A student who had to read the book The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To for his reading list over the summer found himself faced with a problem many kids have faced. School starts next week and you have not even started the book. What to do? Turn to the internet of course. So, the student goes to Yahoo Answers and asks someone out there to summarize the entire 226 page book for him and that he needs it done quickly because he just does not have the time to read it, and does not particularly want to. Well, the author, D.C. Pierson, no doubt having a Google alert set up for himself, responded to the student and told him what he thought about not reading the book.
"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 to I refer to anything as a "bare bodkin" or anything like that."
Now I want to read the book.