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Terry Trueman
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Cruise Control (Shawn McDaniel)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  769 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
How sick is this: I'm the major jock-stud in high school, but my brother has the brain of a badminton birdie and a body to match. I've got everything and he's got nothing. I'm a three-year, three-sport letterman and Shawn can't even stand up! Like I said, sick, huh?

It's hard to be a brother to someone who doesn't even know you're there. How can you talk to him when he can'
ebook, 160 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2004)
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Kyle Bueschel
Paul is 16 he plays basketball and has dad issues. He has a brother named Shawn He's mentally retarded and Paul does not want people to know Shawn is his brother. Paul leads his team to the state championship and wins, but at the end of the game, he clears things up with his dad.

I think it was ok because I can kind of relate to some things that go on in the book. It's kind of not really what I expected. I thought maybe it would have been more about cars and stuff.

I would recommend this book to
Erika Ramirez
Apr 08, 2016 Erika Ramirez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***Spoiler Aleta***

Have you ever read a book about a brother expressing how he feels about his sick brother If not on this story you will learned how he treats his brother and how he acts around him. The genre of this book is realistic fiction because this story could happen to any family out there . This book is about a boy who is like kindly rerated and his brother is ashamed of him because they are always making fun of him because of his brother , so he tries to do stuff to his sick brother b
Since Paul was my second favorite character from Stuck in Neutral I was very excited for this book. It did not disappoint.

Paul is the pretty much perfect brother of Shawn, the boy from Stuck in Neutral that is incapable of controlling his body muscles. Unlike Shawn, Paul can do anything: he's antithetical, he gets good grades and he's pretty handsome, but he's also full of rage and despair for his family's condition. Their father walked out on them a few years back and now he's the only one lef
Oct 27, 2011 Alexia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of my book is called Cruise Control. The author of my book is Terry Trueman. The date of publication was on November 1, 2005 , but it was first published in 2004. I think that the genre of my book is mystery and non-fiction. The reason that i think it is mystery is because almost in the end of the book Paul's mom confesses to Paul that his father didnt run out on them. She finally confessed that she told him to leave. During the whole book it was just saying how he had ran out on them ...more
Nate Pothour
Jun 02, 2008 Nate Pothour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-appealing
This is going off stuck in neutral. I really have to give my kudos to the author. This was a much better view of Shawn, i really enjoyed seeing Stuck In Neutral, with a different veiwpoint. Also the end did leave all of my questions unanswered, answered. The thing I most loved about this book was how far you got into it. Like when Mrs. Lawton thought I was spacing out and I was actually really into the book and I could picture everything as it was going on in the book.
It was a wonderful book tha
Feb 03, 2016 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ryne Steinacker
My thoughts as I read this book:
-Hm, this is interesting. WAIT, is this a sequel to that book Stuck in Neutral that I read a couple of years ago? What the heck?
-So HUGE SPOILER--> (view spoiler). Oh phew; I'm glad. WAIT. I remember some of these events. This isn't a sequel? It's set during the same time period? Oh dear, now I have all of that suspense/anxiety about the ending again...
-Mm, this is pretty good. I don't really like all of the pr
YJin C
Jan 06, 2015 YJin C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by Terry Trueman as the second book of “Stuck in Neutral,” I finished reading the book,“Cruise Control.” To give a brief overview of the first book, “Stuck in Neutral,” it revolves around the topics of euthanasia and cerebral palsy(a mental disorder), expressed throughout the main character(Shawn) and his family. The story is written in Shawn’s perspective and his inner thoughts of desire to live, which no one knows(since Shawn is in a vegetative state). However, the second book, “Cruise ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cruise Control by Trueman - Paul is the best athlete at his Seattle area high school starting on the football and baseball teams and the star of the basketball team. But don't call him bro. And don't make any jokes about Paul's real bro, Shawn because Paul has an explosive temper and has come very close to doing serious damage to people who are cruel to Shawn. Shawn has cerebral palsy. He can't talk, can't walk, can't communicate in any way. Caring for Shawn is tough on the family, but Paul love ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Insensitive and generic. So many stories have the classic angry teen with daddy issues. Of course in the end everything was resolved but I was disappointed.

The protagonist, Paul, spoke like he was a 12 year old typical douche. *pardon my language* Considering he was graduating early WITH straight A's I was expecting more in his choice of diction. "Bro", constant trash-talking, and a condescending tone was not appealing. Acting as if the general reader had no clue what a neurologist was in the fi
Apr 10, 2016 Kyla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
” Paul's brother is retarded. No, like really retarded well thats what they think. He sits in his wheelchair all day and drools and makes an "ahhhhhhh" sound. Paul loves him, but hates him at the same time. They family is broken up because of his brother Shawn. Dad left. He abandoned the family and left them all on their own. Paul will never forgive that.
But as the story progresses, Paul realizes that even though Shawn may not understand him, or understand love, he will try to love him more as
Cheyanna Sundquist
My name is Paul. I only have one sibling named, Shawn. My life feels like a roller coaster going 200 mph at non stop. Basketball is how I get rid of my problems. When I'm on the court everything goes away even the problems with my dad. As my family sees my 14 year old brother is normal, but everyone else sees him as how he has a disability. My basketball team is pretty good hopefully we can go to the championship and win and then have a medal. Hopefully I can sort everything out with my dad. Thi ...more
Bey Raines
Mar 29, 2014 Bey Raines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up both this book and Stuck in Neutral. I tried to start with Stuck in Neutral since it was written first, but for some reason I had a hard time getting into it. I just finished a couple of really grim books, and a story about a guy with cerebral palsy seemed like more grim stuff, and I just didn't want more of that right now. Cruise Control was an easier read for me, although it's about the brother of the guy with cerebral palsy. Paul isn't a very likeable person throughout most of thi ...more
Sep 26, 2013 Jessie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a great companion to Stuck in Neutral. It does a wonderful job of showing perspective. I also love how you walk away feeling like you have more of an understanding of what it's like to have a sibling like Shawn. I'm sure the frustrations felt by Paul are very real, and I appreciated the honesty portrayed. Can't wait to read the third one!
Apr 30, 2014 S160504 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Cruise Control by Terry Trueman. I chose this book because I had read the previous book Stuck In Neural. Paul is Shawn's older brother who, like everyone else, dose not understand Shawn's condition. Paul also has a short temper and sometimes he can't control it. Paul looks out for Shawn such as caring for him during his seizures or sneaking him a treat once in a while. Paul is very athletic and is trying to get a scholarship for collage. Above all else, most of Paul's hate is directed tow ...more
Clarissa Sanders
Cruise Control is narrated by a high school senior who has a brother with an extreme case of Cerebral Palsy. I enjoyed this book because I too have a younger brother with CP. We are very blessed because he has a mild case, but I still understand Paul's frustration when a younger sibling is suffering and the only thing you can do is love them. Cruise Control is a very well written YA novella that opens its readers eyes to life of a child who has a sibling with a disability because most people don ...more
Tyler Western
I read Cruise Control by Terry Trueman. This is a really good book and the main character is Paul McDaniel and the problem in this book is this guy is trying to live life with a brother who has cerebral palsy. Throughout the book he talks about how he hates his dad because he left when he was younger because of his brother. He plays on a basketball team and he wants to go to college because he thinks he can't because he feels like he has to stay to take care of his family. I would recommend this ...more
Jun 11, 2010 Justin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-420
If I could give this book zero stars I would, but that is not an option. This story would fit into the fiction genre, or if a 'bad fiction' genre was a real genre it would fit in there. Paul McDaniel is an all star basketball player and is the king of his high school in Washington State. He has, however, a mentally handicapped little brother named Shawn, whom he is embarrassed about. His father left the family and so Paul has to help his mom take care of the family. Paul learns to balance sports ...more
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A few years ago, I read Stuck In Neutral, and though I really didn’t enjoy it, the concept was very interesting—life from the point of view of a young man with Cerebral Palsy. It’s a gut wrenching and brutal look into Shawn’s life, and there were a lot of things in the novel that I, personally, didn’t like, like all the talk of sex, which made it very difficult for me to read. I’d say the reading level is that of a 5th or 6th grader,
Jun 13, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read Terry Trueman's "Cruise Control." As a requirement for a class, I had to either read "Stuck in Neutral" or its sequel, "Cruise Control." The only book I could find available was the latter, and I was hesitant about reading it because it was a sequel. I don't like reading the second book if I haven't read the first. However, after reading the first page, I was immediately hooked into this book. As it turns out, this book stands well on its own. There is ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ad-lit
“Cindy interrupts, ‘No, I don’t think so, because if you had, you wouldn’t ask that question. Mercy killing? No, I’ve never thought about killing Shawn; none of us know what his life is really like. But I have thought, lots of times, about him dying…there’s no way I’ll ever believe that the problems a brother like Shawn brings to a family are ‘gifts from God.’ That’s the stupidest thing in the world and the worst kind of denial. Having Shawn as a brother is hard. You even feel guilty for feeling ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another day, another book. That’s about all I can say about “Cruise Control” by Terry Trueman. I read it; it was fine; it won’t go on my Top 50 Favorite Books List. In all honesty, I was disappointed. Trueman’s first book, “Stuck in Neutral” is probably one of my top 10 favorite books; it’s one that gets me each and every time I read it. I was really excited to read “Cruise Control” because it is a companion to “Stuck in Neutral” – it is a story from Shawn’s brother’s point of view. Sadly, this ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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I have a confession to make. I actually wasn't going to start reading CRUISE CONTROL for another week or two. After all, I had just read INSIDE OUT and STUCK IN NEUTRAL in quick succession. I have a lot of other books on my reviewing plate, and I didn't want anyone to think I had a Terry Trueman obsession. But then I decided, "I want to read this book now, I probably do have a Terry Trueman obsession, and no one is going to stop me!" So...that's my story, I'm s
I can say that I was expecting more. This is about a straight A, super-athlete senior in high school who has anger issues because he is fighting many conflicting emotions concerning his "veg" of a brother. As the library catalogue puts it: "A talented basketball player struggles to deal with the helplessness and anger that come with having a brother rendered completely dysfunctional by severe cerebral palsy and a father who deserted the family." Why just use the generic description? Because that ...more
Cathleen Ash
Hi – my name’s Paul (don’t ever call me Pauly) and I’m the studliest jock on campus. It’s my senior year and everything would be right in the world if my dad wasn’t a piece of butt-fluff and my brother wasn’t a vegetable.
I’ve also got a temper. It’s so bad, it makes me sick sometimes. Last summer, these two bullies were picking on my brother Shawn, and I almost burned them alive. Really. I poured gasoline all over them and tried to set the on fire. Only, my little sister, Cindy, stopped me. Hey
Jan 09, 2008 Kewpie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a companion to "Stuck in Neutral", this short novel looks at the life of Shawn's brother, Paul. He does not have the advantage the reader has -- he has no idea that his brother actually is of normal intelligence and knows exactly what is going on. Paul is not as interesting as Shawn, but it is a good read for fans of the first book. It doesn't stand alone well. Paul is a very talented athelete, who has a problem with violence and hatred of his father, who abandoned the family. He wants to lea ...more
Nov 16, 2010 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya
In this companion novel to "Stuck in Neutral", Trueman tells the story of the McDaniel family from the point of view of oldest son Paul. Paul is an all-around star -- top athlete, good student, handsome and popular. But Paul is angry. Angry that his 14 year-old brother Shawn is a "veg" with a "totally whacked-out brain". Angry that his father walked out on the family because he couldn't cope with Shawn. Angry that even after that, his father still seems to be making money and fame from Shawn and ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Jorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Possible Spoilers) It did a good job of showing how Paul feels about life and Shawn and his father, but I feel that it made Paul look like an idiot who just punches things. Other than that, great book, shows the connection and the evolution of the relationship of Paul and Sydney (his father) At first, Paul hates Sydney completely, he thinks he abandoned the family. At the end, Paul loves his father and understands why he left.
Jan 21, 2016 Martina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story about a high school boy who has a difficult family life, especially because his brother is both mentally and physically handicapped. All of the difficulties in his family lead to some anger issues for him. He much learn to overcome his anger in order to realize his true feelings for his family. This is the sequel to "Stuck in Neutral", and both are fantastic books.
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