summer reading list reviews

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).

How do I even begin to describe my love for D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover? I was honestly surprised that I enjoyed it so much, and even more so when I began relating to the characters, especially our main character, Lady Chatterley. The novel follows an upper-class woman in the 1920’s who is stuck on her paralyzed husband’s giant estate with nothing really to do except listen to him and his friends be pretentious all day. As her husband is paralyzed, she has no real sex life, until he gives her leave to have an affair in order to produce an heir, leading her to seek such with the estate’s new gamekeeper. What I loved most about this book is the message: we cannot hole ourselves inside our own minds; physicality is just as important as intellect. Until we are physically in touch with the world around us and, more importantly, with the people around us, we cannot truly live. Lawrence is a genius (and kind of a feminist!)