Posts tagged David Lubar
A Day in the Life (1)

Hey y'all! I've been debating doing this post for a while and today I decided to go for it. One of the problems with going to school is that I usually end up scheduling most of my posts and not being able to promote them as much as I want, or tweet about bookish news and other things that I find interesting. I've been missing that. I was actually inspired to do this by Reut's Weekly Watchamacallit where she gives a general update about her books and her life. I'd love to hear feedback in the comments below, or you can tweet me about it!The Books:I'm currently in the middle of Rift by Andrea Cremer. I've read about a hundred pages of it so far and I'm really enjoying it. I also have an "Independent Reading Day" in my Semantics & Logic class tomorrow so I get to read for an hour during school!

I just finished Origin by Jessica Khoury. The beautiful writing, strange and bewildering setting (which I loved!), and a plot that had me biting my nails and fighting back tears, I was spellbound by this. A review will be coming soon and it will be extremely positive!


The Life:I started high school last week and I've been really bogged down with social engagements, projects, and of course, homework. I've been meeting a lot of new people that I adore (and a ton that I really want to be friends with!), I started dance class last week, and life is overall pretty good. The Republican National Convention is taking place in Tampa (please, no political comments! I'm sorry, but this is a book blog and I'm fourteen so I really don't enjoy them nor do I think that they're necessary) so it's a little difficult what with traffic and whatnot, but this week has been pretty great! My friend Mary Olive actually sang at the convention because she's an incredible singer! I just got back from pas de deux class at my dance studio and am about to finish up my homework! In other news, I also just really want The Vampire Diaries to come back on TV.The Posts:I recently posted a school paper that I wrote on the blog on the prompt of whether or not I think that Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie could become a classic. While I enjoyed the book, I don't think that it would last (especially with books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower out there!) and wrote a paper stating my reasons why it would not become one. This is not a negative review by any means (I may review it later in a mini-reviews post) but a school paper. Please keep that in mind if you read it.I wrote a mini-reviews post including Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, The White Glove War by Katie Crouch, and Speechless by Hannah Harrington!Last week was Alexandra Adornetto week on my blog! This included my review of Heaven and a giveaway! It was also supposed to include an interview with the lovely Alexandra Adornetto but unfortunately she was not able to respond in time. As soon as she does, I'll post it. She's such an inspiration and I'm so happy that I got to honor her! As a reminder, my giveaway of the entire Halo series ends at 11:59 tomorrow night. It's really easy to enter and I don't have that many entries!The News:I have had several extremely exciting blog developments that I'm so excited to talk to y'all about!First of all, I received an email from Jen Calonita who is going to be participating with a guest post about her closest experience to cotillion life relating to her Belles series.I hit 2000 subscribers (thank you guys! I love you all - I'm so blessed to be supported while I follow my passion!) and have been getting a lot more coverage recently. A ton of people at my new school have been asking me about it and I am so excited!I may be going down to Miami in October for a week for a book blogging event at Books & Books! My aunt works there and she just got married. Her reception was at Books & Books and her cake was in the shape of a book! Anyways, while my mom was down there for the wedding, she was talking to the owner and (he or she, I can't remember) told her about it! I'm so excited, especially since a ton of incredible bloggers live near there!My request for Touching the Surface by the FANTASTIC, FABULOUS, absolutely PHENOMENAL author and person Kimberly Sabatini was approved! I should be getting it in the mail any day now!I have several other things that I'm not sure whether I can tell you about yet but I'll hint. One involves the author of a book releasing this fall from Scholastic and a really unique opportunity. The other involves a really well-known author of a really intense and beautifully written series that I would never have expected to be doing this secret something. And it also involves me doing this secret something with her. I'll announce it as soon as I get more details and it is absolutely positively finalized. But one last hint: it's the second book in the series that is releasing this fall. I'm sorry I can't tell you more but I am so excited! This is probably going to be the highlight of my fall!Other:In the book blogging world, there have been some fantastic posts and opportunities. The two that I'm going to spotlight today are things that I read and mulled over today.The first is Gretchen McNeil's Army of TenAfter hearing that Ten wouldn't be stocked in Barnes & Noble, Gretchen launched her own marketing idea. It's genius, and I love Gretchen (I met her at BEA and she is one of the funniest people I've ever met!) so I am so happy that she took the initiative to do this. There are so many people that I know who are doing this and I'm participating in it myself. Anyways, Publisher's Weekly wrote an article on her Army of Ten on their website today and it completely deserves to be shared. You can enlist in her army here.

The second article "How Not to Act at a Conference" is one that really doesn't relate to me as I can't really go to writing conferences (yet!) but I thought it was fascinating nonetheless. This is a must-read for writers attending conferences and was just slightly shocking to read about. I thought Amy Tintera wrote a great post and I just wanted to share it. While attending a conference, at a panel, an editor was asked if she accepted unsolicited submissions and after hearing a different answer than they wanted to hear, over 3/4 of the panel walked out on her. Anyways, I just thought this was a great article that deserved to be spotlighted!

