This was an amazing book. You think you have a handle on what type of book it is, and then it veers off into another direction that you can’t quite believe. Some typical YA elements-friendship, romance, betrayal, nerdiness-are here, but they have a fresh spin simply because of what else happens in the book. And what else is that? Well, I really couldn’t say without giving away the whole plot. The part that I can easily say (and to refresh my memory when, someday, I am reading this looking for things to read) is that the main character, Darren- a bit of a loner who loves to draw and create an elaborate movie-comic empire, becomes friends with a boy named Eric. They are each delighted to have found a friend who totally “gets” him and they quickly become practically inseparable. Eric soon confides his deepest secret, which is the title of the story: he never sleeps. The implications of this and the power of the secret are huge.
This was such a creative novel, and seemed very believable because of Darren’s authentic teenage boy voice. I read it as a pre-pub, but it comes out very soon (Feb 2010), so place your hold now!