Cruise Control

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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't understand a thing you say? How can you listen to him when he can't speak a word? How can you love him ...

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Overview

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't understand a thing you say? How can you listen to him when he can't speak a word? How can you love him when he's so messed up, he can't love you back? And how can you have a life of your own when your father bailed on the family, leaving you to be the "man of the house"?

Fueled by rage at what has happened to his family, Paul is ready to explode. And he is haunted by something even worse—something he can never tell anyone. It is something he will have to face if he is to have any hope of a future at all. While Cruise Control is a companion to Terry Trueman's Printz Honor book, Stuck in Neutral, it is the completely independent story of a family's "other" son—the one who is healthy, gifted, normal. It is a courageously hopeful story told with power, compassion, and humor.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Cruise Control by Terry Trueman, narrator Paul, brother to Shawn, the subject of Stuck in Neutral, takes center stage. His direct rapport with readers ("My only brother is a veg. Yep, a full-fledged, drooling, fourteen-year-old idiot") lends an immediacy to Paul's struggle with having a brother who suffers from cerebral palsy and the father who abandoned them. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From The Critics
Paul McDaniel, a high school senior, is a grenade with his hand on the pin. Living in Seattle with his mother, his sister, and his retarded brother nearly pushes him over the edge. He despises his father for leaving the family, and he feels responsible for helping his mother with his brother. Paul loves and defends Shawn, although he guiltily resents him at times wondering what his life would be like without him. Sports, especially basketball, provide Paul with an outlet to release his anxiety; still, he struggles with how his family situation will affect his future and his dreams of an athletic scholarship to Georgetown University. His friends worry about Paul's angry demeanor, and at times step in to keep him from inflicting pain on his provokers. However, when Paul's mom confronts him with the reason his father "abandoned" the family, he is able to release the pent up anger and view his situation from a more realistic and accurate perspective. 2004, Harpertempest, 148 pp., Ages young adult.
—Rhea Spears
VOYA
Writing from the perspective of Paul McDaniel, star athlete and brother of Shawn McDaniel, Trueman takes up the story he began in his award-winning Stuck in Neutral (HarperCollins, 2000/VOYA December 2000). Readers learned there that although Shawn's body is wracked with cerebral palsy so overwhelming that he appears to be a complete vegetable, his cognitive function is actually normal. No one knows that Shawn is aware of everything going on around him, but he simply cannot communicate in any way. As the first book ends, unresolved, Shawn wonders whether his father will actually follow through on the mercy killing he contemplates for his son. In this companion volume, readers follow Shawn's brother through a championship basketball season, but even more, they follow Paul as he comes to grips with his terrible temper, feelings of guilt, and the dysfunctional relationship that he has with his father. All his problems are rooted in the fact that he has a "profoundly developmentally disabled" brother. Paul, extremely successful in sports and academics, suffers emotionally so terribly that he can only express his feelings by fighting. Unaware of how much he has in common with his father, he interprets his father's separation from the family as a cowardly abandonment. In the end, Paul learns that he does not have to be the victim of fate and that everything is not as it seems. The ending is a little too fairy tale, too pat, but the conflict development throughout the book brilliantly portrays the emotional distress of a teenager who must cope with a handicapped sibling. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined asgrades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, HarperTempest, 148p., and PLB Ages 11 to 15.
—James Blasingame
Children's Literature
This companion to the Printz Honor Book Stuck in Neutral takes the same events, and looks at them through the eyes of a different character. Paul McDaniel, older brother of handicapped Shawn, has conflicted feelings about his brother's condition, and harbors anger over the perceived abandonment by his father. This has created a violent streak in Paul, and a sense that he cannot leave his family to go to college. Unlike the original book, which was excellently written and focused clearly in the mind of a person trapped by cerebral palsy, this one does not create a likeable character, and feels like a jumble of contrived and disconnected story threads. The basic premise that Paul, too, feels trapped by circumstances does not hold up in light of the fact that his father provides an abundance of money for the family, and his mother lovingly cares for Shawn. Considering the intended audience, there is also a disturbing lack of consequences for dangerous behaviors. Paul nearly kills a person for almost no reason, yet he is never brought to task for it. Likewise, he drives a car while seriously drunk, with no repercussions. The main theme of the first book—euthanasia—seems only randomly thrown into this story, and readers not familiar with the original story will have no clue to what could actually be occurring. Fans of the first book will likely be disappointed with this one, and readers new to this author may find the story baffling. 2004, HarperCollins/HarperTempest, Ages 12 to 16.
—Jane Harrington
KLIATT
This is a companion to Trueman's acclaimed Stuck in Neutral (reviewed in KLIATT in May 2000), which was told from the point of view of Shawn, a 14-year-old boy severely afflicted with cerebral palsy who thinks his father is trying to kill him. In Cruise Control, Shawn's older brother Paul is the narrator. While Shawn is a "veg," as Paul puts it, wheelchair-bound and unable to communicate, Paul is a gifted athlete. Shawn is having more and more seizures, and Paul is torn between love for him and hating the way he is, while feeling responsible for taking care of the family. Their father, who wrote a famous poem about Shawn and has won a Pulitzer Prize, has moved out, and Paul detests him for it. In fact, Paul is full of hate and anger much of the time, and he has trouble controlling his violent temper. He beats up a stranger who nearly ran over a child, and then learns a lesson when his best friend is jailed for beating up his abusive stepfather. His mother finally explains that she had asked his heartbroken father to move out, because she was unable to meet everyone's needs; he didn't desert the family. She also urges Paul to make a life for himself, and assures him that it's fine for him to go off to college to follow his dreams. Trueman's own son has cerebral palsy, which makes this terse tale even more credible and affecting. Paul's voice is convincing, and his suffering, his rage, and his conflicting emotions are portrayed well. This is a disturbing but ultimately hopeful tale about anger and love, and a must-read for anyone who read Stuck in Neutral and wondered what happened next. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior highschool students. 2004, HarperCollins, 160p., and (le). Ages 12 to 18.
—Paula Rohrlick
Kirkus Reviews
Angry Paul is the brother of Shawn, the severely disabled narrator of Trueman's Stuck in Neutral (2000). Paul is an overachiever with straight A's and is the top athlete in the school. He's the quarterback, the third baseman and right now the go-to guy in hoops. Paul's mad at his dad for leaving the family while they struggle to deal with the burden of caring for Shawn, mad at the world for the way it sees Shawn, and mad at himself for not being the brother he would like to be. Mom does nothing to help Paul feel free to pursue his own interests and future, nor does sister Cindy's patience with Shawn. Dad is gaining fame for his discussion of the issues around disability, and Paul's fury and disgust focus on him. Readers who know Shawn from the previous encounter will enjoy an added layer of understanding, but every reader will understand Paul's frustrations and fears. A minor plot line relating to Paul's shooting partner Tim helps to illuminate the ways in which anger can change lives. A riveting read with a sports flair that resolves too quickly to be quite realistic. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064473774
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 342,010
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.12 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Trueman grew up in the northern suburbs of Seattle, Washington. He attended the University of Washington, where he received his BA in creative writing. He also has an MS in applied psychology and an MFA in creative writing, both from Eastern Washington University.

Terry is also the author of Stuck in Neutral and its companion novel, Cruise Control; Hurricane; 7 Days at the Hot Corner; No Right Turn; and Inside Out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    !!!!!!!!!!WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cruise Control was a book that was easy to follow and kept you wondering what was going to happen next. I wanted to know if in the end if this story would bring the family back together or break them even more! A book that you can't put down and you just want to know what's going to happen! I'm not really a big reader i've read like only 2 books before I picked this one up and I read it in three days. I must say that I was sort of disappointed on the ending but I had no clue there was a sequel to it! So I read that and all in all I really enjoyed this book. Still I must say that I didn¿t like the other books ending Stuck in Neutral. But it was a great book and I must say that I would read it again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    HIGH BRANCH

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Inspiring

    Cruise Control was a really good book. This is the second book to Stuck In Neutral and it is told in the brothers perspective. When i read this i really thought it was interesting how much different it is by hearing the story from another character. I liked this book a lot and at some points it made me want to go inside and be a part of the story. The main characters name is Paul. His brother is Shawn and is mentally challenged. In many parts of the book Paul gets mad because he has a lot of anger issues. Paul blames his dad for a lot of things and he hates that he can't have a normal relationship with his brother. but there is one thing that Paul is very good at. And that's basketball. Paul is the best player on the team. He can make pretty much whatever shot he wants. This is what he takes most of his anger out on. Throughout the story you start to notice that his dad wants to be around him more. Paul doesn't really know if he wants that. but as things start to unfold between Pauls brother, and his dad, it becomes a really interesting and riveting read. I really liked this book and i would read it again any day. I liked how all of the characters were very believable. This story is very realistic because there are families out there who have a mentally challenged family memeber and face many difficulties. It is not an easy thing on anyone to have to raise a child that way. All in all, this book was very good and i really enjoyed reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2010

