Student’s Difficulty Finishing Book Could Be Its Best PR Yet

Author's encouragement to kid goes viral

In one of the more ironic literary moments of recent Internet history, a lazy student's refusal to read a book for school might end up inspiring thousands of others to pick up a copy. Why? Because he was busted by the author himself. A few days ago, a Yahoo Answers user named "♥ Idiot America ~ ϟƘƦІןן∑x ♥" asked for a full explanation of the 2010 book The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To. "School starts on the 22nd for me, and I haven't been able to finish this book," the kid writes. "Can someone give me a complete review, including everything important? I REALLY need this!" He went on to explain that "it's not because I'm slacking." Rather, his local library is being remodeled, and he's "been busy." A day later, the book's author, DC Pierson, posted a 450-word response, giving the kid some tough love but also encouraging him to give the book a shot. "I'm not going to sit here and act like I didn't sometimes not read assigned books for class in high school," Pierson writes. "So I'm sympathetic to your plight. But I think you'll find there's a ton more sex, swearing, and drugs in my book than anything else you have been or will be assigned in high school, and I don't mean in the way your teacher will tell you 'You know, Shakespeare has more sex and violence than an R-rated movie!' " The author's response has quickly become finger-wagging fodder for parents, teachers and everyone else looking for evidence that today's youth is lazy and entitled. It's also giving the book the best PR since its launch. Check out the original question and the author's full response after the jump.

Original question:

     Can someone completely cover the book 'The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To' to me ?

     School starts on the 22nd for me, and I haven't been able to finish this book.

     Can someone give me a complete review, including everything important?

I REALLY need this!

     AND 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.

Author's response:

     Hi! My name's DC Pierson, I wrote the book "The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To." First off, I'm really excited that my book is being suggested for summer reading. On the other hand, I'm bummed out that you don't want to try and finish it, and not even because 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. Even though it's referenced once in my book, the book you're avoiding reading, I've never actually read "The Scarlet Letter." So I'm sympathetic to your plight. But I think you'll find there's a ton more sex, swearing, and drugs in my book than anything else you have been or will be assigned in high school, and I don't mean in the way your teacher will tell you "You know, Shakespeare has more sex and violence than an R-rated movie!" I mean it's all there, in terms you will readily understand without having to Google them. Plus not once do I refer to anything as a "bare bodkin" or anything like that.