I love y'all! I hope you have a great week and I'll be back soon to update the blog! I miss talking to y'all on Twitter! :) Have a great rest of the week!Grace

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar Discussion Post

Hey y'all!This is for an English project for my summer reading this year. It doesn't really relate to modern YA and this was more of a discussion essay than anything else but I thought y'all might enjoy it. I had to take a stance on whether or not I thought Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. I enjoyed the book, but I had to pinpoint my reasons for not thinking it might become a classic so I just was really picky. If you read it, I hope you enjoy and it is great to read before going into freshman year, but it just didn't come up to my standards. I liked it, but I don't think I would read it again.

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

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.

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie: Classic?

by Grace S.

I don’t believe that Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie will be a classic, or even read in a hundred years. There are a few qualities that absolutely must be present for a book to become a classic. It has to be well-written, with the type of writing that spans years and manages to describe feelings and thoughts that seem nearly impossible to articulate. The book has to have a theme that can be applied to many people and situations. Lastly, it has to have a character that most people can empathize and relate to throughout the book. If one quality is particularly great in a book, the others have a little more slack. If one section of a book sags, the others have to make up for it. There has to be a balance. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie had potential to be a great book, but none of the qualities quite balanced out well enough for the book to be considered classics materials. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie lacks these qualities that make a book remembered hundreds of years after it has been written.There’s no better feeling than stumbling upon the perfect combinations of words that describe a feeling that seems impossible to capture. In order for a book to become a classic, it needs to be able to capture those emotions, passions, and confusions of everyday life and turn it into real life, something that Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie falls short on doing. The book had a few descriptions that filled this criterion but they came few and far between. In the wake of phenomenal books such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and others that seem to completely understand the chaos of feelings and politics and confusion that is freshmen year, Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie’s reliance on cliché high school experiences and weak writing didn’t make it a standout. The only time that I was really touched by David Lubar’s writing and Scott’s character was when he heard about Mouth’s attempted suicide and came to terms with himself as a person. While Lubar’s play with writing techniques was fun (like describing the thoughts of others in the classroom while talking about omniscient narrators and third person), it doesn’t make for a book to last more than a few years in the eyes of the reader. The truly memorable books are the ones that make you feel something and are not just a struggle to get through reading.The theme of Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie wasn’t anything unique. It was something that was great for incoming freshmen: self-discovery during freshmen year. The problem with this theme was that there are so many other similar books. Scott’s advice was riddled with cliché statements such as “big kids will steal your lunch money” and more. Other classics have been read even though other books with similar themes exist but this is because the writing or the characters is extraordinary. If the characters or writing makes up for a common theme, a book can still become a classic. A common theme can even be made extraordinary if handled in the right way. Even if there’s weak writing or whiny characters, an original and unique theme can make up for those handicaps in a novel. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie doesn’t have characters or writing that make up for the common theme, so it doesn't have much hope of becoming a classic.The character of Scott was pretty relatable, even if he was slightly immature. He didn’t have an extra passion or viewpoint on life that made him different from other similar characters out there. Flawed characters, wicked characters, or sassy characters can be memorable by the way they view people and how they live their life. Quiet characters can be strong and thoughtful, with dreamy prose throughout the book. Either way, a book has to be about the characters. Scott was quirky, with his love for clever writing and his scrawny nature. Unfortunately, his maturity wasn’t quite up to the level of most young adult narrators. He called his soon-to-be younger sibling “Smelly” and called upperclassmen “the big kids”. His description of school dances, classes, and friendships were all ideas that have already been used in other novels. Almost every person going into high school has seen at least one of those scenes regurgitated in a movie or book. Scott as a character was very simple – he was thoughtful, but he didn’t think deeply past the surface of many things other than Mouth’s attempted suicide and a few high school experiences. The only time that Scott was really that endearing of a character was when he found out that Bobby couldn’t read and stood up for himself. In a self-discovery book like this, plot doesn’t even matter that much if there aren’t characters that the reader can relate to and see themselves in his or her shoes. Scott’s voice didn’t differ much from every other young-adult book narrator. He didn’t have that something special to bring to the table. Scott was likable and realistic, but in order for a classic to be a classic, the character has to be able to withstand the test of time and be memorable.If compared to other young adult books that could potentially become classics, Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie wouldn’t make the shortlist. Scott wasn’t memorable enough, and it wasn’t just because he was quiet.Even Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower faded into the background but it was his sad and attentive view on life that made him a standout. Scott’s character development wasn’t well pronounced in the beginning, but towards the end, a lot of subtle storylines were brought to the surface again and contributed to him. It was the little things that made Scott develop and I did see him as a different person than the gawky freshman from the first chapter. The only problem was that it didn’t feel like he was the type of character who would be remembered. Plenty of people change through freshmen year, but there wasn’t anything that made Scott different from them.In order to have the potential to be a classic, Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie would have had to be memorable using strong writing, developed characters, and a unique take on a theme. Unfortunately, the book didn’t meet many standards and doesn’t seem like it would withstand the test of time to be read by readers many years from now. While Scott and his writing did shine at certain moments, each element was weak enough to drag the book down and sink it in the barrage of other young adult stories about incoming freshmen. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie is much too similar to other novels out there and won’t be seen as a standout from the crowd. While there are plenty things that make this book wonderful, I don’t think that it will be read in years to come.