DC Pierson’s The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To was seriously a fun read. Pierson juxtaposes high school and science fiction, creating a familiar world that has been infused with just a splash of the extraordinary. Main character Darren befriends outcast Eric and soon finds out he has a secret—Eric doesn’t need to sleep. This revelation takes Darren on both exciting adventures (conducting experiments with drugs, running from highly dangerous government operatives) and average high school experiences (feeling awkward at parties, getting physical with a girl). The bulk of the novel is highly enjoyable, heavy with dry wit and delightfully nerdy dialogue, but the ending feels a little rushed, resulting in the prologue and epilogue feeling strangely forced and out of place. In all, I’m in love with this book and its author. I think this is a book older teenagers and young adults would find enjoyable because it fairly accurately illustrates how a lot of teenagers experience high school (with some sci-fi fun thrown in).