Life would be so much easier if it came with an instruction manual. Or so laments Scott Hudson in Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar. Scott and his best friends Patrick, Kyle and Mitch are looking forward to High School. But Scott’s world is about to change in more ways than one.
Not only is he in honors and college prep classes when all his friends are in “normal” classes, but he finds himself falling head over heels for Julia – a girl he’s known since kindergarten who seemingly overnight turned into a beautiful high school girl. Only problem is that Julia doesn’t seem to know he’s alive.
And things are changing at home too. Scott’s mom is going to have a baby! The spare room that he and his dad were going to set up with a big slot car track and other “guy toys” has suddenly become a nursery, and his mom is acting weird and having all sorts of strange cravings. The more his parents world seems to revolve around the baby, the more Scott comes to resent it.
Scott has lots of things he’d tell his little brother about high school and about life – if he were around. But since he hasn’t even been born yet, and even though Scott’s still not too happy about his eminent arrival – Scott decides to write it all down so he won’t forget.
“Listen, you microscopic intruder. Guys don’t keep diaries. No Way. At least, not any of the guys I hang out with. So this is NOT a diary. Okay? I hope we’re clear on that… Right now I can sort of cope, because you’re not real. After you’re born, I’ll probably hate you. So it’s good that I’m doing this now. Maybe it’ll make up for all the rotten things I’ll do to you later…"
I really hope Lubar writes a sequel to this. This book had me laughing out loud.