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Short Bus Hero

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Twenty-three year-old Ally Forman, a $350 million dollar lottery winner with Down syndrome, is either cursed or blessed, depending on how you look at things. When professional wrestler Stryker Nash loses his job, Ally, his biggest fan, wants nothing more than to put him back in the ring. And she will spare no expense. Her mother, however, has other plans for Ally’s winning ...more
Kindle Edition, Kindle, 250 pages
Published February 26th 2017 by Zero Budget Management (first published December 16th 2014)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Ally Forman likes playing with her barbies, even Headless, Naked, Jobless Barbie.

Ally Forman loves Twilight. (I forgive her it-she's awesome)

Ally Forman LOVES wrestling:

Ally Forman just won the lottery for over 3 hundred million dollars:

Ally Forman has Down's syndrome.

I love her.

This story is told from an angels point of view. When I first started reading it I thought it would completely go cheesey on me. This isn't your everyday angel though. He cusses, and rants and isn't really able to "f
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kelly (and the Book Boar) by: Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
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If you aren't already aware, I'm not a person who often has emotions . . . but when I do WATCH OUT. I think I flooded my reading room this morning. I'm still f-ing crying. What's happening to me?!?!?!?!

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Short Bus Hero is the story of Ally Forman told through the voice of her guardian angel (don't worry, this isn't a preachy book - the halo Ally's angel wears is more than a bit crooked). Ally is "a "Dear One
Rebecca McNutt
I was actually cautioned last year not to bother reading Short Bus Hero ("it's offensive", I'd heard). But in the context of the book, it's a fitting title, because main character Ally doesn't let her disability hold her back in life. Born with Down syndrome, Ally is one of those rare characters in fiction who isn't defined purely by their diagnosis, making her all the more realistic and human. While readers do get to know about Down syndrome, beyond that we get to see Ally as a strong and lovab ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
*NetGalley book review*

This book was such a good read, it had me smiling all through out it. Written very well, with very developed characters that make you fall in love with them. Very interesting story line that pulls you in to see what will happen next. Such a great feel good book.
Nick Cato
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read the author’s two previous horror novels (under another name), I didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. This is a Great, risky tale featuring wonderfully mismatched characters and some darkly humorous dialogue and situations. Fans of offbeat (but uplifting) tales shouldn’t miss this.
Keith Deininger
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great characters. An emotional story told with beauty and heart. Not the sort of novel I’d usually read, but I know good storytelling when I see it. Very well done!
Christopher  Nelson
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Touched by an Angel

The world of professional wrestling will never be the same thanks to an angel of the purest heart. From the over-the-top melodrama of the wrestling industry, to protagonist Ally Forman’s daily challenges of life as a girl with big dreams and unusual hurdles, SHORT BUS HERO carries you through the full gamut of emotions and leaves you feeling alive at the end. Every time I took a breather, I couldn’t wait for a chance to dive right back in the ring with Ally and her broken cham
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Given To Me For An Honest Review

Short Bus Hero by Shannon Giglio is a must read. Once you open the book it will grab you and hold you on the edge of your seat. Then those pages will turn and turn and turn some more until the end of the book. Where else can you read a book about Ally who has Down's syndrome. She wins the lottery of over 3 million dollars, her mother is a hoarder, her co-worker is a bully, there's The Cool People, and a washed up pro wrestler. Lastly you'll read about the guardian
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Short Bus Hero by Shannon Giglio is a completely wonderful and uplifting read. Very different from her previous novels. In the story we learn of the Cool People, in particular Ally, who is obsessed with wrestling (specifically the star Stryker Nash). Nash is down on his luck, and fate has played a cruel trick on him which may put him out of the wrestling limelight for good. Ally is depressed about Stryker’s demise, but another twist of fate gives her the power to do something about it. The writi ...more
Dave Thomas
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
SHORT BUS HERO is an emotional roller coaster of a read, with vivid characterization and crisp dialogue, at times humorous and touching, upsetting and uplifting, complemented by a cast of wonderful characters who leap off the page and embed themselves in your psyche. This is not a horror novel, a fantasy novel, or anything in between--it is a hell of a story with the most unlikely cabal of heroes who give us all a sense of hope and wonder in an unforgiving world. Do not miss this one from an exc ...more
Alannah Clarke
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
A delightful, uplifting book unlike anything I have ever read before. The author has done a great job with this one; to me the plot was very interesting and quite unique. The characters were really well created which really drew me in as a reader.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I gave this book 3.5 stars.

