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 an...more
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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
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
Personal Response- I cannot put into words how amazing this story was. The amount of detail made me feel as if I was involved within the story. Shawn had a very interesting life. Terry Truman did a phenomenal job on creating another world. This story really had me stop and realize, that under a paralyzed body, there was a person who might be the next Einstein.
Plot- Shawn McDaniel was a teenage boy with Cerebral Palsy, he had no control over his body, actions, or no way to express his feelings. ...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
Golden line: "Life can be great, even for me. Even for me."