Review: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie & Sophomores and Other Oxymorons by David Lubar

untitledTitle: Sleep Freshmen Never Lie

Author: David Lubar

Publication Date: January 17, 2007

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 came with a survival manual, so he begins to write down tips for his new sibling. Meanwhile, he’s trying his best to capture the attention of Julia, the freshman goddess. In the process, Scott manages to become involved in nearly everything the school has to offer. So while he tries to find his place in the confusing world of high school, win Julia’s heart, and keep his sanity, Scott will be recording all the details for his sibling’s—and your—enjoyment.

24612119Title: Sophomores and Other Oxymorons

Author: David Lubar

Publication Date: August 18, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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, and sometimes heartbreaking truths about high school.

I received these unsolicited copies from Penguin Teen. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sleeping Freshman Never Lie follows Scott Hudson as he attempts to navigate his freshmen year of high school. On top of just starting school, Scott’s mother just announced that she’s pregnant. He is also dealing with bullies at school, pining after an unattainable girl, taking part in the newspaper and many other clubs, and the collapse of his former group of friends.

This story felt very generic and one that has already been used. Boy falls for an unattainable girl all while handling the stress that is high school. Scott has a good home life, makes good grades, stays out of trouble (most of the time), is in many school clubs, and even lands a spot on student council. His life is not hard. Yet, he is always complaining.

That doesn’t mean that Scott doesn’t develop towards the end of the book. Once he decides to gets over his fear of what everyone is thinking of him, he can finally be himself. He isn’t a horrible person in my opinion after this decision. He decides to be friends with who he wants to be friends with and sticks up for himself.

Sophomores and Other Oxymorons follows Scott during his sophomore year of high school. He is now very good friends with Lee (a girl he was embarrassed to be seen with his freshmen year) and also very good friends with Wesley (one of his former bullies). He is getting used to living with his baby brother and the fact that is older brother is getting very serious with his girlfriend.

I definitely liked Scott more in this book. He was more confident and even took in a small, helpless freshman under his wing. On the other hand, he is much lazier in this book. I didn’t like how he initially treated some of his teachers and classes like they were a joke, but he makes up for that later in the school year.

As for the aspects I did like, I really adored the journal Scott wrote to his unborn baby brother and even continuing to write in after his brother was born. The journal entries were clever and mostly hilarious. There was also some super fun wordplay throughout both books. I enjoyed that development that Scott goes through in each book. Scott was very accepting of his older brother and never judged him. He was also very thoughtful.

I did enjoy these books, but they didn’t stick out to me. These contemporaries were rather generic and I’m sure I’ll forget about them over time. Others have seemed to like these book though, so go ahead and give them a try!

3 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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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 story collections: In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies, The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies, and Attack of the Vampire Weenies; and the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series. Lubar grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, and he has also lived in New Brunswick, Edison and Piscataway, NJ, and Sacramento, CA. Besides writing, he has also worked as a video game programmer and designer. He now lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

You can find him on Goodreads, Twitter, FacebookInstagram, and his website.

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