The title of the book quickly caught my eye when I saw it on the list. I knew immediately that it would be about someone with disabilities. I have to admit that I am not sure how I feel about the title, as the term "short bus" has evolved into something more derogatory.

I was a bit unsure when I started reading the story. It is narrated by a guardian angel, of sorts, who keeps tabs on Ally. Because (s)he is involved with Ally, (s)he can also follow those who are directl
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
'Short Bus Hero' is the story of Ally, a 23-year-old wrestling fan who has Down Syndrome. She is a huge fan of a past-his-prime wrestler named Stryker Nash. Ally's whole life changes when she wins the lottery. The first thing she wants to do with the money she won? Save Stryker Nash. The novel follows Ally, Stryker, and Ally's friends (the Cool People), and is told from the point of view of an angel who looks after them all.

The novel was a quick and easy read, and a very cute story. I liked that
Amanda Yanez
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ally Forman is a 23 year old woman with Down syndrome. She and her friends--dubbed "the Cool People"--have an obsession with wrestling. Ally, in particular, is a devoted fan of wrestler Stryker Nash, who has been pushed out of the arena after his group was bought by a larger promotion. After winning a $300+ million lottery, Ally declares that she wants to use the money to help her idol return to the ring. Meanwhile, A
Ella Drayton
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**Received from NetGalley in exchange for honest review**

I do not think I've ever read a book like this. The characters were so well written that I felt like I was reading about real people.I'm pretty sure that Shannon Giglio somehow knows my grandmother and just changed her name to Lois for this book because they are the exact same person. She's been a hoarder for almost ten years now and reading about Lois and her hoarding had me laughing and feeling sad all at the same time because I understa
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My son has Down syndrome, and so I am wary of the overused connections between angels and disabled people. But this angel used the word "clusterfuck" by page 3, so I figured I could give the book a try.

It didn't disappoint. From ear infections to Alzeheimers, from meeting moms on the playground to making plans for your kids after you die, Giglio had a realistic grasp on life with Down syndrome. Ally and her friends with Down syndrome are portrayed with a full range of emotions and dreams. They,
Mark Allan
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just finished Short Bus Hero by Shannon Giglio. A totally refreshing book unlike anything I've ever read before. It's at times funny, at times heart-tugging, at times uplifting. The story involves a guardian angel, a girl with Down's Syndrome, and professional wrestling. An odd mix of things that she manages to blend together in a way that doesn't feel forced but is an engaging story that is hard to predict. Big thumbs up for me.
Gena DeBardelaben
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC: Netgalley

Ally, who has Down's Syndrome, wins the lottery. Throw in a hoarding mom, a bullying coworker, The Cool People, a washed up pro wrestler, and a guardian angel who puts Clarence to shame and you have one of the most unique reads ever.

Ally proves no one is beyond redemption and that you should never underestimate one of the Dear Ones.

Great read!
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Ally's personality and how when she wanted something she fought for it. As we all do, she also had her moments of weakness and heartbreak. I love the way it all turned out in the end. Great perspective from the angel. Great read!!!!
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Really heartwarming novel. Gave it a 3/5 because it's not something I would read again, personally, as the plot didn't quite appeal to me. I felt it was a bit slow and confusing at first, but definitely picked up the pace later on.
Aryn Thomas
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
so good, it was incredible. very witty and endearing writing voice and a fast paced plot that keeps one engaged until the end. you feel for the characters, from their happiness to 'that unique pain that humans feel'. amazing, i loved it
S.E. Anderson
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A very sweet novel. While somewhat infantile at some points, the plot itself is so fun, the characters so lovable, that i couldn't help but enjoy reading it.
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it from start to finish.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An interesting and educating tale which I really enjoyed. Highly recommended.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Not bad.
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Shannon Giglio is a writer of literary, transgressive, and dark fiction. She has lived abroad, traveled widely, jumped out of an airplane, and driven a race car. She has worked in film and television.

"Ally Forman, a young woman with Down syndrome and a burnt-out guardian angel, wins the lottery in this unusual work from horror scribe Giglio (Revival House). Twenty-four-year-old grocery bagger Ally
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