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Inside Out

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,778 ratings  ·  287 reviews
In a busy coffee shop, a robbery goes wrong. Two gunmen hold seven hostages, including teenager Zach Wahhsted. What nobody realizes at first is that Zach is anything but ordinary and his troubled mind is more dangerous than any weapon. Terry Trueman has created a compelling character with the same shocking power and heartbreaking compassion as his Printz Honor Award debut ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by HarperTeen (first published August 1st 2003)
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Helen Absolutely! It has no bad language, has minimal violence, and is quite realistic about how young people feel and think. It teaches a lot about the way…moreAbsolutely! It has no bad language, has minimal violence, and is quite realistic about how young people feel and think. It teaches a lot about the way a kid thinks who is different from others socially, such as those with mental illness, retardation, or autism-spectrum disorders. It also shows how kids behave when their family is desperate for money. (less)
Helen He basically is a nice guy who wants to get along with others and wants to be helpful, in any way he can. He tries to ease the tension in the…moreHe basically is a nice guy who wants to get along with others and wants to be helpful, in any way he can. He tries to ease the tension in the situation, and to be friendly to the others, even if they aren't nice to him.(less)

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Michael Taylor
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ever read a book that can make you laugh, cry, and leave you in complete shock? If not, this is the book for you.

Terry Trueman won me as a fan when I read this book. There's not one negative I could give this book. Honestly, not one. The story is about a boy who has a disorder and how that disorder propels him through a very stressful situation, at least stressful to most people.

When I read this book, it forced me to see things that I don't understand in a whole new light. And when I hit the end
Apr 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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This book was pretty disappointing. While the premise was interesting, and the story itself had a lot of potential, I didn't think the writer did the story justice. I felt like the book was poorly researched and only moderately well written. The main character of the story suffers from schizophrenia and while I do not claim to be an expert, or even terribly knowledgable about this disorder, I did study it as part of my undergrad degree,
What an experience. If you have not read this book do yourself a favour and get your hands on it. This is such a powerful read.

This book deals with important issues juvenile crime, prejudice, but most importantly, mental illness.

Meet our main character, Zach. Zach is a bit different. His mind works a bit different from the way other people’s minds work, well that’s what his doctors and his mom say. So it's probably true.

Zach finds himself in the middle of a bank robbery. He supposes he should be
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Zach suspects that things might not be going well when two armed teens burst into the coffee shop where he is waiting for his mother. When their attempted hold-up goes wrong, the teens take everyone in the shop hostage, including the confused Zach. What the robbers don’t realize is that Zach suffers from paranoid adolescent schizophrenia. This condition has left the boy, even with proper medication, in a state of never really knowing the motivations behind other people’s emotions and actions. It ...more
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I don't really like to read big books. Unless if they are extremely interesting.This boy really refrains himself of jerking around and constantly talking. When you read this book, you have a diversity of thoughts rushing through your mind. Oh and emotions too! You really don't know how to feel when you read this book. Some people say sometimes if a book is really interesting it almost seems like your watching a movie. This book actually does exactly that. I am really glad I found this book. I re ...more
Fifi Garcia
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is so interested. I would've never pick it if my reading teacher wouldn't show it to me.
Hailey Ogston
In the story Inside Out, a boy named Zach is held hostage in a coffee shop, but nobody knows that his mind is a more dangerous weapon then anything. Zach is sixteen and has schizophrenia. The author Terry Trueman knows about mental illness. He has a B.A. in creative writing as well as an M.S in applied psychology. Inside out is the second book he’s written.

Zach was at the coffee shop where he waits for his mom to bring him his meds after school. Everything was going just fine while he was wait
Noah Marker
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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Lisette Quiroz
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well, I remember the day I asked the librarians from my old school to help me find a new book, one that's a tad different from the ones I read like supernatural, romance, just plain happy.

They asked what kind I would like. So I think and out of no where, I think of my older brother, Luis. You see, my brother's Autistic. It's a sort of disorder. Not sure how to say it except like it's like being a child but you grow and grow and never change. If you want, look up "Autism" in Wikipedia and find ou
Shane Strauch
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The book I read, Inside Out by Terry Trueman is actually suspenseful, it is also really awkward. The book was also one of my favorite books, right behind Hatchet. It has a whole load of details and it only has 115 pages! Perfect for me. My book was about a robbery by two teens at a Coffee Cafe. They tried to rob the store for their mom's health. One boy is 14 another is 16. The main character of the book is a 14 year old schitzaphrenic teen named Zach. He doesn't understand some of the situation ...more
Jan 20, 2017 added it
In inside out my opinion is that the book is ok so far kind of a lot of things are happening like the teen robbers that come into this coffee shop and stick the place up and the main character in my story is a little different he can't and can function right he is slow at know reality, like if something isn't really there.My character alsohas enough courage to say something to the teen kids with a gun in his face without really even knowing it. I think that takes a lot to stand up to someone wit ...more
This is an amazing read and should be on everyone's must-read list.

Zac Wahhsted is a young man that has a tough time understanding himself or others. He's a diagnosed schizophrenic but this likeable young man gives us a glimpse into a confusing child-like world that will have you laughing out loud one moment and tearing up the next. At only 120 pages of clear concise prose this is a lightning quick read and when you finish it you know that you'll remember aspects of it forever.

