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A sharp and romantic novel about two suburban teens who can’t sleep uncovering the secrets of their neighborhood by night. Think The Summer I Turned Pretty with flashes of Rear Window! When seventeen-year-old competitive diver Ingrid freezes up and sustains a head injury at a routine meet, her orderly life is turned upside down. Now housebound and sedentary on doctor’s orde A sharp and romantic novel about two suburban teens who can’t sleep uncovering the secrets of their neighborhood by night. Think The Summer I Turned Pretty with flashes of Rear Window! When seventeen-year-old competitive diver Ingrid freezes up and sustains a head injury at a routine meet, her orderly life is turned upside down. Now housebound and sedentary on doctor’s orders, Ingrid can’t sleep and is haunted by the question of what triggered her uncharacteristic stage fright. The only thing she remembers about the moment before the dive is seeing Van, her neighbor, former best friend, and forever crush, on the sidelines. Then one sleepless night, she sees Van outside her window...looking right back at her. They tentatively begin “not sleeping” together every night but still living separate lives by day. Ingrid tells herself this is just temporary, but soon, she and Van are up every night together, increasingly intertwined in helping each other put pieces of memory together. As Van works through his own reasons for not being able to sleep, both of them are pulled into a mystery that threatens to turn their quiet neighborhood into a darker place than they realized.


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A sharp and romantic novel about two suburban teens who can’t sleep uncovering the secrets of their neighborhood by night. Think The Summer I Turned Pretty with flashes of Rear Window! When seventeen-year-old competitive diver Ingrid freezes up and sustains a head injury at a routine meet, her orderly life is turned upside down. Now housebound and sedentary on doctor’s orde A sharp and romantic novel about two suburban teens who can’t sleep uncovering the secrets of their neighborhood by night. Think The Summer I Turned Pretty with flashes of Rear Window! When seventeen-year-old competitive diver Ingrid freezes up and sustains a head injury at a routine meet, her orderly life is turned upside down. Now housebound and sedentary on doctor’s orders, Ingrid can’t sleep and is haunted by the question of what triggered her uncharacteristic stage fright. The only thing she remembers about the moment before the dive is seeing Van, her neighbor, former best friend, and forever crush, on the sidelines. Then one sleepless night, she sees Van outside her window...looking right back at her. They tentatively begin “not sleeping” together every night but still living separate lives by day. Ingrid tells herself this is just temporary, but soon, she and Van are up every night together, increasingly intertwined in helping each other put pieces of memory together. As Van works through his own reasons for not being able to sleep, both of them are pulled into a mystery that threatens to turn their quiet neighborhood into a darker place than they realized.

30 review for The Insomniacs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    After suffering a head injury, Ingrid is plagued by insomnia as she tries to unravel what was behind her diving accident. Her sleepless nights lead her back to her once best friend, also unable to sleep after a night of blackouts and holes in his memory. Together they search for answers, while drawing closer to one another and renewing their friendship. The promise of mystery drew me to this story, and yes, there was a mystery going on, but I found myself more intrigued by Ingrid. Here was this After suffering a head injury, Ingrid is plagued by insomnia as she tries to unravel what was behind her diving accident. Her sleepless nights lead her back to her once best friend, also unable to sleep after a night of blackouts and holes in his memory. Together they search for answers, while drawing closer to one another and renewing their friendship. The promise of mystery drew me to this story, and yes, there was a mystery going on, but I found myself more intrigued by Ingrid. Here was this young woman, who was an accomplished diver with an Olympic dream. She was always able to do it all and do it all well. From the outside, you would never guess the weight of the baggage she carried. There were a bunch of reveals about Ingrid's past and present throughout the story, which told the tale of a girl, who was let down by those she hero worshipped and depended upon. This experience, this hole in her memory forced her to confront some of the truths about her life. It was a bit sad to watch her close the door on certain people in her life, but I was happy to see her make a conscience choice to save some of the other relationships which had suffered over the years. One of the relationships she chose to save was with her childhood best friend and neighbor, Van. After her father left, Ingrid put up a wall and broke her connections to the past. She dedicated herself to diving, in an effort to impress her absentee father, but she never stop caring about Van. The nights they spent awake together ranged from awkward and tense to delightful. They resuscitated their relationship and let some new feelings burn, while uncovering those missing pieces to their memory puzzles. This book, for me, was a coming of age tale wrapped in a mystery with a touch of romance. I was all in from the very first page, and I found myself fully invested in the outcome. Ingrid may have set set out to discover what went wrong the day of her ill-fated dive, but she ended up finding herself in the process, and I enjoyed getting to be a part of her journey. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erika Lynn (shelf.inspiration)

    3 Stars REVIEW: Thank you to NetGalley, Flatiron Books, and Marit Weisenberg for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book follows Ingrid who suffered a concussion at one of her diving meets. Ingrid can't remember what happened to cause her to hit her head, only that she met eyes with her neighbor and crush Van right before. Ingrid is also unable to sleep, and one-night see sees Van staring out at her. Both the teens begin to meet up and spend their sleepless night 3 Stars REVIEW: Thank you to NetGalley, Flatiron Books, and Marit Weisenberg for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book follows Ingrid who suffered a concussion at one of her diving meets. Ingrid can't remember what happened to cause her to hit her head, only that she met eyes with her neighbor and crush Van right before. Ingrid is also unable to sleep, and one-night see sees Van staring out at her. Both the teens begin to meet up and spend their sleepless nights together while they try to piece her memory back together. They also get wrapped up in a mystery of one of the houses on their block which holds some dark secrets. Overall, I enjoyed this book. In the beginning, I had a hard time getting into it, connecting to the characters, and I thought it was slow. However, as the story progressed the plot became more interesting and I became more invested. The last third of the book was so good, and I wish that there would have been more little clues or lead up to some of the big reveals that would have made the first section of the book more fast-paced. I did like Ingrid as a character and I thought that her (and the other characters) family situations were inclusive. The author included all sorts of family make-ups and dynamics which are representative of families today, so that was refreshing. I would recommend this book to others who love YA books about teens in high school or books that follow specific friend groups. This story did have a little romance and mystery in it as well, so I think many can find something to enjoy in this story. See more on my Bookstagram: Shelf.Inspiration Instagram SYNOPSIS: Ingrid can’t sleep. She can’t remember, either. A competitive diver, seventeen-year-old Ingrid is haunted by what she saw at the pool at a routine meet, before falling off the high dive and waking up concussed. The only thing she remembers about the moment before her dive is locking eyes with Van—her neighbor, former best friend, and forever crush—kissing his girlfriend on the sidelines. But that can’t be all. Then one sleepless night, she sees Van out her window…looking right back at her. They begin not sleeping together by night, still ignoring each other at school by day. Ingrid tells herself this is just temporary, but soon, she and Van are up every night piecing her memory back together. As Van works through his own reasons for not being able to sleep, they’re both pulled into a mystery that threatens to turn their quiet neighborhood into a darker place than they realized. RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2020

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦

    4 - 4.5 STARS Although I enjoy Young Adult books, I have not read much in this genre for a while. ‘The Insomniacs’ was a beautiful story of trauma, healing and romance, with an added dash of suspense. Overall I found this book to be a very compelling story and Van has my heart forever! Described as the story of “two teens who discover the secrets of their neighborhood after everyone else turns out the lights”, this book is told from the point of view of Ingrid, a competitive diver who has suff 4 - 4.5 STARS Although I enjoy Young Adult books, I have not read much in this genre for a while. ‘The Insomniacs’ was a beautiful story of trauma, healing and romance, with an added dash of suspense. Overall I found this book to be a very compelling story and Van has my heart forever! Described as the story of “two teens who discover the secrets of their neighborhood after everyone else turns out the lights”, this book is told from the point of view of Ingrid, a competitive diver who has suffered a concussion from a dive gone wrong. She is now suffering from insomnia and sees that her neighbor Van is also up all night, too. Van and Ingrid used to be best friends, but Ingrid pulled away from their group after a traumatic event that was witnessed by the whole neighborhood. The humiliation was too much for her to bear, and she and Van began to completely ignore each other. Van is also troubled by something that happened one night recently when he might have been drunk. He is struggling to remember what happened to him, and racked with guilt that he might have harmed his girlfriend Caroline. Because Ingrid cannot not practice with her high school dive team for a month, she feels adrift and unmoored. She begins to notice strange events at night at the abandoned house next door to her. Eventually she and Van reconcile and begin hanging out again, and soon he joins her in staying up all night, watching the house and waiting for clues as to what is going on. Ingrid is secretly in love with Van but since he has a girlfriend she holds her emotions in check and struggles to keep their relationship on a platonic level There is plenty of chemistry between them and soon it becomes very obvious that there is more than meets the eye with his seemingly perfect, popular girlfriend Caroline. I found ‘The Insomniacs’ to be deeply engaging and suspenseful and a wonderful entry in the Y/A field. I did find the plot to be a little busy in some points and felt the story became mired down in too much extraneous detail towards the last part. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this book for its wonderful descriptions of the pressure of competitive sports as well as the beautiful character development. Ingrid is a strong protagonist and an intelligent, brave young woman. Van is a sensitive love interest and very open about his emotions. I found these two characters to be very refreshing and original. So often books set in high school turn out to be unrealistic and cartoonish in their character depictions. The main protagonists here grow emotionally over the course of the story and while neither may have a picture-perfect life, they both learn to deal with their families and the eventual fall-out from the central mystery of the story. Ingrid and Van’s relationships with their families was depicted in a very sweet, yet sometimes harsh way. This book was a complete surprise to me and I could not put it down once I started. And can talk about this gorgeous cover? It is a perfect depiction of what’s inside! If you love enemies-to-lovers and Y/A romance, then you will love this book. While there is an element of suspense to the story, the main plot is focused on Ingrid and Van and their slow-burn relationship. This book deserves all the accolades and I loved the author’s style of writing. ‘The Insomniacs’ should be a must-read for all lovers of the Y/A romance genre.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Thanks to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for the advanced e-galley copy! Publishing: Sep 1 2020 RTC

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn DeRouin

    tws: injury (concussion from diving), underage drinking, underage smoking, underage drug use, pedophelia lol @ me reading a book titled the insomniacs when i can't sleep because of my insomnia. really though this book was so good. i saw the twist coming about 5 seconds before the characters figured it out (okay i was partially wrong, but had the correct idea) and i honestly couldn't believe it but then once i thought about it it all made sense. i loved it. tws: injury (concussion from diving), underage drinking, underage smoking, underage drug use, pedophelia lol @ me reading a book titled the insomniacs when i can't sleep because of my insomnia. really though this book was so good. i saw the twist coming about 5 seconds before the characters figured it out (okay i was partially wrong, but had the correct idea) and i honestly couldn't believe it but then once i thought about it it all made sense. i loved it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    3.5 stars read on my blog rep: biracial (Japanese, white) love interest, Indian-American side character cw: recreational drug use, alcohol poisoning, mentions of death of a parent, (view spoiler)[predatory relationship between a coach and a student (off-page) (hide spoiler)] **I received an ARC through a trade. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** I liked the idea of hiding the real me. There was a lot of respect to be had when you came off as being invu 3.5 stars read on my blog rep: biracial (Japanese, white) love interest, Indian-American side character cw: recreational drug use, alcohol poisoning, mentions of death of a parent, (view spoiler)[predatory relationship between a coach and a student (off-page) (hide spoiler)] **I received an ARC through a trade. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** I liked the idea of hiding the real me. There was a lot of respect to be had when you came off as being invulnerable. When I saw this book was compared to Emergency Contact, I immediately added it to my TBR list! It also reminded me of Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff with the insomnia plot line. The Insomniacs was a coming of age story with a touch of mystery, set in the hazy in-between atmosphere of waking and dreaming. Competitive diver Ingrid is recovering from a concussion after a serious diving accident. She’s been suffering from insomnia since then and overthinking her crush on her childhood best friend and neighbor, Van. She discovers that he also can’t sleep, so they decide to stay up together, trying to see if something is going on in the abandoned house next door. I really liked Ingrid and being in her head. She narrates with a lot of detail, which I like because I also think like that; she’s also fairly closed off and prefers to be on the sidelines, observing, which again I relate to. After her dad left and with her mom being so busy, she’s used to being independent and solving her own problems. Asking for help is something she’s not used to, which contributes to her insomnia. The prose was really good; you really feel like you’re in that foggy head space between sleep and dreaming. Her lack of sleep definitely resonates throughout the story. It makes her bolder and more willing to be a participant in her life. I also liked the attention to detail in this book. Characterizations were set up very thoroughly and briefly. All of the characters read like real people. I also thought the setting was very well established; the book is fairly centered around Ingrid’s neighborhood, which borders the greenbelt in Austin, Texas. The descriptions of the setting (Austin in particular) really place you there. You learn a lot about her surroundings without it being too heavy-handed; it was more the atmosphere of Austin than actually being there, if that makes sense, but I liked that. The romance was cute! Ingrid and Van used to be childhood best friends but she stopped talking to him and the other boys in her neighborhood after they witnessed her dad leaving her and her mom. However, she’s always had a crush on Van and as a consequence, she’s always been hyper aware of him since then. While I did really enjoy this book, especially the atmosphere, I just found it too much at times. Really, I think that it just had one too many plot lines and didn’t juggle them very well. I think I would have been fine with just Ingrid’s problems with her concussion and figuring out her sudden aversion to diving, as well as the romance, but there were a lot of other parts that felt a bit superfluous. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the book! Overall, The Insomniacs was a solid debut. I enjoyed the atmosphere and really related to the protagonist. The Insomniacs was a coming-of-age story with a touch of mystery; I recommend it if you like estranged childhood friends to lovers! original review: I liked this overall but at times I didn’t, if that makes sense? it also was long for a contemporary and kinda juggled one too many plot lines, I feel like

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Most of Ingrid Roth's life is a mess. Her mother is barely home, always taking extra shifts at the hospital. Their house is rundown and falling apart. Ingrid hasn't spoken to any of her friends in the neighborhood cul de sac in years. And, of course, Ingrid's father is long gone. But Ingrid has always had diving under control. Competitive diving is supposed to be a safe space--her ticket to a college scholarship, the way she'll one day get her father's attention. Diving is the one thing Ingrid al Most of Ingrid Roth's life is a mess. Her mother is barely home, always taking extra shifts at the hospital. Their house is rundown and falling apart. Ingrid hasn't spoken to any of her friends in the neighborhood cul de sac in years. And, of course, Ingrid's father is long gone. But Ingrid has always had diving under control. Competitive diving is supposed to be a safe space--her ticket to a college scholarship, the way she'll one day get her father's attention. Diving is the one thing Ingrid always does right. Until she doesn't. Ingrid doesn't remember the accident. She knows she must have frozen up, lost control. She knows her head hit the board and she's supposed to be resting to recover from the head trauma. The only problem is Ingrid hasn't been able to sleep in days. Haunted by her lack of memory of the accident, as scared to return to the diving board as she is to fall behind in training, Ingrid spends her nights watching the neighborhood and Van--her neighbor, her former best friend, the boy she's had a crush on forever. Then Ingrid finds Van watching her. Van and Ingrid start spending their sleepless nights together as they both try to find a way to rest. Will the promise of answers be the thing that brings Ingrid and Van back together? Or will it drive them apart once and for all? in The Insomniacs (2020) by Marit Weisenberg. Find it on Bookshop. The Insomniacs is a heady blend of the vague menace reminiscent of the Hitchcock classic Rear Window and the summery nostalgia and romance in The Summer I Turned Pretty. Ingrid's narration is choppy and tense as she tries to put together the pieces to explain her accident. While both Ingrid and Van are focused on fixing their insomnia, the lack of sleep soon becomes a stand in for other problems. After years of letting her athleticism and physicality shape her daily life, Ingrid is paralyzed in the face of so much introspection as she has to confront her feelings about diving and, worse, the memories she can't quite summon of the moments leading up to the accident. Van, meanwhile, struggles to understand what secrets his girlfriend and best friends seem to have been keeping from him and what they have to do with the abandoned house on the cul de sac. The Insomniacs is an atmospheric story filled with secrets and suspense. Ingrid and Van drive the story but their neighborhood is as much of a character in this tense story where both characters have to confront some hard truths--including acknowledging when they need to ask for help. Ideal for readers who like their protagonists to have a lot of chemistry and their suspense to have tension thick enough to cut with a knife. Highly recommended. Possible Pairings: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett, The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd, The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen, The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee, Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales, How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford, We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian, Rear Window (1954) *An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg, 336 pgs. Flatiron Books, 2020. $19. Language: R (53 swears, 13 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13 (drug and alcohol use, drug overdose (victim recovers), affair between student and coach (off page)), Violence: PG-13 (diving accident is described). BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS—ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL—HIGH Ingrid is a high school star diver on her way to national acclaim and scholarships when in a moment of distraction, she falters and suffers a major injury. Recovering from The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg, 336 pgs. Flatiron Books, 2020. $19. Language: R (53 swears, 13 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13 (drug and alcohol use, drug overdose (victim recovers), affair between student and coach (off page)), Violence: PG-13 (diving accident is described). BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS—ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL—HIGH Ingrid is a high school star diver on her way to national acclaim and scholarships when in a moment of distraction, she falters and suffers a major injury. Recovering from her injury, Ingrid has turned into an insomniac and begins to watch the abandoned house next door, convinced something is going on. When her neighbor and crush, who is also fighting insomnia, joins her in her nightly vigils, secrets will be discovered and futures will be changed forever. A fast paced read that has all the elements to thrill. Romance, mystery, and secrets to uncover will keep the reader intrigued and allow some of the shortcomings in the plot to be forgiven. The main character has an incredible amount to deal with and is realistically portrayed in her downward spiral as her perfectly organized world begins to crumble. As with most YA novels, the adults are withdrawn or conveniently out of the way allowing for many of the antics of the teens to occur, which otherwise would have been impossible to pull off. Readers will be satisfied with an ending that brings all of the plot threads to a close; however, more could have been said about the benefits and absolute need for many of the characters to seek and receive therapy. Serious situations with long-term consequences, which many readers may themselves have experienced, should be acknowledged to have no easy answers and a healing process that could take more than a few weeks. Reviewer: AEB https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2020...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    I haven't yet read the ARC I received because my 14yo snagged it and won't let go. Since becoming a teenager, my daughter's interest in reading for pleasure has waned and there have been only two books that she has not just chosen over TV and her phone, but that she stays up way past her bedtime to read: Kindred by Octavia Butler and The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg. I can't wait to read it for myself. I haven't yet read the ARC I received because my 14yo snagged it and won't let go. Since becoming a teenager, my daughter's interest in reading for pleasure has waned and there have been only two books that she has not just chosen over TV and her phone, but that she stays up way past her bedtime to read: Kindred by Octavia Butler and The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg. I can't wait to read it for myself.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    I LOVED IT! The main character Ingrid is so richly written; she’s flawed but so relatable. This books weaves multiple storylines seamlessly-ingrid’s injury and her loss of confidence about diving, the element of mystery surrounding her concussion and breakins in the neighborhood, ingrid’s relationship with her best friends and her absentee father. And Van-he is swoon worthy! Go buy this book and commit the next day to reading it because it sucks you in!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Oh hi, I loved this book. A lot. It centers around Ingrid, who has just suffered a concussion during a brutal diving injury. Have you ever seen a diver hit their head on the board? It is horrifying. The blood, the dead silence of the crowd... 0/10, do not recommend. Well, neither does Ingrid. After a very successful career, she's doubting herself and her capabilities. She's never before f You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Oh hi, I loved this book. A lot. It centers around Ingrid, who has just suffered a concussion during a brutal diving injury. Have you ever seen a diver hit their head on the board? It is horrifying. The blood, the dead silence of the crowd... 0/10, do not recommend. Well, neither does Ingrid. After a very successful career, she's doubting herself and her capabilities. She's never before felt that sense of doubt, so it's shaken her. And with her injury, she is forced to step back from diving, which has become her life. One of the side effects of her concussion seems to be insomnia, and while she's awake roaming the halls, Ingrid reconnects with neighbor/former friend/longtime crush Van. Van just so happened to be at the meet where Ingrid was hurt and okay, maybe Ingrid had been a bit rattled when she saw him canoodling her teammate right before her dive. Look, this is why my high school coach would kick any guy immediately off the deck, she'd not even need security, she'd just drag him away herself. By the ear, probably. I digress. Not only are Ingrid and Van rekindling their friendship, but they're on a mission to find out a few things: What is up with the creepy, abandoned house next door; what the deal is with their other (former) mutual friends; why neither one of them can sleep; and a whole other slew of mysteries that creep up along the way. I'll say no more, because spoilers. But the mystery is really fun (and I didn't see where it was headed at all!) but even more wonderful is how Ingrid learns and grows, and takes the time to build (and rebuild) relationships with her family, her friends (current and former), and begins to figure out what she really wants out of life. Bottom Line:  I loved this book so much, and I am so afraid to spoil any of it for you, so you should really just read the thing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    This is an interesting YA with an air of mystery. Ingrid is a champion diver who hits her head, gets a concussion, and now suffers from insomnia. Is it a result of the concussion or is there something else at play--why can't she remember what happened right before the accident? She meets up nightly with Van, her neighbor and longtime crush who she had a falling out with many years ago. He too is experiencing some sleepless nights. As the two grow closer again and start sharing secrets, they star This is an interesting YA with an air of mystery. Ingrid is a champion diver who hits her head, gets a concussion, and now suffers from insomnia. Is it a result of the concussion or is there something else at play--why can't she remember what happened right before the accident? She meets up nightly with Van, her neighbor and longtime crush who she had a falling out with many years ago. He too is experiencing some sleepless nights. As the two grow closer again and start sharing secrets, they start to notice that things around them aren't as they seem. I liked the interplay between the two characters, but I felt like the ultimate payoff and big reveal were not enough. I also didn't like the side storyline (about the house and all of the other "friends") and thought it seemed unrealistic. The other thing I didn't care for were the absent adults. Yes, I get that Ingrid's mom is a nurse and works long shifts, but she should have days off and she didn't seem to know anything about Ingrid, what she was doing, or how her recovery was really going. She should have noticed, it almost seemed like Ingrid was way smarter than her mom. Overall, I did like the story and think it will really appeal to the YA audience. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    1.5 STARS Champion diver Ingrid, suffering from a concussion, can’t sleep. Her neighbor and crush Van, also has insomnia and a girlfriend. THE INSOMNIACS isn’t a bad book, but I didn’t enjoy the reading experience. The blurb had me expecting mystery and intrigue, instead Marit Weisenberg’s novel is a slow moving coming of age story. The word building aspect, though above average never stood out. The characters’ backstories were more interesting than the actual characters. One of my biggest complai 1.5 STARS Champion diver Ingrid, suffering from a concussion, can’t sleep. Her neighbor and crush Van, also has insomnia and a girlfriend. THE INSOMNIACS isn’t a bad book, but I didn’t enjoy the reading experience. The blurb had me expecting mystery and intrigue, instead Marit Weisenberg’s novel is a slow moving coming of age story. The word building aspect, though above average never stood out. The characters’ backstories were more interesting than the actual characters. One of my biggest complaints about the book is that Ingrid’s mom seemed to alienate her from her dad, not sharing info with the absentee dad and not encouraging a relationship. This would have been fine if it had been addressed in the book rather than written as a positive parenting attribute. I seem to be among the few readers who didn’t like the book, so you may enjoy it more than me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    This is an excellent YA book I am going to be telling all of my friends to read asap. Ingrid has insomnia. As does her neighbor Van. Ingrid has insomnia after a bad accident from diving. Van has very strong anxiety. Van also thinks there’s something odd happening in the empty house in their cul de sac. This sleeplessness bonds the two together, and they set of to find out what’s going on in this strange empty house. The mystery was well done, never obvious and keeping the pages turning the whole This is an excellent YA book I am going to be telling all of my friends to read asap. Ingrid has insomnia. As does her neighbor Van. Ingrid has insomnia after a bad accident from diving. Van has very strong anxiety. Van also thinks there’s something odd happening in the empty house in their cul de sac. This sleeplessness bonds the two together, and they set of to find out what’s going on in this strange empty house. The mystery was well done, never obvious and keeping the pages turning the whole time for me. There are no clear answers and reading is the only way to find out what’s really going to happen. So that was fun. Also, I think this book does well to show the dark side of teen life these days along with some of the events happening to women in the current climate of the world. This is more than romance or suspense. This is actually a deep book with a plethora of emotions and topics. This was truly one of the best books I have read in a long time. Thank you NetGalley and Flatiron books for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    What a great read! Full of twists, secrets, and a little romance! #TheInsomniacs #MustReadYA

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    What a great read! Full of twists, secrets, and a little romance! #TheInsomniacs #MustReadYA Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the e-arc copy of this novel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    Ingrid Roth is a born diver. Just like her father. The very same father that walked out on her and her mother years ago and never bothered to looked back. All he left behind was his debt and a massive house that is quickly falling to ruin. That doesn’t matter, because for Ingrid, her real home is on the board. There she can forget how hard her mother works, how training to be the best never left her any time make friends and about the boy who sole her heart at the age of five. All it takes is a Ingrid Roth is a born diver. Just like her father. The very same father that walked out on her and her mother years ago and never bothered to looked back. All he left behind was his debt and a massive house that is quickly falling to ruin. That doesn’t matter, because for Ingrid, her real home is on the board. There she can forget how hard her mother works, how training to be the best never left her any time make friends and about the boy who sole her heart at the age of five. All it takes is a one slight miscalculation to rip it all away. In the light of day, I was embarrassed even thinking about the crazy surge of jealousy I’d felt when I first saw Van at the dive meet, there to support his girlfriend. Still, it shouldn’t have mattered if Van was there. Diving was the one thing I could do, where I was safe and could control everything. I was always able to shut out the outside world. Instead I said, “I don’t know! Maybe it was the blueberry muffin I ate for breakfast. Maybe I slept on one side and my balance was off.” I swallowed down the truth. It was time to put away my ridiculous childhood crush on Van. Van and Ingrid have been neighbors ever she can remember. Not only was he her first real friend, he was also her first heartbreak. Now after terrifying dive accident steals Ingrid’s ability to sleep, she and Van find a strange sort of comfort in their shared affliction. Each night brings them closer to each other and closer to finding out what’s really going on in the empty house next door. But can the fragile love that they forged while the rest of the world was asleep, survive the harsh light of day? Van had taken the place of diving. He wasn’t some dumb distraction like I’d first thought when I’d renounced him as my crush, blaming his presence for my fall. He’d become something even worse in the time since. He’d become my adrenaline thrill. Diving was something I controlled. This was even more dangerous because it involved another person. Marit Weisenberg redefines the Young Adult genre with The Insomniacs! Everything about this story feels more emotional, more significant – just so much more. The tender relationship that develops between the main characters made my heart ache in the very best of ways. It’s Van’s fearless honesty and willingness to lay himself bare that had me falling head over heels for him. While Ingrid possesses the kind of bravery and sheer determination that is usually reserved for someone far older. Simply put, they are both old souls. And the literary world is better place with them in it…

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah (Unqualified Reader)

    I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and Flat Iron books in exchange for an honest review Usually when I have high hopes for a book, they are not all met. That is not the case for The Insomniacs. I knew I wanted to read this after reading the synopsis, and feel so fortunate to have gotten an ARC. This book is a perfect mixture of romance and mystery, and the pages turn themselves. I think the slow burn writing style really complemented both the mystery and the romance, and made the I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and Flat Iron books in exchange for an honest review Usually when I have high hopes for a book, they are not all met. That is not the case for The Insomniacs. I knew I wanted to read this after reading the synopsis, and feel so fortunate to have gotten an ARC. This book is a perfect mixture of romance and mystery, and the pages turn themselves. I think the slow burn writing style really complemented both the mystery and the romance, and made the twists at the end so much more thrilling. Ingrid is our main character, and I admired her a lot. I think it was so nice to see her vulnerability, fears, and stresses, but then also see her strength, perseverance, and resilience. I think she was an amazing lead female. The author obviously did a lot of research on living with a concussion. Her descriptions of symptoms were spot on. The only minor discrepancy is that with Ingrid's mom as a nurse, I doubt she would have been driving, or back to school as quickly as she was. I really appreciated that Ingrid and her mom had a healthy relationship. I think showing positive relationships between parents and children is really beneficial to younger readers. I also really loved the relationship between Ingrid and Van. I think they complemented each other really well. Van is a really great male lead. He complimented the story by being a bit mysterious and quiet. I liked the side characters for the most part, most of them had something to do with the plot of the story. The only side characters that really didn't have a role were Izzie and her friends. However, their lack of development and purpose didn't affect the quality of the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Haley Baker

    I may have picked this book based on the cool cover. Believe it or not that works most of the time! . Insomnia...the story of my life and there’s A LOT I related to on that level in the book. This is the story of a 17-year-old named Ingrid. She’s a junior in high school and a competitive diver with Olympic possibilities. As the book opens she’s had an accident during a dive that has left her with a nasty concussion. She can’t remember the accident and now is unable to sleep. During one of her slee I may have picked this book based on the cool cover. Believe it or not that works most of the time! . Insomnia...the story of my life and there’s A LOT I related to on that level in the book. This is the story of a 17-year-old named Ingrid. She’s a junior in high school and a competitive diver with Olympic possibilities. As the book opens she’s had an accident during a dive that has left her with a nasty concussion. She can’t remember the accident and now is unable to sleep. During one of her sleepless nights she sees something at the abandoned house next door. She is confused from the concussion and from not sleeping. A boy in the neighborhood, Van, didn’t see what Ingrid saw but has his own suspicions about what is going on at the abandoned house. Van is also having trouble sleeping after an incident while partying that he can’t quite recall. The two of them start to hang out during the night. They try to piece together what’s going on in the neighborhood, figure out why they can’t sleep, and out how it all fits together. . The story is tense in some spots but not scary. The middle of the book is mainly them reconnecting after many years of ignoring each other. . The book is good. I really enjoyed it. I was engaged with the characters and storyline throughout. The middle is a tad slow when they are getting to know each other again but not uninteresting.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love a book told by an unreliable narrator, and The Insomniacs does not disappoint. Weisenberg's main character, Ingrid, becomes convinced there's something going on in the vacant house next door; however, she's suffering from a severe concussion, memory loss, and insomnia. It's no small feat to make a reader want to trust and believe a character who doesn't even trust their own memories, but Weisenberg pulls this off extremely well. This novel sets the right tone with an engaging plot and real I love a book told by an unreliable narrator, and The Insomniacs does not disappoint. Weisenberg's main character, Ingrid, becomes convinced there's something going on in the vacant house next door; however, she's suffering from a severe concussion, memory loss, and insomnia. It's no small feat to make a reader want to trust and believe a character who doesn't even trust their own memories, but Weisenberg pulls this off extremely well. This novel sets the right tone with an engaging plot and realistic, well-drawn characters. The plot is smartly developed and carries out at just the right pace to keep the reader engaged and invested. I would not hesitate to recommend this book for young readers who enjoy a bit of mystery mixed with realistic teen angst, everyday family drama, and psychological suspense.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Ingrid is a high school junior with definite plans for her future. She is a competitive diver, destined for a full college scholarship, and maybe even the Olympics. When a dive goes wrong, she winds up with a concussion, no memory of the actual dive, and a terrible case of insomnia. In order to get back to the life she knows, she will have to reconnect with a boy and perhaps rethink what is most important in her life. The story unfolds as Ingrid and her childhood crush, Van, try to work out why t Ingrid is a high school junior with definite plans for her future. She is a competitive diver, destined for a full college scholarship, and maybe even the Olympics. When a dive goes wrong, she winds up with a concussion, no memory of the actual dive, and a terrible case of insomnia. In order to get back to the life she knows, she will have to reconnect with a boy and perhaps rethink what is most important in her life. The story unfolds as Ingrid and her childhood crush, Van, try to work out why they both have insomnia. There is an abandoned house in their neighborhood giving off creepy vibes, though once the mystery was explained, I saw it with different eyes. At first, I loved Ingrid's relationship with her mom, then not so much, but ultimately, I felt I mostly understood it. There were many lovely scenes between Ingrid and Van, though I did wish some of the story was told by him and not solely from Ingrid. A quick read that kept me guessing and hoping things would work out for Ingrid.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Thanks to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for the ARC to read and review. I've been reading a lot of YA lately, which I do often because I teach. However, I can't get over how much I have loved some of the books I've read. This one was no exception. Ingrid is a very talented diver, that has a terrible accident at a meet, which causes her to split her head open and suffer a concussion. She has to stop diving for a month. In the meantime, she suffers from insomnia and other things. She begins seeing t Thanks to Flatiron Books and NetGalley for the ARC to read and review. I've been reading a lot of YA lately, which I do often because I teach. However, I can't get over how much I have loved some of the books I've read. This one was no exception. Ingrid is a very talented diver, that has a terrible accident at a meet, which causes her to split her head open and suffer a concussion. She has to stop diving for a month. In the meantime, she suffers from insomnia and other things. She begins seeing things that leads her to believe she may be imagining it or going crazy. Her childhood best friend that she had lost touch with believes her and is also suffering from insomnia. They spend late nights/ early mornings together trying to solve their mystery. This book has elements of romance, which I don't always appreciate but it worked in this situation. I enjoyed this book a lot. I was sympathetic with the characters and I loved the twists in the story. The ending was uplifting. Anyone that appreciates teenage crushes and drama will like this story. It's an easy read that definitely kept my attention and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tara Goedjen

    A mysterious house next door, a neighborhood crush, and an unshakable insomnia that blurs the lines of reality... basically everything I love in a book! Marit Weisenberg seamlessly weaves all the threads together in one satisfying conclusion, and I (literally) couldn't put The Insomniacs down. It felt so raw and real that I kept thinking about it too, long after reaching the end! A mysterious house next door, a neighborhood crush, and an unshakable insomnia that blurs the lines of reality... basically everything I love in a book! Marit Weisenberg seamlessly weaves all the threads together in one satisfying conclusion, and I (literally) couldn't put The Insomniacs down. It felt so raw and real that I kept thinking about it too, long after reaching the end!

  24. 4 out of 5

    May

    I devoured this immersive, propulsive read in two gulps! I was so drawn into Ingrid and Van's world and the surrounding mystery totally sucked me in and I literally couldn't put it down! Such richly-drawn characters, exquisite prose, a wholly unique setting and incredible plot twists - I can't recommend this novel highly enough! I devoured this immersive, propulsive read in two gulps! I was so drawn into Ingrid and Van's world and the surrounding mystery totally sucked me in and I literally couldn't put it down! Such richly-drawn characters, exquisite prose, a wholly unique setting and incredible plot twists - I can't recommend this novel highly enough!

  25. 5 out of 5

    ninnnng

    I didn't expect to like this much. this was the perfect time for me to read this after reading a heavy subjects. it was light and sweet and everything I was looking for. the romance was really cute. oh the yearning was sooooo good. ahh and it a 'they can't sleep but when they lay down together they made each other sleep well' to me 👁👄👁 I didn't expect to like this much. this was the perfect time for me to read this after reading a heavy subjects. it was light and sweet and everything I was looking for. the romance was really cute. oh the yearning was sooooo good. ahh and it a 'they can't sleep but when they lay down together they made each other sleep well' to me 👁👄👁

  26. 5 out of 5

    Krysta

    Source: ARC from publisher giveaway The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg is a riveting YA mystery that keeps the focus on the developing relationship between its protagonists even as it builds suspense. Ingrid is a competitive diver who cannot remember what she saw that made her hit the board. Van is her next door neighbor and longtime crush. He is having trouble remembering an evening with his friends. Together, they begin to stay up all night, trying to to piece together their missing memories. A Source: ARC from publisher giveaway The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg is a riveting YA mystery that keeps the focus on the developing relationship between its protagonists even as it builds suspense. Ingrid is a competitive diver who cannot remember what she saw that made her hit the board. Van is her next door neighbor and longtime crush. He is having trouble remembering an evening with his friends. Together, they begin to stay up all night, trying to to piece together their missing memories. As time passes, however, their nights together start to mean something more. But Van does not seem to want to bring their relationship into the day. Weisenberg expertly increases the tension in her novel, often moving away from the mystery and towards her characters, but always keeping the suspense in the background. The Insomniacs is not necessarily the type of book I would have picked up on my own. However, since I had a copy, I read it, and I found myself gripped by the narrative. It was only when I was halfway through that I realized that, although the summary makes this book sound like a thriller, with Ingrid and Van seeking clues to their missing memories, it is really more of a story about Ingrid finding herself. She has to let go of her father, who left her; figure out what she wants out of a relationship with Van; and acknowledge to herself that much of her life she has spent chasing her coach’s approval, using him as a surrogate father figure. She has to decide why she is really diving, if she wants to continue, and how she will continue when she is afraid to go back on the board. Still, even though I was focused on Ingrid’s character arc, I still wanted to know what had happened to her on the day of her accident. Ingrid may have seemed to have left it behind, but I could not. I think it is a testimony to Weisenberg’s skill that the mystery does not have to be at the forefront of the story to be compelling. Indeed, having Ingrid lose focus perhaps makes the reader even more interested–it raises the possibility that Ingrid might simply let everything go, leaving the reading hanging forever! Ultimately, The Insomniacs delivers a satisfying conclusion, giving Ingrid important character growth and revealing what happened both to Ingrid and to Van. The book is a gripping read, one that lovers of YA thrillers will enjoy, but one that will also appeal to readers who might not normally pick up this kind of fare.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Hernandez

