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Preview — Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
Stuck in Neutral (Shawn McDaniel #1)
Shawn McDaniel is an enigma and a miracle except no one knows it, least of all his father. His life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. Not even those who love him best have any idea what he is truly like. In this extraordinary and powerful first novel, the reader learns to look beyond the obvious and finds a character whose spirit is rich beyond imagining a...more
This book, Stuck in Neutral, by Terry Trueman is one of the best books that I have ever read.
It’s about a teenage boy named Shawn McDaniel. He has cerebral palsy; a condition where you can’t move a muscle in your body and can’t communicate with anyone other than yourself. Shawn can only say things through his thoughts in a first person view. Shawn thinks of himself as dead-like, yet intelligent. Shawn’s dad can’t see him sufferin...more
Also, and this is kind of strange, the first few chapters reminded me of Bud, Not Buddy because the narrator in both is a little kid in a terrible situation who's just so darn upbeat about everything. And by "upbeat" I don't mean optimistic, I mean uses a lot of whimsical expression punctuated with ex...more
the book is about a young boy named Shawn who has cerebral palsy. although many people think that he can't do anything or think for himself they are wrong. Shawn is actually a very smar...more
I'm 14 years old.
I think my father is planning to kill me.
In a phenomenally personal story Terry Trueman takes us into the mind of a profoundly, developmentally disabled cerebral palsy sufferer who's also a quirky, insightful, vibrantly alive 14 year old. However this kid is pretty much input only. Who can tell what goes on in the mind of a child who cannot even control his own eye blinks?
While the protagonist in this story is unable to communicate with anyone in his...more
(I have now read, and been impressed by, Inside Out and it is not a sequel in any sense of the word. I was confused; it's Cruise Control that is the sequel. I'll try to find that, t...more
This was a really interesting point of view. Shawn was very likable and his explanations gave a new awareness of what someone trapped inside such a body might be experiencing. I also liked that Shawn's fat...more
I was expecting to feel depressed while and after reading this. I was not.
If you're expecting a sappy dramatic novel about a boy who is strapped to a wheelchair and can't do anything for himself... you are not very far off, but the difference is that the story is not sappy at all, nor is it particularly dramatic. I mean, it is, hello, boy trapped in his own body and all, but Shawn is an optimist and the author is very original in the way he decide to present his sto...more
Shawn McDaniel is supposed to be retarded and to anyone on the outside he’s as dumb as they get. Shawn suffers from cerebral palsy and he can’t move a single muscle in his body voluntarily, he can’t write, or jump, or even look where he wants to. But regardless of what his family sees the real Shawn is stuck in his useless body unable to communicate in any way to the outside world. His one saving grace is his daily seizures, where he is released from his body; his spirit is able to roam fre...more
On the bright side, Shawn begins his story...more
I'll it, right off, that I'm a very opinionated person. I believe that's why I love books that have endings that leave it open to personal intrepretation--I can use my own belief system, my own views on the rights and wrongs of a situation, to concoct my own ending. Whether it be a happily-ever-after or a tear-jerker, whatever ending you prescribe to STUCK IN NEUTRAL will, no doubt, leave you pondering the book for days.
That being said, Terry Trueman is the ki...more
The main character, Shawn, is a witty, wonderful young man who is a smart inter...more
Shawn McDaniel is anything but the ordinary fourteen year old, cerebral palsy, a genius i.q., and the ability to remember every. Single. Thing. He encounters. To everyone he looks like a vegetable...more
Shawn McDaniel...what can you say? This author hit the nail on the head with Shawn's character. Shawn is an intelligent boy with cerebral palsy. He tells you everything about himself from his feelings about family, the world, and his environment. I like they way the author uses his body as a shell that unfolds this great amount of energy and intelligence. I really enjoyed Shawn's character he put his emotions out there on the line. I especially liked the...more
David and I were struck by the honest portrayal of the lives of Shawn's family members who are impacted by his severe condition. Sadly, their lives as well as Shawn's are lacking any faith or hope. As such, even the positi...more
So, this is basically an exploration of what it might be like to be a bright kid, stuck in a body that is useless, with no way to let anyone know you're in there. It's only 144 pages long, so no extraneous subplots here. Then the question of what the dad might do (and why) adds a terrific amount of suspense...more
I instantly connected with this book because I had an aunt who had cerebral palsy. She passed awa...more