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Sleeping Handsome

Sleeping Handsome

4.5 106
by Jean Haus
Paige should have never agreed to do her best friend’s semester English project. Community service sucks. Especially when you have a major social life. But it’s that or possible expulsion from school. Reading to a boy in a coma is just plain creepy, but her English teacher somehow thinks her acting skills make it the perfect community service match.


Paige should have never agreed to do her best friend’s semester English project. Community service sucks. Especially when you have a major social life. But it’s that or possible expulsion from school. Reading to a boy in a coma is just plain creepy, but her English teacher somehow thinks her acting skills make it the perfect community service match.

But when she finds the boy’s journal hidden among his books, things turn from creepy to interesting. Very interesting. The boy who looked like death slowly comes alive as she reads his own words to him. Each day Paige is wishing more and more he would wake up.

This is a novelette length story.

And a warning for those sensitive to profanity, this story contains some.

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When Jean Haus isn't writing, she's usually reading. She doesn't have a favorite genre, but she prefers a storyline with at least a bit of romance.

You can visit her at http://www.jeanhaus.com

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Sleeping Handsome 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
slwarren More than 1 year ago
After cheating on a project for her best friend, Paige's community service work is reading to a boy in a coma. His mother thinks the more interaction he has the more likely he'll wake up. Paige's squeamish about reading to him and is resentful about the whole thing until she finds his journal. As she reads his journal and gets to know him, she starts to feel like he's a real person instead of a `body in a bed'. This was a really cute story. The characters were great. I was surprised at how much I liked Zach through just journal entries. It was also interesting watching Paige change through Zach's influence. The end definitely didn't disappoint either.
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
This is an inspiring, innocent, and honest love story. The kind of story that will tug and pull at your heart strings long after the last page. Being such a short story readers will crave more of this wonderfully talented author's style. Paige is a young girl that has traded popularity for something real. Years she has spent bending to her, so called, friend's every whim. Just her luck, the most recent event has proven to cost her more than she was willing to give. To avoid expulsion she has agreed to community service in exchange for her teacher agreeing to look the otherway about her current situation. Only she never anticipated her community service would involve daily readings to a young man only a year older than herself that has been comtatose for the past couple months. His mother is determined to try every means neccessary to bring her son back. After researching studies proving patients with regular interaction had higher recovery rates; she set out to make it happen. This is where Paige finds herself in a very uncomfortable situation of daily visits for the sole purpose of reading to Zach while his mother is at work. What begins as a job soon turns into Paige's favorite passtime. This is a very awkward transition where Paige is very overwhelmed by the machines and the unconcious boy laying in the bed, but as time shifts and her time grows she finds her comfort growing. After reading through several books she comes across Zach's private journal hidden within the bookshelf. After much diliberation she decides to read his journal, and learn more about the boy which she has grown fond of. This was such a truly incredible book, but the fact is nothing really happened in the story. Every single day, Paige reports to Zach's bedroom where he lays on a hospital bed, and machines make sure that his body continuing to work as normal. So, she just talks about her life, or what they are reading in his journal, or what type of person she thinks he was, anything and everything and she just keeps talking. As they journey through Zach's past everything begins shifting for Paige where she used to be so uncomfortable and uneasy; she now finds herself drawn to this boy that she really doesn't know. Paige knows that he probably can not hear anything she says, but interacts with him by commenting and analyzing everything. She even begins discovering their common traits, and making changes in her own life as a result. As this relationship (for lack of a better word) grows she finds herself overlooking Zach's current state and noticing him as a person. It was as if the journal gave him life, and allowed her to meet the person. Then oe day, it all falls apart when Paige is visiting Zach's, and his Mother informs her that the family needs to move forward; and her assist will no long be necessary. As Paige returns to Zach's room for her one last moment with the boy she has come to care so deeply for it is a heart wrenching and earth shattering moment. This was a wonderful and inspiring story about truth and honesty. I loved every minute, and my only complaint is that it is over. Paige and Zach are incredible characters for an equally incredible story. Anyone looking for a deep and thoughtful story should take a chance on this short story. BookWhisperer Recommended Read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story although it was to short for my likeing the autgor did a very goodjob writing this. This is an icredibly cute story and i highly recommend it for everyone. It has a few choice words so i would say as long as you passed 7th grade you should read it. I loved how the story was told through the entrys in Zach diary oops i mean his JURNAL andhow he comes and finds paige at the end. I recommend this book if you have free time.... or no free time you should still read this. sorry my review is a bit run-on. : )
JeanHaus More than 1 year ago
My apologies!!! I’m not sure how the files were switched, but this free edition is Snow, Blood, and Envy not Sleeping Handsome. Distributing through Smashwords takes time, but I’m working on correcting the problem. Thanks for your patience and I apologize again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I just jumped right into the story and it felt like a movie was playing in my head. It was perfect. It was not a page to short or a page to much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay. So this book is super short. But, in it is a cute story that has you on your toes until the end. No loose ends remaining. And fully satisfying. Basically a nice read if you wanna chill and escape life for a few hours. I would recommend this book in good conscience. :)
MelDE More than 1 year ago
Cute short story....I would consider reading more books from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book it was sad and happy and sumtimes funny it was just an awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book it was amazing! :) read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute i loved it. I wish it was longer just to know about the future but it was a nice easy read finding the one while in a coma.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved thr story! Really enjoyed the charactets. It eas lovely to see Paige grow and realize the things dhe did in her life that she didnt like and decided to take a stand andchange them. GREAT little romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in one night and fell inlove with the characters! I plan on reading this agian and agian! Best book ive read in a VERY long time, short quick read but considering its free i recomend entirly i would easly pay for this book it would be in my mind totaly worth it. Lol i feel so happy reading it ^-^ ~Nightmare
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a nice quick read. Loved the character development of both characters....it would make a great movie (not usually what i ever think about a book) i can almost see the characters in day to day life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im so in love with this book its crazy! Check out the sequal too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in an hour. I wish it was longer. A feel good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an absolutely AMAZING story!!! Its been a long time since a young adult short story had me feeling every emotion...including crying when the mom told Paige about taking Zach off life support. You MUST read this!! Kudos to the author! I will DEFINITELY read more of your work and please keep on writing...you have talent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story, it was so sweet and I got a little teary eyed at the end. I think it is a book for teen readers, but I enjoyed it very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admitt that I was quite sceptical before I read this book, but after the first chapter I really liked it and couldn't put it down anymore. It's simply a cute short read that makes you feel good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story...loved the characters. Would love to see another book with Paige and Zach's story develops more. Will keep an eye on this writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. I usually pass on reading short stories but i am glad i read this one. It was awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an ok quick read, but pretty predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, awesome take on sleeping beauty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was soool cute! It made me happy(:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sleeping Handsome is a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a nice twist. He is sleeping instead. Zach is an injured almost 18 year old who is home but silent in a coma. Paige is a high school senior forced to do community service. Her job is to read to Zach, because we know many coma patients can still hear. Bored after reading a classic to Zach, Paige finds his journal secreted away, hidden beneath Frankenstein's book cover. She decides to read his own words to him and get to know this silent teen better. We get to know both Paige and Zach in more depth as his emotions and thoughts are revealed. Also Paige gets to know both Zach and herself better instead of a superficial existence she's been living. Can a kiss from a teen beauty wake this sleeping handsome prince?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago