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Lazy High School Student’s Request For Book Summary Answered By the Book’s Author

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Just a friendly reminder, kids: be careful what you post on the Internet, especially if you’re trying to weasel your way out of doing your homework. You never know who may see it…

A high school student took to the Internet to find someone who would be willing to post a complete summary of an assigned book for her, since she was “too busy” to read the book herself. What she received, however, was a reply from the book’s author himself.

[The student] posted a list of excuses as to why the 240-page novel was just too much for her to finish: She didn’t get her school’s book list until a month ago. She was busy. Her library was being remodeled. The book was on hold already. She’s a slow reader.

The excuses didn’t cut it for D.C. Pierson, the author of the assigned novel “The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To.” He replied to the student’s post on Yahoo! Answers on Sunday but didn’t let her off.

“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,” Pierson wrote.

Bravo to the author for calling this girl out on her laziness. I find it amusing that high school students always complain they never have enough time to finish their homework, but seem to have more than enough time to zone out in front of the TV or hang out with their buddies. Here’s a novel idea: quit the complaints, get off your lazy bum and read the book yourself. And stop relying on other people to bail you out when you’re too lazy to do the work yourself.

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