Inside Out [NOOK Book]

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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 novel, Stuck in Neutral.

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Overview

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 novel, Stuck in Neutral.

Ages 12+

A sixteen-year-old with schizophrenia is caught up in the events surrounding an attempted robbery by two other teens who eventually hold him hostage.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While a 16-year-old battling schizophrenia waits in a coffee shop for his mother to arrive with his medication, two boys attempt to rob the cafe and take hostages. PW called this "a vivid story of three desperate teens that recalls Robert Cormier, with its dark, disturbing theme and narrative shifts in rapid-fire succession." Ages 14-up. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, July 2003: Zach, age 16, is sitting in a coffee shop waiting for his mother to pick him up when two armed teenagers burst in to rob the place. Everyone else is terrified, but Zack doesn't freak out—he's schizophrenic, so he's not even sure the gunmen are real. He can't trust his senses, and the two imaginary "psychokiller enemies" whose voices he hears whispering evil thoughts in his head are what really make him quake. Zach has already attempted suicide, and he needs his medicine—which is rapidly wearing off—to maintain any kind of hold on reality. Compared with what's going on in Zach's mind, as he narrates his tale, the robbers aren't really threatening to him at all. So he has no trouble volunteering to be a hostage when the situation escalates, and in the process learns more about the two young gunmen. Two brothers desperately seeking money to help their impoverished, cancer-ridden mother, they are terrified themselves, and they end up turning to Zach for help when a police standoff develops. Trueman also wrote the acclaimed YA novel Stuck in Neutral, about a teenage boy severely afflicted with cerebral palsy, unable to communicate, who believes that his father wants to kill him to end his perceived suffering. Here again Trueman deals with a terrible illness and life-or-death issues. The tragic twist at the end of Inside Out, when it is revealed that Zach, who behaved so heroically in the coffee shop, has killed himself several months later, is bound to disturb readers (you certainly wouldn't want to use this book with schizophrenics). But this inside look at the mind of a schizophrenic, melodramatic as itsounds, is also a quick and riveting read, and will give readers a memorable if perturbing insight into mental illness. Some profanities. (An ALA Best Book for YAs.) KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 20??, HarperCollins, 117p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Paula Rohrlick
VOYA
Sixteen-year-old Zach suffers from schizophrenia. He hears two voices in his head, Dirtbag and Rat, whenever he needs to take his medicine. Those voices tell him to kill himself. If this condition was not enough to live with, Zach now finds himself in the middle of a holdup at the coffee shop after school. The two robbers are around Zach's age, and Zach tries to talk to them through the veil of his disease. Although his doing so tries the patience of the robbers and confuses the police outside, Zach is able in his own way to help work things out for everyone, except possibly for himself. Trueman is a master of point of view, as shown in his award-winning novel Stuck in Neutral (HarperCollins, 2000/VOYA December 2000). His research into the disease really helps make Zach's warped thought patterns believable to the reader. Every reader will have sympathy and new understanding of this devastating illness. The holdup situation makes the plot exciting as well, from the first page onward. The only weakness in this book perhaps is in the number of characters. There are several hostages in the coffee shop. The two robbers have their own story as their characters develop through Zach's eyes, somewhat late in the story. Zach's mother and doctor enter the book through memories or through phone calls into the hostage situation. Readers might not be satisfied with the information given about those two people who are integral to Zach's life. Certainly Trueman is an excellent writer. This book is highly recommended for school and public libraries as both pleasure reading or to start discussions. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; JuniorHigh, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, HarperTempest, 115p,
— Amy Alessio
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-When two teenage brothers attempt to hold up a Spokane coffee shop where Zach, 16, is waiting for his mother to bring his antipsychotic meds, he is among those held hostage. Thus begins this slender, but harrowing novel that depicts the standoff between the desperate pair and the police outside-all narrated by Zach, who is driven by impulsive outbursts, hateful voices in his head, and difficulty with processing reality. Chapters open with a brief passage that illuminates the history of his illness and suicide attempt, and interventions by his mother and psychiatrist. A phone call from the police to the robbers results in freedom for the others, but Zach, now overdue for his medicine, agrees to remain hostage. An odd bonding ensues among the troubled teens, all of whom are portrayed sympathetically. With no ammunition in their guns, the brothers are basically decent boys, scared and worried about their single mother's unemployment and cancer. Tension builds when one of them is wounded by a stray police bullet. They surrender, and Zach is reunited with his mother, his meds, and the simple comfort of a maple bar he had craved. A stark news article three months later imparts word that the unexpected hero of the crisis has committed suicide, the victim of his tragic illness. Trueman uses Zach's narration to challenge readers to feel the confusion and dark struggle of schizophrenia. The effect is disturbing, if somewhat didactic. Both the grim topic and strong language in this edgy novel suggest a mature audience.-Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A hostage in a coffee shop burglary gone wrong, narrator Zach is a schizophrenic describing events and reacting to a frightening situation with a seeming stupidity that ups the ante. Most characters are shadowy, but the two inept burglars slowly reveal themselves as victims in many ways. The events unfold with an edge of danger that provides riveting suspense. Trueman's ability to get inside the head of this unsympathetic character is slightly less successful than in his earlier Stuck in Neutral (2000), which was a Printz Honor book. There is some context from letters at the start of each chapter, but the flatness and lack of emotion that is part of a schizophrenic's outlook is distancing and often makes Zach seem unintelligent. Readers will be unprepared for the ending, but give Trueman credit for attempting to provide some empathy for the "others" of our world who are too easily dismissed and ridiculed-in a plot line that grabs and doesn't let go. (Fiction. 12+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062216977
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 159,561
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 2 MB

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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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Easy and short read.

