Author DC Pierson Replies to Panicked Summer Reader
I laughed out-loud at this one- because I’ve been there. I always left my summer reading until the last minute.
Back in the day, students might have headed off to the local bookstore for a copy of the Cliff’s of Monarch notes in an effort to get a quick synopsis and understanding the assigned classic. We were never assigned something as current as Pierson’s work.
Today, when you haven’t read your modern summer reading assignment, you just post your query online and wait for answers. Which is exactly what a student assigned to read DC Pierson’s “The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To” did.
Posting as “♥ Idiot America ~ ϟƘƦІןן∑x ♥,” this panicked summer reader posted this question with an accompanying excuse:
“Can someone completely cover the book ‘The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To’ to me ?
…it’s not because I’m slacking. I only got the list of book a month ago, and it took me a while to get the book because the library I live next to is getting work done, and it was on hold already.
I’ve been busy, as well. And I’m no where near a fast reader. I’ve gotten somewhat through it, but I won’t be able to finish it.
Someone please answer this, I have to get this done.”
Who knows how DC Pierson found the question; he did. And, then offered some choice public advice. These are some excepts but you gotta read Pierson’s full reply.
“Hi! My name’s DC Pierson, I wrote the book “The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep And Never Had you think it’s bad, but just because it seems like work instead of like fun.
I’m not going to sit here and act like I didn’t sometimes not read assigned books for class in high school…
I guess all I’m saying is, of all the books not to read, to beg the Internet to read for you because your library is being remodeled, mine seems like an odd choice. (I recently had to read it aloud for an audiobook edition, and we recorded it in about 10 hours, and I was not reading fast at all. Maybe read it aloud to yourself an hour a night between now and when class starts? Or get together with other kids who have to read it for school and read it to each other? Maybe one of these other kids will be so impressed with your oratory skills you guys will end up making out. That would be pretty cool, right?)
Here, I’ll give you an extra hint you’ll get to put in your paper if you end up writing it: It was all real…
I finished my book. I bet you can, too.”