    This is a good book for teens!! :)

    The book I just finished reading is called Cruise Control by: Terry Trueman. I thought the book is a really good book to read for teens. This book is about this one guy named Paul and he has a sister named Cindy. He also has a mentally handicapped brother named Shawn. Paul thought that his father abandoned them but really Paul's mother made him leave. Paul is an excellent basketball player. Paul has gotten over ten applications from colleges. Paul hates his farther so such but in the end it gets better.
    I can get a good picture in my head about what the author is saying in the book. I can sometimes relate my life with the book and sometimes not. It depends on what's happening in the book.
    I don't really have a favorite in the book. Paul has anger problems most of the time and Shawn is mental all the time but I do feel bad for Shawn still. Paul has beaten up kids for picking on his brother Shawn and when someone gets Paul really mad he starts to hit and punch that person. If that person won't stop picking on his brother or making him mad he starts getting mad and his hits and punches get really really bad.
    In the book Paul thinks that his father abandoned his family. So, all the years Paul has been the only man in the house so he has to help his mom with Shawn everyday after basketball practice. Paul has been a basketball player for a long time. At practice Paul hardly ever misses a shot when throwing the ball. Paul and his teammates make it to the championship game. Shawn just sits in the same spot everyday because he can't do anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2010

    I enjoyed this book!

    Paul McDaniel, a high school senior, is a grenade with his hand on the pin. Paul McDaniel has conflicted feelings about his brother's condition, and harbors anger over the perceived abandonment by his father. His brother Shawn is basically in a state of vegetation. Paul is an overachiever with straight A's and is the top athlete in the school. He's the quarterback, the third baseman and right now the go-to guy in hoops. Paul's mad at his dad for leaving the family while they struggle to deal with the burden of caring for Shawn, mad at the world for the way it sees Shawn, and mad at himself for not being the brother he would like to be. Unaware of how much he has in common with his father, he interprets his father's separation from the family as a cowardly abandonment. In the end, Paul learns that he does not have to be the victim of fate and that everything is not as it seems. The ending is a little too fairy tale, too pat, but overall i still enjoyed this book!

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    Cruise Control

    This book to me, has a five star rating. Cruise Control is about a boy named Paul, who has a though life. "His brother is a complete veg. Yep, a full fledged, drooling fourteen-year-old idiot." Paul's mom is always helping Shawn, and never anyone else. His dad is a complete jerk, and nothing goes right for him.

    He has anger problems, and takes his pain out on other people. This story is very good. It comes from the author, Terry Trueman, who has experience with kids with cerebral palsy.

    His writing puts a very clear picture in your head, and leaves you thinking at the same time. It'll make you think, make you almost cry at some parts, and change how you think. Terry Trueman is a wonderful author. I think his books make you not want to put the book down. I know you will come to find the same as I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2009

    E.M. Book Review

    Cruise Control by Terry Trueman
    Cruise Control by Terry Trueman is a deep and detailed story about a teenage boy, who has to face the challenges of growing up without a father, and with a brother who is mentally ill. Terry Trueman is a very thorough author who goes into great detail in all of his writing. He makes you feel as though you are sitting right there next to Paul interviewing him. In the story Paul, the teenage boy, has many different feelings and thoughts throughout the book. Terry Trueman really express Paul's feeling and the reader can very much understand what Paul is feeling. I believe that Terry Trueman did a great job with this book.
    In Cruise Control there is a teenage boy named Paul, who has a mentally ill brother named Shawn, and they live with their mother and their sister. When Shawn was young, their father left the family because he couldn't deal with the pressure and the time that he had to give up to take care of Shawn. In the story Paul is trying to live a normal teenage boy life, with the setbacks of having no father, and a brother who is mentally ill. Paul has to face many challenges in the story and has many mixed emotions about his father, his brother, and about life. In the story Paul has to learn to cope with his problems with his father, and learn to love and care for his brother.
    I think the book was fantastic. I think this because the way Terry Trueman told the story was great. I think the amount of detail he gave was great, and I think the way that he made you feel as though he was speaking to only you and Paul was right next to you was awesome. Some parts of the story that show why I felt the way I did about the book was when Paul got home from the fair and starting arguing with his father. When this happened you could truly feel the way Paul felt and what he was thinking. It was as though he was right next to you. Also when Paul was at basketball practice and was making every shot, you could really feel the energy Paul had and the thoughts that were going through his mind that helped him make every shot. Paul's positive energy and his loving thoughts about his family helped him make his shots one after one.
    In the book the plots were given clearly and thoroughly so that you could understand what you were reading. There was great detail in them so you could the characters point of view and what he or she was thinking. Terry Trueman's writing style is very real and easy to understand. Through the book he makes Paul's love for his father and for Shawn grow greater and greater every day. He writes in a way that shows his feelings in the story and gives his view on the issues. It is very unique writing style but is very true and realistic. The characters in the story perfectly fit the concept of the story and make like a real life story. Their every feeling, emotion, their words, and thoughts make the story very realistic and as though you are part of the story. The message of the story is excellent. The growing love for bothers and for father and son is very real and true. The message and the ending of the story is heartwarming and gives you the feeling that Paul has.
    I would give this story an 11/10 because it is so compelling and real. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes family drama, action, and an all around fantastic book. This book expresses feelings, emotions, and lots of things that happen in an everyday teenager's life. I believe that anyone who reads this book will fa

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    Cruise Control

    Cruise Control is a pretty awesome book its overall, it's about a boy named boy named Paul a senior in high school and is a basketball star he has a mentally challenged brother that he calls a veggie because his brain doesn't work , He is a trouble maker and also is a pretty smart kid and he is not that bad, he likes to fight and doesn't like it when people call him bro because he takes it serious because of his brother, His dad had left him and his brother with his mom and 2 sisters to take care of so Paul hates him. He left and made a book about his mentally challenged son and became famous, so Paul also ways has the thought of hurting his dad on his mind, when he gets into fights he likes to get punched in the face it makes him feel good. Then he takes his anger out on them instead of beating down his dad. Beside his brother and his dad he is a total all-star in basketball and the best on the team besides that it's his favorite sport. He coach loves that he so good because he leads them to the championships, which they soon when I recommend this book it is really, really well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2009

    AngerBombs

    Terry Trueman's real life revelation Cruise Control, kept me constantly engulfed in the adventurous mind of the hot tempered character. This novel revealed the deep thoughts that come to us as humans. The novel is filled with the written thoughts of the character's verbal mind, which creates many juicy scenes.
    Throughout the book, I became to sympathize for the main character, Paul, because of the author's superior ability to write an easy to relate to confession of a young teenager's struggles. Paul, as many other teenagers, is bombarded with a weird family. His brother, being mentally disabled, is a huge contributor to Paul's, quick and explosive temper. Throughout the novel, Paul takes his temper to the extreme but luckily his friends and family prevent anyone from getting hurt. The suspense is incomparable and pulls emotions that we have been taught to not feel because they are wrong. Paul tries to forget a scene where his patients were pushed to levels he didn't know he had. Paul notices he is experiencing the same feelings and thoughts he encountered just before he made his lethal mistake. He tries not to let it happen again, but there are so many pressures and scenarios that would be better without his brother.
    This novel is a great quick read that will have you wishing it were longer. The ending although heartwarming, would have been even more pleasing if given after the story information. Read this book. If you are a child or teenager, you will be able to relate to it and if you are an adult you will be giving a glimpse of our minds.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    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 sticking to it, and now for the story of CRUISE CONTROL... <BR/><BR/>This book is billed as the companion book to STUCK IN NEUTRAL, not a sequel. And for good reason. This book doesn't pick up where STUCK IN NEUTRAL leaves off, although I would recommend reading that one first, if for no other reason than to learn the history of Shawn McDaniel and his family. CRUISE CONTROL is the story of Paul McDaniel, older brother to Shawn and sister Cindy, son of a prize-winning poet father who abandoned their family and a mother who works hard to take care of her children. <BR/><BR/>Paul is fully aware of the unfairness and inconsistencies in his life. He's the star of the basketball team--his brother is a veg, confined to his wheelchair and unable to control any of his movements, from blinking his eyelids to swallowing his food. Paul is always angry, even to the point of physically attacking virtual strangers--his brother is unable to show any emotion, at all from love to annoyance. He hates his father for leaving the family--and yet wonders what it would be like for him to be a bigger part of it. Paul's life is, for all accounts and purposes, messed up. As his sister, Cindy, puts it: "There's no way I'll ever believe that the problems a brother like Shawn brings to a family are 'gifts from God.'" <BR/><BR/>As Paul discovers that his father might not have left the family due to abandonment, as his feelings of rage turn to shame for a secret he's kept way too long, Paul realizes the truth that his mother has long known: "It's okay to love your brother." <BR/><BR/>CRUISE CONTROL is Paul's story, and it's just as heartfelt and genuine as Shawn's. I'm sorry to leave the McDaniel family behind, but at least it's with the feeling of love and respect, and not sorrow and shame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    A Great Book For Athletes

    Kevin Gambrell 9/5/08 07 Marquez ¿Losing Control¿ Cruise Control By: Terry Trueman Cruise Control was a very exciting and well written book for readers who like sports, action, and violence. This book was about a senior in high school who is a superstar at football, basketball, and baseball. The time frame of this book is in his basketball season and he is so good at it that he could get a full scholarship to go to Georgetown, but he does have a few problems. The main character, Paul has a brother with mental disabilities, a father who left his family when he was younger, and due to all this, Paul has trouble controlling his anger. This story is about how Paul tries to get an athletic scholarship with all these problems in basketball season. This book was very exciting due to the sports and Paul¿s struggle to control his anger. In one part of the book a man almost ran over a little girl crossing the street and when the man didn¿t feel ashamed about it at all Paul attacked him and almost beat him to death. In another part Paul¿s best friend walks in the house and he can see that his parents were in a fight. He asks his father where his mother is and he says don¿t worry about her. Then Paul¿s friend checks the closet and sees his mother locked in there all beaten up and scared to death from his father. In rage, Paul¿s friend attacks his father and attacks him so hard that he sends his father to the hospital and Paul¿s friend gets arrested. In the last part of the story Paul and his basketball team try to win the state tournament without their second best player, because he was in jail. This was a very exciting part because Paul¿s team were down by a record breaking amount of points and try to come back and win it. This book was very well written and well laid out by Trueman. It keeps your attention and makes you just want to keep reading. The message in this book is to try to forgive your friends, family, and other people you may not know and to give them a second chance because everyone makes mistakes. This book is a must read for athletic people in high school who love a lot of action and violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    The 'Angry' Review of Cruise Control

    Kyle Winterling September 7, 2008 Section 04-Rand Cruise Control Terry Trueman Cruise Control was an interesting book to me because the main character was a high school boy with conflict that relates to anyone. It¿s fun to read about what his next problem will be. He always handles his problems differently. Paul is a teenager full of anger and the only thing that relaxes him is basketball. The book kept me wanting to read. Paul having a severely disabled brother really makes you wonder what it would be like to have someone like that in your life. Cruise Control is about a boy in high school named Paul McDaniel. His dad has left the family, or so he thinks, and he has a severely disabled brother. He is captain of his school basketball team and he is hoping to get a full ride through college. He thinks that he will always be where he is now because of his brother Shawn. He hates his father for leaving the family to take care of Shawn. A big part of Paul¿s life is his anger. He is angry at himself for being angry and for not just being cool about things there¿s always anger in Paul¿s life. One time Paul sees a couple of kids come up to Shawn one day while he was sitting in his wheelchair on the porch. He saw the kids come onto the porch and hold a lighter under Shawn¿s chin. He could have stopped them but he didn¿t. Overall I liked the suspense and social issues of the story. They will keep you reading and you will not get bored. Just wait until Paul¿s big Game in the end of the story. I did not think this story was hard to read at all. There was some language in the story not suitable for little kids. Probably anyone who is in at least sixth grade should read this book no problem. They should just be aware of the things happen in the book. There is a scene where Paul and his friend have been drinking and are driving. I don¿t even like to read and I enjoyed this book. I give it 4 stars. Picture site

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    cruise control review

    this story is about a boy named paul and he mostly talked about hating his dad and his dad left them and didnt care for them. also that he ahas a brother named shawn that he was mentaly retarted and people made fun of him and he always had to beat kids up for that is not that he wanted is just he had to so people wont make fun of his little brother

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    Cruise Control review

    This book is about a boy named paul and he has a little brother named shawn that is retarted but as jorge call's him a 'veg'. Shawn doesn't like the fact the his brother is like that at times he feels guilty for thinking that he hates how his brother is. Then paul also hates his dad because he thinbks his dad walked out on their family, but actually paul's mom made him leave. Paul is a very athletic guy he is captain of his basketball team and the best player also. Paul gets mad very easily and loves to fight especially when he is already heated up. At the end of this book paul forgives his dad and actually gets up the courage to tell his brother shawn that he loves him even though his brother cant understand or talk back. Paul is in the championship game and right at the buzzer he made the shot and won the game he wanted to call shawn even if he was sleeping to tell him tnhat this game was for him and that he loves him and misses him. Oh yea paul also has a bestfriend name Tim-bo that got put in jail right before the big game because tim's step father hit tim's mom and then tim beat up his step dad and he ws the second best player on the team. I thought this book was very good and i liked it alot it kind of made me tear a litle but yea i definetly recommend this book to everybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    cruise control review

    I liked the part that says that he protects his brother.I can relate to it, because i have a little sister, and people are always messing around with her.I try to protect her from them. Another part that i can relate to and don't like in the book, is that his dad walked out on them. I didn't like that his dad was getting all of the good things happening to him. But the rest of his family were doing good but not great. I liked that Paul finaly stood up to his dad. above all it was a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2008

    an okay book...

    this book was like about a guy named paul and he has lot's of problom's.Like for one he has a brother that is a 'vegg' and he is not normal.Another problom that paul face's is that his dad waled out on him and never came back.Now to top it all off paul has a bigg basketball game(spolier)he makes the last shot a the very last possible moment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    Review

    Cruise Control By Terry Trueman Cruise Control, By Terry Trueman tells readers to treat mental people the same way you would want someone to treat you. It is about fathers that are jerks run who away from home because they have a mentally and physically challenged kid. One of the author¿s main arguments is that Paul was always blaming his dad for his temper problems. Paul always thought about his dad when he would lose his temper and get into fights, Like one time, a guy driving a Camaro almost hit a little girl So, Paul flipped him off, pulled over stepped out Then, all Paul could think about was his dad and how mad he made him. If he wanted to he could have killed the guy but instead he just beat him up. I think the author interpreted Paul's whole temper as he took it too far, He said that everything was because of his dad and it should all be blamed on his dad. But this really was not all his dads fault. There are other books that I should of read before this one like ¿stuck in neutral¿ it was the first book in the series by Terry Trueman. I couldn¿t understand what was going on at first when I jumped into this one. Then right from the start I kind figured out what was going on, This was a really good book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good book I don¿t like reading much myself but this one was good and made me want to read the other books by this author. I rate this 4 stars out of 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    class room pick

    Cruise Control By Terry Trueman Treat mental people the same way you would want someone to treat you. And fathers that run away from home because they have a mentally and physically challenged kid are jerks. One of the author¿s main arguments is that Paul was always blaming his dad for his temper problems. Paul always thought about his dad when he would lose his temper and get into fights, like one time a guy driving a camaro almost hit a little girl and so Paul flipped him off and then he pulled over stepped out and then all Paul could think about was his dad and how mad he made him and if he wanted to he could of killed the guy but he just beat him up. I think the author interpreted the whole temper that Paul had he took it to far and said that everything was because of his dad and it should all be blamed on his dad but really its not all his dads fault. There are other books that I should of read before this one like ¿stuck in neutral¿ and I couldn¿t understand what was going on at first until I jumped into this one and then right from the start I kind figured out what was going on, and this was a really good book. This is a really good book I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good book I don¿t like reading much myself but this one was good and made me want to read the other books by this author. I rate this 4 stars out of 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2007

