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by Terri Clark

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The swaying Palms Hotel late-night room-service menu

Tuck-Me-In Tuna Salad on Rye

Catch-Some-ZZZs Cheeseburger and Fries

Up-All-Night Chocolate-Chip Cookies with Milk

Bedtime Banana Split

I can't go to sleep!!! And not because of the cute boy lying next to me. There's a killer


The swaying Palms Hotel late-night room-service menu

Tuck-Me-In Tuna Salad on Rye

Catch-Some-ZZZs Cheeseburger and Fries

Up-All-Night Chocolate-Chip Cookies with Milk

Bedtime Banana Split

I can't go to sleep!!! And not because of the cute boy lying next to me. There's a killer stalking me in my dreams. And if it's up to him . . . I'll never wake up. I have to find a way to get him, before he gets me.

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Chapter One

"When are you going to hook up with a hottie?"

I spat out a gulp of Mocha Frappuccino in a movie-worthy spit take and gave my best friend, Coral, a censuring glare. She merely laughed and arched an insistent "answer me" eyebrow.

"Sheesh, Coral," I whined, wiping mocha off my bare legs. "Give a girl some warning before you ax her with a question like that."

She took an exaggerated slurp of iced green tea before saying, "Not a chance, Trinity. You're too smooth at avoidance and misdirection, so I have to catch you off guard. Besides"—she pointed to a spot of melting frap that I'd missed on my bare stomach—"the look on your face was priceless. I only wish I'd caught it on camera."

I rolled my eyes, just imagining her posting my blooper on YouTube. Like people didn't think I was enough of a freak already. Feeling dry, but sticky, I settled back into my lounge chair. We were chillin' out on SoBe in our new bikinis, mine a ruby red with crossbones, hers bubble-gum pink with lime-green polka dots. No doubt we looked luscious, but you couldn't call us your average sun worshippers. Not when we were reclining under an oversized umbrella to protect our skin. Me, because I don't do tan, and Coral, because her fair, freckled skin burns from the slightest rays.

I dug a hole in the sand and tucked my drink into it, then rooted around in my tattoo sling bag for my bottle of Midnight Marauder nail polish. Lavishing my toes with attention I painted them black and avoided Coral's persistent gaze. "What do you expect me to do?"

I asked her. "Pounce on the first guy who walks by?"

Coral gavean inelegant snort, stifling any follow-ups with her hand. I looked up to see what had caused her reaction and shuddered as a fleshy man in a too-tight Speedo strutted by with an impressive amount of confidence—no doubt, a Florida tourist. When we caught sight of his back we both squealed, "Ew!" simultaneously and collapsed onto each other in a fit of giggles. He glowered at us.

"Poor man," Coral whispered, once she regained her composure. "He really should get lasered."

"Imagine the smell of burnt hair," I said and twitched my nose.

"Ack, stop." She puffed out her cheeks like she had to vomit. "Now I'm twice as traumatized."

I grinned and wiggled my nearly dry toes, but just as I let my guard down she swooped in again.

"I'm not letting up on you." She swung her legs over the side of her chair, facing me. Her eyes were alight with her usual energy and exuberance. Admittedly, I loved her contagious enthusiasm, but not when she meant to back me into a corner.

I gave her my typical "here we go again" groan.

She responded by slapping my leg.


"This is our last summer before college," she said, ignoring my yelp. "We're supposed to live it up! Expand our personal boundaries. Be adventurous. Discover who we are."

She outstretched her arms and I held up a warning finger. "If you start singing 'Breaking Free,' there's going to be bloodshed."

Coral smirked. "Apropos—but I was going for 'Unwritten.'"

"A better choice," I conceded. Lord knows I'd take Natasha Bedingfield over High School Musical any day. "But save the solo. I get your point. Summer equals freedom."

"No!" Coral shouted. "It's more than that. Here it is, July seventh, and classes start on August twenty-seventh. It's going fast! This should be a summer of change. Of metamorphosis. Of transmogrification."

"Great, now you're going all Harry Potter on me," I mumbled. "I'm not morphing into a cat."

"That's not what I meant. We"—she waved a finger between the two of us—"can be whoever we want. We're not tied to the labels we were given in high school."

"You mean Goth Girl and Soccer Star?" I shot a glance from my piratical swimsuit to the soccer ball under her chair. "Gee, so much has changed," I sneered.

Coral blew out an exasperated breath. "I don't mean that. Will you listen?"