Zac is one of th
Sep 01, 2016 added it
My goodness, what a story.
Mine, not this one.
My sister's kindergarten teacher knew I was a book kid, and for some reason it occurred to her that I would like this thing, so she handed it to me and expected me to read it and not be terrified and confused.
Good job. You should definitely be teaching 5-year-olds.
So then I mispronounced the neurological disorder "shy-no-pairs-ee-ah" and cried to my parents that I was afraid I would get it.
Don't let 8-year-olds read this. Just don't.
I hardly recall th
Apr 05, 2017 added it
I thought it was a good book, but nothing special. It's a really short read so it get right to the point not that many details. I thought that it was interesting how the boy had schizophrenia and would almost get everyone killed because you couldn't stop talking. Its not a bad book, and I would recommend to anyone that doesn't want to read a long book.
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
So if you have ever watched Silver Linings Playbook, you are probably well-aware of the scene where Bradley Cooper's character throws his copy of A Farewell to Arms out the window in disgust and anger at the ending. That is what I wanted to do for the ending of this book.
Alec Fierimonte
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book inside out by Terry Trueman is about a boy named Zach, who suffers from schizophrenia. He ends up being caught in the middle of a robbery. Throughout the whole book you get to understand a bit on how Zach perceives stuff. He hears voices in his head telling him to do different things which is crazy to think a person has to go through that. The book is pretty interesting overall and has a plot that seems to keep you on your toes most of the time. The ending of the book caught me a little ...more
Travis James
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was very good for many different reasons. One reason was that it was super suspenseful and I really like books that are suspenseful. It was also good because of the amount of detail and overall the story line of a troubled kid caught in this situation. Although the ending is sad, I would recommend this book for people who like suspense.
Jimmy Clifford
“Inside Out” by Terry Trueman is a very interesting book about a boy with mental disabilities who is a victim of a robbery. He often has trouble differentiating reality and his imagination. I do not recommend this book to someone who is sensitive to graphic content. However, I do recommend the book to someone who is interested in tragedies or horror novels.
Jacob Norby
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Personal Response
This was an interesting read. The book is pretty different than any other books I've read only because of the main character. I really enjoyed reading it and didn't want to put it down because for once I couldn't really predict what was going to happen next.
Plot Summary
A boy named Zach is waiting in a coffee shop for his mother. He isn't like most people because he suffers from some form of schizophrenia which creates voices in his head and doesn't let him have emotion like othe
Jeff Lochhead
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick read on the topic of early-onset Schizophrenia. I appreciate the fact that Trueman writes about topics that are not common, and adds voice to those who may struggle to share it on their own.
Nov 04, 2008 rated it liked it

I just finished the book I was reading and it was "Inside Out" By Terry Trueman. As an overall book I would have to say it was enjoyable it wasn’t like alot of books I read but it was interesting to say the least. At the beginning of the book it caught my attention, because alot like a bunch of stories that are being published it starts off in the middle to close end. The reader is opened up to the climax for the story and is than brought to the beginning of the story. After about the second cha
Sydney Bartel
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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Ryan Pomerenke
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Inside Out” is an interesting book that focuses on one particular afternoon from the perspective of Zach Waahsted, a schizophrenic teenager. Due to his disorder, Zach struggles with social interaction. One day after school, Zach is waiting for his mom to pick him up at a local coffee shop. All of a sudden, two boys with guns walk in and attempt to rob the cafe. This story highlights how Zach handles the situation and works with the gunmen.

This book is told from the point of view of Zach, the m
Eric G
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Inside Out was an interesting read, it was hard to understand what was going on in the begining. But by the time I got to the second paragraph i understood the setting and what was really going on. I liked the book but there wasnt't much going on throughout the story. It was interesting to read through but half way through the book to me it started to get boring considering all the characters are sitting in the back of the coffee shop for about 75% of the story. I think the authordid a great job ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was too short and I want to read more!

Being inside Zach's brain is very interesting and unlike many other authors trying to depict schizophrenia Trueman manages to do it without turning it into a joke or a horror story. Zach is just a kid with a malfunctioning brain.

The description of the book gave me the wrong idea of what this was going to be though. "has a mind more dangerous than any weapon", that phrase led me into believing the book was going to tell the story of a sociopath, which
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Inside Out, I liked that Terry Truman made the chapters short (3-10 pages); this made me more engaged and focused in the book. Also, another thing I liked was Zach, the main character. He was very inspiring due to how well he dealt with Schizophrenia and the robbery situation. Lastly, the author gave us background knowledge before every chapter started. Usually, this was a doctor note on how Zach is doing in therapy or what his mom thinks of how Zach is dealing with the disease. Overall, Insi ...more
Rachel McMenemy
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
To me this book was entertaining. At times it was funny and sometimes scary. The quick read book is about a man that walks into a coffee shop just wanting to get a maple bar. While at the shop there is a burglary. The man that wanted the maple bar has schizophrenia so he isn't really sure if the burglary is real. He makes smart ass comments, which are very funny. Also the burglars happen to make things scary and intense at some points. The burglars keep the story intriguing and keep going.
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
If you're looking for an interesting quick read, this book is for you. You will find that you will have different emotions and different thoughts throughout. Inside Out shows a robbery gone wrong through the eyes of a schizophrenic teenager who has trouble with social interaction. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to see what it is like to be schizophrenic.
Jaxson Murphy
When I first saw this book and read the back I thought this was going to be a completely different book, when I read that I thought this kid would have super powers, he sort of does in a way if you think about it.
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