    Cruise Control Review

    Paul McDaniel is a great athlete and the most popular kid at his high school, but he has one problem. His brother, Shawn, has cerebral palsy. This is a story entitled ¿Cruise Control,¿ a book by Terry Trueman, and is also a companion to Trueman's previous book, ¿Stuck in Neutral.¿ But, unlike ¿Stuck in Neutral,¿ ¿Cruise Control¿ is a first-person account by Paul. ¿Cruise Control¿ is about Paul and his brother Shawn, his sister Cindy, his mom Lindy, and his dad Sydney, who left the family, and their experiences. Some of those include Paul constantly losing his temper and beating people up, Paul thinking his dad is going to kill Shawn, Shawn having seizures including one that could have killed him, and Paul's basketball season. Paul had a great basketball season. One day at basketball practice, Paul had an incredible shootaround. He never missed a shot, including a shot from the opposite foul line! During that shootaround, Paul kept thinking about things like that if he missed, it would mean his dad was cool 'since Paul hates his dad,' and if he made it, he would get a full scholarship to Georgetown. It worked. Another part of Paul's basketball season was the end-of-season basketball tournament. The tournament would be the final games in Paul's high school athletic career, since he was graduating the next April and wouldn't be able to play baseball. Something else that was important about the tournament is that their would be college scouts from Georgetown and Gonzaga, the top 2 schools Paul wants to go to. I previously mentioned Paul's temper. He gets angry quickly, and when he does he beats people up. We find out later what is causing this, and after Paul figures it out to his temper isn't very bad anymore, and it comes in handy later on after an incident in the basketball tournament. Overall, ¿Cruise Control¿ was a good book. I liked it a lot, and would recommend it to anyone in 7th grade or higher. I would recommend to it to everyone but there is some language in it so that is why I am recommending it for anyone in at least 7th grade. Terry Trueman really did a good job with this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

    A book that will make turn the page

    Have you ever wondered how life would be having a veg as a younger brother? Well just imagine having a mentally disabled younger brother living with them and still tying to accept the reality that it¿s happening. Well in the book I read is a perfect example of how that life is. The book is called Cruise Control by Terry Trueman. The main characters is Paul an all American teenager with the good grades one of the good looking jocks in school and being the star player in his basketball team, sounds like a good life right, not really, he also has a huge problem him not begin able to control his anger he gets very aggressive and dangerous and hurts people aggressively when he gets angry. He¿s been having these problems for a time now and one thing he cant stand is when people make fun of his brother Shawn who is a vegetable, but will his anger problems affect his goals in life by one day not be able to think before he acts by not taking take control of his anger that¿s what made me turn the pages in the book wanting to know what¿s going to happen. This story is told in 1st person whom you get into the characters head.Theres flashbacks which really gets you inside of the character to see what he thinks,what he wants to do,and what he¿s done.It makes it suspenseful and thrilling without having this story told in 1st person it would have been very different and not as good. This also is an advantage to know what Paul really though about his brother Shawn, he always had his doubts on him sometimes loving him and also not wanting to love him because he wouldn¿t get the love back it was a very interesting point of view and I think the story being 1st person was a wonderful thing when it came to this. A part in the book that really got to me was this ¿Yep, my bro is a veg. It¿s funny, though that in some ways I sometimes envy of Shawn. He doesn¿t have a clue in the world about what¿s happening around him. He just sits there and drools and goes ¿ahhhhh¿ all day. He doesn¿t worry about the stuff that makes my life crazy, like what college might take him or whether he¿s going to get an athletic scholarship or anything at all. My life, a lot of the time, feels like a car roaring down the freeway in cruise control, where you don¿t even have to touch the gas, only I¿m on bald tires going 120 miles per hour, wild gas, flying, and I have no idea where I¿m headed¿. This part in the book really shows Paul¿s thoughts and its emotions and that¿s something that you don¿t hear often that you envy of someone who doesn¿t think. I really enjoyed this book it was very different than other books I¿ve read it was surprising to me that this book want a true story because to me it was very realist and I¿ve read many books before that are similar and are true stories this book really touched me and I really realized by reading this book how many families with disabled kids are how much they go through and how it really affects there everyday life, and how hard it can be and how others can get stressed over it, but then again like Paul mentioned in the story maybe they are lucky not getting stressed or worried about what people usually worry and get stressed about like the things Paul mentioned he was worried about such as college his sports scholarship . Just things people worry about on everyday basis they just sit there as the world goes by and just watch.

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