I folded my arms over my chest and locked my gaze on her. "Undivided attention."

"Thank you," she said. "I'm not talking about the core things that make us . . . well, us. Yes, you're Goth Girl and I'm Soccer Star, but we're more than that."

"Here it comes," I interrupted and then bit my lip when she motioned for me to zip my mouth.

"I'm klutzy and clueless," she admitted.

"You're comical and naïve," I defended.

She pointed to a bevy of bruises on her legs.

"Connect the dots, babe," she told me.

"Fine," I said, "so you're klutzy. It's part of your charm."

She smiled at me, grasping my hand. "I know you love me just the way I am, Trin. You're my best friend. But I would like to be a little more poised and I hate feeling like I'm always missing the punch line." She let go of me and shrugged. "I've always been too sheltered and you"—she gave me a sad smile, not a piteous one, but a compassionate one—"you've seen too much."

I opened my mouth to object, thinking she wasn't nearly as naïve as she believed, but she spoke before I could.

"There's a part of you I don't even know," she said softly.

I lowered my eyes, unable to deny it. Still, after all these years, unable to explain.

"It's okay," she said. "I know enough about you to be sure of one thing. You take too much of the world on your shoulders and you don't allow yourself to be."

Be? It sounded like such a simple word.

"You hold back, Trin. You hide. I don't know why, but you're like a turtle. Your shell protects you and keeps you hidden. When are you going to peek your head out?"

When indeed? I didn't know how to answer, couldn't . . .

Sleepless. Copyright © by Terri Clark. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Terri Clark has the two best jobs in the world. She works as a teen patron specialist in her local library and has realized her dream of publishing teen fiction for the readers she interacts with on a daily basis. Prior to selling her first book, she worked as a movie critic and entertainment writer, among other things. Her biggest brush with fame came when she was asked to stalk a celeb-reality star’s parents for a tabloid magazine. Terri currently lives in Colorado with her husband, two children, and their dog, Domino. sleepless is her first novel. You can visit Terri online at

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Sleepless 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trinity is a very unique girl with the ability to dream walk. Trinity doesn¿t view this as a blessing rather, she sees it as a curse. Because of this so-called ¿skill,¿ Trinity has to deal with a whole mess of everyone¿s deep dark secrets that she¿d rather not know. This has only affected her negatively, causing her to grow up faster than she wants to and be reluctant to make friends, not to mention making her like a freak. But there¿s only one real thing that makes it the most difficult for Trinity to deal with her unwanted dreams: the fact that she knew a girl named Kiri was going to be murdered but couldn¿t save her in time. The fact that she helped catch the murderer Rafe is no consolation for this. But now Trinity has far more important things to worry about, namely the fact that Rafe has escaped from the insane asylum he was wrongly placed in and is coming to kill Trinity ¿ in her dreams. When she sleeps, nothing is sacred or safe, not even her own life. Sleepless is a fast-paced and exciting debut from Terri Clark. There¿s a perfect mix of mysticism, action, and even romance. Trinity was a funny and believable main character. While her school nickname ¿Goth Girl¿ didn¿t seem completely fitting at all times despite the fact that Trinity had a preference for wearing dark colors, the rest of her character was very well-developed. I liked that Trinity could nearly always keep her head about her except when she was a little too close to a particularly hot guy this is one of her qualities that made her so real. Sometimes Trinity¿s relationship with Dan seemed a tad artificial because Dan was such a perfect fit for Trinity, but at the same time, it made the romantic part of this story all the more sweet. Trinity¿s ability to dream walk never seemed fake or superficial, which is something I appreciated. Sleepless has a fantastic combination of suspenseful plot and credible characters to make an incredible story I wholly enjoyed. Readers who liked Lisa McMann¿s novel Wake are sure to enjoy Sleepless. Even if you haven¿t read Wake but still like romance, action, and the supernatural, you should definitely check out this awesome story. I most definitely recommend this fast and fun read, and I hope that there will be a sequel or at least another novel by Terri Clark.
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Trinity has a unique gift: she can dream walk. But she doesn't look at it as a gift, especially since she saw the murder of someone she knew. She views her gift more as an intrusion of privacy. But when she dreams the killer has escaped from the mental institution, she knows that she's in danger. With her mom touring Europe and her BFF at soccer camp, Trinity calls the only person who might be able to help: the son of the man who declared him insane, not a criminal. Together, Trinity and Dan try to track down the killer before he finds her and kills her too. But what they don't realize is that the killer has found the ability to also dream walk. And if he can get to her in person, he'll find her in her dreams. Sleepless is the first novel for Terri Clark. It's both a novel of letting yourself live for the moment and a romantic thriller. I liked it so much that I'm hoping for a sequel. Read this one if you're a mystery fan.
Private_Fanatic More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was so good! It was filled with adventure along with romance. I hope you get the chance to read it.
Lulubuug More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I read it in a matter of hours. It had a semi simple plot but the author does nice job of making everything interesting. The voice of the novel was very humorous and I loved how funny she was. I thought it was a good read. I liked it a ton but not my favorite. Lacking something, just not sure what haha. Overall good read check it out for a fun easy read :)
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BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. perfect if you just want to relax and read. i really wish this was a series but its not :( i started reading it amd i couldn't put it down. you should definently get this book you wont regret ot i promise. i just loved it soooo much :). in the back of the book was an excerpt for killer cruise by jennifer shaw (i thought that was funny because i read a book called killer spirit by jennifer lynn barnes lol hehehe) and i am definently going to read it because its the closest thing im going to get to a sequel (even though its a completely different book). but anyway, long story short: BUY THIS BOOK AND READ IT BECAUSE IT IS TOLTALLY AWESOME, I PROMISE!!!!! p.s. if you liked this book and are looking for other books, the books on my i also recommend section are mystery books that i found similar. dead is the new black and dead is a state of mind are the first two books in the dead is series by marlene perez and the third book is dead is so last year. death by bikini death by latte and death by denim are the three books that make the death by series by linda gerber and i enjoyed those more then the dead is series :). if you are still looking for books to read, check out my b&n for more awesome YA fiction.
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Emma_97_Reader More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I loved reading it! It is written so that a teen could understand it. Lots of text talk and romance.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
SLEEPLESS is not your everyday piece of fluff. Those picking up SLEEPLESS thinking it's a typical teen summer romance will be quite surprised. I know I was! SLEEPLESS may just keep you up all night trying to avoid your dreams!

