else will die soon, she tells herself. Someone else will die, and I'll be responsible."

A group of teenagers in high school are in a club. They all have one thing in common. They all went to volunteer in New Orleans. Something happens and it is making some of them sleepwalk.
This story is told through Emma and Jake. Each chapter is told through their point of view. The premise hooked me but I was a little iffy about reading this book because some of the reviews said it wasn't scary. I we
Mar 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, read-in-2010
Gets one star because I stopped reading and skimmed the rest of the book. I feel really disappointed in this book because the premise sounded great and the cover is beautifully haunted, I was hoping for a good horror novel.

I simply couldn't get past the third person present tense voice that jumps from narrator to narrator, and the tell, don't show descriptions. The choppy, disjointed sentences really kept me from getting involved in the book. From page 7:

"Jake Hardale likes old cars. Everything
Cassidy Malley
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Sleepless by Thomas Fahy was a very intriguing novel. I rate this three out of five stars because it was a decent book but not completely in my interest. The book is about a group of teens from Habitat for Humanity. The main characters are Jake, Emma, Caitlin, Duncan, and Lily. The group Habitat for Humanity, that is ran by Reverend Michaels, went on a trip to New Orleans to help rebuild a house that was massively destroyed from Hurricane Katrina for Calliope and Selene Johnson. During their tri ...more
Jameah Hilton
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel was very well written. Nightmares, sleepwalking, and murder all were great attributes to this plot and made it by far, an extremely thrilling ride. Emma and her friends have been having a problem. Ever since their trip to New Orleans following the hurricane, they've been having gruesome, repetitive nightmares that have resulted in sleepwalking. However, this is not your average take on sleepwalking. The students have had violent tendencies during these episodes which have made them fe ...more
India Caldwell
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The book overall was okay to me it could've been better. Reading the back of the book for an overall summary of what the book was going to be really didn't help at all in this case. By the cover the book looks like it instantly has something to do with something horrific along with sleeping, this book didn't really give me a scary vibe at all. The characters were very emotional, the book was kinda all over the place. There was a lot of suspense that kept you waiting but it was hard for me to con ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Short read. The first half is mostly set up, but the last 100 pages fly by. The characters are like able enough, the plot line is mysterious, and it’s overall a decent read that does the job it was set out to do.
Kieli Jo
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
re read a creepy book I loved as a kid! did not disappoint
Brooke Nicole
Pretty good short book for my reluctant YA ass. I really liked the relationship between Emma and Jake, and DRUGS! Bongs, weed, and a Big Box of Weed. Nice touch
Jack Shanks
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Actual: 2.5 stars
Eliza Cragun
Didn’t love it, but didn’t hate it. The story line was what kept me reading because I wanted know how it ends. Kind of confusing in some parts. But overall 3/5 stars.
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, horror
There's a reason that NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, despite all of it's cheesiness, is, at its very core, frightening: because Freddie attacks people in their dreams, in their sleep, when they're at their most vulnerable. SLEEPLESS also tapped into that inherent attack method and it's why I think, even despite my ultimate disconnect with the story, it's still scary. Sleeping is something a person just can't not do. You have to sleep but that's also where you're being attacked and there's nothing you ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own-it
UGH. Halloween week is just not working out for me this year! Sleepless is the second thriller/horror I’ve read for the countdown to the BEST HOLIDAY EVER, and it’s the second one that I’ve disliked greatly. The writing was so stilted, all but one of the characters were flat, and the whole thing was inexplicably boring.

I have no idea how Fahy managed to take a great-sounding concept (though similar to one of my favorite movies, Nightmare on Elm Street) and make it excruciatingly boring. But he d
Ashley Ehlers
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it

Originally posted on Paranormal Sisters http://www.paranormalsisters.blogspot...

Sleepless has the perfect set up for a Halloween read. You've got the blood, the nightmares, the classmates killing each other, the voodoo magic, and a very suspenseful mystery on your hands. Sounds perfect right? Well it is entertaining and can hook any horror fan for sure!

I loved the buildup of the present mystery with the past hurts of the cast of characters we have here. This is told in two point of views, one m
Eliza Baum
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-suspense
2.5 stars rounded up because the actual writing was pretty good. This was a fast read (about 3 hours), and I can't say I was bored or terribly annoyed reading it. It was just a little too difficult for me to buy into the concept and some of the things that the characters did. Maybe if it had been a book twice this length, with a lot more time to make me understand and believe the whys of it all, but meh.

The concept was neat: somehow people are being made to sleepwalk and "dream" terrible things,
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
What attracted me to Sleepless is the fact that it sounded very much like a horror movie. Turns out that it reads like one too which was my favourite aspect of this book. I picked Sleepless up because I wanted to read something creepy and twisted. Being a bit of a masochist, I actually enjoy a good scare. My favourite time to read this book was right before bed, when it was completely dark outside MUAHAHAHA. It was deliciously creepy.

In all seriousness though, Sleepless is a definite page turner
Aug 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
The teenage years are trying times when it comes to sleeping. But what if you can't control your sleeping patterns anymore? What if you're plagued by nightmares and sleepwalking, but remember nothing when you wake up? What if you're doing terrible - murderous - things whilst asleep?

This is the concept that Thomas Fahy has explored and implemented in his chilling YA horror novel Sleepless. It's definitely a welcome addition to the 2009 collection of YA; especially since there aren't that many off
Yvette Russell
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book caught my attention because of its’ cover. I was expecting something thrilling and maybe something with paranormal characteristics in the book.

I was wrong. What I thought was going to be a thrilling read turned about to be not so scary or thrilling at all. The writing style felt like you were reading a screenplay (or something close like it). The plot wasn’t too bad but it could have been better, and none of the characters really stood out for me.

One part I did not understand at all
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Erin by: Book Club
To be perfectly honest, this was not a good book. For awhile I was torn between enjoying it and just wanting it to end. I read it for book club, however, so I couldn't just put the book down and say never mind.
The characters themselves were not overly interesting. It's like the author was trying to take all the different types of high school kids and all the different types of 'good' stories and make them fit into one book. Lets just say it didn't work. You had the drug dealer who smokes pot ev
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Imagine one day waking up to find yourself in a strange place covered in blood with no clue as to how you got there….

What if your classmates start turning up dead and the only clue that links everyone together are strange dreams of committing murder….

Emma and her “secret” society members embark on a journey to discover the mysteries surrounding the deaths of their classmates in small town Sea Cliff.

Sleepless is the first of Fahy’s novels that I’ve read and so with every new author‘s book that I
Katarina Janjuseic
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book describes the problem of six students and a teacher whose intriguing experiences from a past school trip threaten to turn them into murderers. In Sleepless (by Thomas Fahy), Emma Montgomery realizes that her fellow classmates which were there during this trip begin to act abnormally and complain about their sleeping. They all realize that they have been hypnotized, like the young girl whom they saw murder a Reverend Michaels one night during their trip. Soon, they begin to sleepwalk a ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it
This book earned 3/5* from me. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either.

The book is about a group of kids that go to New Orleans with one of their teachers to help with Habitat for Humanity to help to earn some college credits. While there they witness something horrifying and they all agree to keep quiet about it.

Shortly after returning home they slowly start having nightmares. Nightmares that seem too real. In the meantime, students are dying or being right out murdered by other students with
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