    Sweet YA novel full of mystery with a dash of romance. Ingrid tries to figure out what happened in her last dive while she watches her neighborhood. She and one of her former best friends try to help each other with their insomnia while also figuring out what's happening in the empty house next door. I enjoyed the novel. I love the touches of Ingrid trying to be self sufficient so her mother doesn't worry, figuring out her issues with her father, and her feelings about her friends. It's relatable. Sweet YA novel full of mystery with a dash of romance. Ingrid tries to figure out what happened in her last dive while she watches her neighborhood. She and one of her former best friends try to help each other with their insomnia while also figuring out what's happening in the empty house next door. I enjoyed the novel. I love the touches of Ingrid trying to be self sufficient so her mother doesn't worry, figuring out her issues with her father, and her feelings about her friends. It's relatable. It reminded me a lot of what I went through as a child of a single parent. I will be recommending it to a few YA novel readers I know. Thank you Flatiron Books and Netgalley for the e-galley copy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissia Aubin-przybyla

    The title of the book grabbed my attention first. I suffered from insomnia myself. Ingrid is suffering from insomnia after a dive went wrong. She can’t remember what led to that. With help from a childhood friend and secret crush who also is suffering from insomnia, together they uncover the truth. I liked how very realistic this story was. From the description of the insomnia itself to the issue that caused her insomnia. And i liked the romance between Van and Ingrid. Thanks to NetGalley for the The title of the book grabbed my attention first. I suffered from insomnia myself. Ingrid is suffering from insomnia after a dive went wrong. She can’t remember what led to that. With help from a childhood friend and secret crush who also is suffering from insomnia, together they uncover the truth. I liked how very realistic this story was. From the description of the insomnia itself to the issue that caused her insomnia. And i liked the romance between Van and Ingrid. Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read this before publication. I will definitely be buying this for my collection.

  29. 4 out of 5

    TL

    I won this via flatiron giveaway on Instagram (link via netgalley for digital copy). All my opinions are my own. ---

  30. 4 out of 5

    capture stories

    Ingrid, a seventeen-year-old aspiring athlete, trained to be a national diver who CANNOT SLEEP and CANNOT REMEMBER due to a diving practice head injury. She went for therapy sessions, and strict doctor’s orders restrained her from any intense activities, which meant taking a break from diving routine. Ingrid had a hard time following through with the new break routine. She was always triggered by unexpected headaches, which sometimes instigated blurry memories, accidents, and atypical jitters wh Ingrid, a seventeen-year-old aspiring athlete, trained to be a national diver who CANNOT SLEEP and CANNOT REMEMBER due to a diving practice head injury. She went for therapy sessions, and strict doctor’s orders restrained her from any intense activities, which meant taking a break from diving routine. Ingrid had a hard time following through with the new break routine. She was always triggered by unexpected headaches, which sometimes instigated blurry memories, accidents, and atypical jitters when in-crowd. Life was a mess now. Van, a neighborly boy, a former best friend, someone she crushes on since junior, is the only memory sustained. It so happened that one night, Ingrid was up sleepless, she saw Van, who lived right opposite her house, looked back at her from his window. They locked eyes. The story of their estranged friendship rekindled when they found out they shared the same problem, insomnia. Van had experiences with insomnia earlier than Ingrid and knew of methods to get by with sleeplessness. They strike some exciting discussions about mental health and sleep issues to help each other put pieces of missing memories together. While pulling off the scenarios of a best friend at night, stranger by the day. Pieces of vague memories slowly come into a picture as they worked through the sleepless nights and later find themselves pulled into a secret that threatens their neighborhood, families, friendship, and the trust of their loved ones. For me, The Insomniacs were about teenagers finding and feeling their ways into the adolescent world. Ms. Weisenberg had splendidly depicted the realistic and the complexity of emotions therein faced by most teenagers. The story speaks in the volume of real issues teenagers face nowadays, where their actions were often incomprehensible and indefinable. Mainly, juvenile hormones have caused them to do things differently at that stage of life, sometimes resulting in regrettable and inexplicable mistakes. Undoing and redoing the mistakes that spun into a dilemma of endless loops and not getting it right can be daunting. The process repeats until they have learned how to navigate complex emotions and come to a coherent conclusion. I have enjoyed reading most parts of the story that wrapped itself with mystery, a little bit of suspense, and a touch of romance. Oh boy, teen puppy love can be so sweet and yet distressing at the same time. The first few chapters caught my attention as the author deftly leaves a bit of the mystery between pages, a bait for the sequel. Ingrid’s journey to discover what went wrong with her accident, her courage to face the truths about her life, and in the end, found herself were inspiring. The deep emotions involving friendship, families, and the complicated feelings on teen issues gravitated after the read, leaving solemnity and profound understanding—a great YA book it is. There’s just one caveat about the matters of consent and power between adult-teens, which I think should be thoroughly discussed and played out. Other than that, I have pretty much enjoyed the book and hope you will too! Huge thanks to Flatiron and Netgalley for the gift copy

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