Okay, I admit it, there is romance in this book, but that's not all that it's about. There's far more action and suspense going on beyond the attraction between Trinity and Dan.

It's the beginning of July and Trinity's best friend, Coral, is about to leave for soccer camp. It's the summer before they start college, and Coral has given Trinity an assignment for the remainder of the summer. Trinity is usually found in black. Coral tasks her with buying a BLUE dress during the summer, a promise to get out more, and to actually go out on a date. Trinity has no idea how she'll accomplish any of these, but she vows to keep her promise.

Coral leaves for camp and Trinity's mother leaves for a long-anticipated art trip to Europe. That leaves Trinity alone. And then the dreams start to come. Trinity has the unwanted media name "Dream Girl" stemming from the fact that others come to her in her dreams. A young girl, Kiri, came to her over a year ago. She asked for help, but in the end, Trinity and the cops were unable to save Kiri before it was too late. Her murderer, Rafe Stevens, was sent to a mental hospital rather than prison. Ever since she was unable to save Kiri, Trinity has tried to avoid her abilities and all reminders of the past.

But now the dreams are back, and she fears that Rafe has escaped from the hospital and is coming for her. Aided by Dan Devlin, the son of the defense lawyer that saved Rafe from prison, the two set off to find Rafe before he can find her. Rafe has developed the ability to enter other peoples' dreams and harm them in their sleep. Dan believes in her and wants to keep her safe. During the brief time they spend together, an immediate bond forms and they risk everything to finally put Rafe where he belongs.

SLEEPLESS calls to mind the Nightmare on Elm Street movie series. The action is just as fast-past and heart-pounding as any adult thriller you will encounter. I hadn't expected to have SLEEPLESS be such a pulse-pounding read, which was a really pleasant surprise. Don't get me wrong, I was looking forward to reading SLEEPLESS, thinking it would be a nice teen romance, but it was so much more than that. Now, I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep easily tonight! I'll have visions of Rafe and the harm he tried to do to Trinity and Dan.

SLEEPLESS is Ms. Clark's first novel, and she's written a real winner. I eagerly await her future endeavors.

Note to reader: There is some violence and sexual situations in this story.
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gabbi angstrom More than 1 year ago
Good book and all, 135 pages, and really kind of freaky/scary. Maybe i get scared easy but i wouldnt reccomend this as a a bedtime story