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Terry Trueman
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Cruise Control (Shawn McDaniel)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  716 ratings  ·  104 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
“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
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
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
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
(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.
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This book follows 'Stuck in Neutral'

It's Paul's story. Shawn's brother.

He has anger issues, but who can really blame him. The story is told in his POV and you'll get to read how having a brother like Shawn has taken his toll on him. I can't say I understand it, but who can unless you're in that exact situation in which I am not. But what Paul has to tell you in the author's words makes you listen and want to stand up and say: I hear you. It is clear in this book that Paul really loves his broth
Kim Nemeth
When I met Terry Trueman he was funny, confident, and laid back. A real easy person to be around. An hour later, during a question answer session with middle school students, my impression of him changed. I realized he is a deep person with many layers. Those layers come out in his writing. I came to this realization when someone asked him where he got his idea for "Stuck in Neutral". His answer "My son has cerebral palsy". Wow, that was moving. I didn't know this when I began "Stuck in Neutral" ...more
This book can relate to some people in some way. This book was a very good book and it was touching. It about a boy who struggles through problem he has at home and how he deals with them. He was raised by him mom alone because his dad left them. He has a brother who can't move at all he can't even talk or walk or even move. He tries to help his mom but he also got school and sports.

The Boy gets good grades and is good at sports but he has anger issues. He doesn't like it when they talk bad ab
Travonte Neal
Crusie control the author is Terry Trueman: This is a book about a boy named shawn and he has a handicap brother that he loves but itsnt sure if he should love him because he doesnt know if his brother loves him back. toward the end of the book he relize that even if his brother doesnt love him back he is still going to love him as if he does.

Shawn is popular gifted at all his sports he is a jock. He also gets really angry he as such a quick temper and a tendency to snap out. Paul his handicap
Billy Huynh
If you're a fan of "Stuck in Neutral," this book is a must-read. It offers much more insight to the whole situation of this family and especially to that of the angsty Shawn character that was introduced in, but never thoroughly explained in "Stuck in Neutral". Trueman excels again with his stylistic approach to writing, a simple yet effective way of conjuring up images and emotions from the reader. And if anyone's read "7 Days at the Hot Corner" as well, Trueman writes a nod to that, as Shawn i ...more
Stephanie Sesic
In this sequel to Stuck in Neutral, Paul must deal with his anger over his brother Shawn's severe developmental disability. Paul is popular and a great athlete, but what does that matter when his brother can't even feed himself or talk? Life isn't fair, and Paul is so pissed about his brother's fate, and so guilty over his own good fortune by comparison, that he might just do something stupid enough to ruin his future so that his life won't be so much better than Shawn's.

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