    When i read Inside Out, I thought it was a really interesting book. Zach, a teenage boy, gets held hostage at a coffee shop where a robbery is taking place. everyone is fine but Zach. He has a dangerous mind and only medication can help him. throughout the story you begin to see things change quick. all the different attitudes of the people since the beginning of the story. This coffee shop was robbed during the day. So these people were stuck without knowing when they were going to get out. i think that a really believable part about the book was that this incident could really happen somewhere and you never know when. When i was reading i felt as if this story could be a real life story that someone was telling. The author is very good at making this seem like a real life situation. I think the genre would be drama because there is a lot taking place throughout the story. There is always different dilemas in certain places. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people who are looking for a short, yet interesting story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

    INSIDE OUT

    inside out is a great book for readers of all types. i do not read alot and i loved this book. up until this book i thought all books were boring and couldnt keep my intrests. i havent read a book legitly since 5th grade for class. even then it was captain underpants books that could only keep my attention. i am now 16 and this book kept my attention the whole way. The way the story lays out is very good and is funny the whole way through. the story of a Schizophrenic boy who gets caught up in a robbery. he thinks light of the situation an pisses the people in the store off but gets to know the robbers better than anyone else. soon he realizes that the robbers have a cause for robbing the bank and arnt just a bunch of punk kids. as time goes on zach (the one with schizophrenia) medicine begins to ware off and people start to come after him. All throughout the book he hears voices that talk to him and harrass him to his breaking point. By the end of the book Zach has learned alot about the robbers including their names wich he dosent like he likes there nicknames better and all the way to why they tried to rob the place. This was a very good book 5/5 in my opinion it will keep you attention the whole way through and have you asking for more at the end.

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

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    Inside Out

    Although "Inside Out" is not the most challenging read, the longest book, or the most detailed, it is very deep and meaningful. I enjoyed reading it a lot even though it only took me a couple hours. I never wanted it to end and wish it was longer. I wish the author would have elaborated more and drawn out the ending. "Inside Out" is about a 16 year boy named Zach who suffers from a serious mental illness called schizophrenia. Zach's mental illness inhibits him from feeling any sort of emotion such as fear or excitement. It also prevents his from being able to tell what is real or not. Sometimes Zach hears and sees things that no one else can. All of these symptoms Zach possesses can be contained as long as he takes his medicine. In order for his medicine to be effective, Zach must take it at the same time everyday. If he doesn't his schizophrenia takes hold of him. Everyday, after school, Zach meets his mom at a local coffee shop where she gives him his medicine and takes him home. Zach completely relies upon this daily routine. He has the potential to become very disoriented and dangerous to both himself and others without it but what could possibly go wrong at a coffee shop that would prevent Zach from recieving his medicine? Right? Find out what causes Zach h to spiral out of control and fall deep within a delusional state of mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    this ones got a wow factor.

    oh my god..this book was amazing..

    i read this one in just a few hours. its nice to pick up a book like this and get lost for a few hours.
    this book was truely unforgettable in ways you cannot imagine, it reminds me alot of playing in traffic {by gail giles} because of the suspence and drama and realism..I love this book..and you should try reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 20, 2013

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

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    Inside Out

    I just finished this book. It is a must read for all people. <BR/><BR/>Zach Wahhsted is a teenager with a brain that is "different" than everyone else's. He may seem useless, but he is really helpful. Not only to the hostages in the coffee shop, but also to the 2 other teens ("Frosty" and "Stormy") who are roobing the coffee shop register.

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

    Inside Out

    After years of reading I have never been so moved by a book as I am by this one. It's a about a young boy, Zach, who suffers from severe schizophrenia. His mother picks him after school everyday at 3:15 from a diner, that's when he needs to take his medicine. Zach is held hostage with other customers by two boys robbing the diner.<BR/>The story is told through Zach's thoughts. He's okay at first but as time passes his symptoms start. The mother is not allowed in and Zach needs his medicine. You can just imagine how helpless and scared his mother is for her son.<BR/>I don't know how the author was able to break my heart in just 144 pages. Twenty pages in I was still crying after I finished reading the book. I read it in an hour.<BR/>Anyone who has a family member with this illness or any mental disorder must read this book. This should be required reading for any mental health care giver. It is a vivid description of a tortured mind. Terry Trueman is an amazing author.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    My Opinion

    Title: Inside Out<BR/>Author: Terry Trueman <BR/>Mr. Trueman wrote Inside Out to let us know what it feels like to be schizophrenic. The author¿s intended audience would probably have to be teenagers. He did this so teens would get a different point of view then were they stand now, and maybe have a different sense of what it feels like to somebody else, and maybe to get a different state of mind when they make fun of somebody. In Inside Out the main character Zach Wahhsted tells the story. It is important because he is the one that has schizophrenia and it would be a totally different story if anybody else told it. <BR/>Trueman uses real life time and character¿s to make you feel like you are there, everything happens when they are supposed to. Everything in the book is accurate and believable. It makes me feel this way because everything happens in order and nothing jumps around. In Inside Out I can¿t really connect to any of the characters, I am not schizophrenic, and I have never robbed a store. I can connect with the robbery scene because I have watched ¿Law and Order¿ and in that show people are always robbing stores and threatening to shoot somebody. I think Trueman was successfully in his goals because I learned a lot about schizophrenia, and how they act. You can pretty much get the over view form this quote ¿Zach¿s prognosis, truthfully isn¿t good. Schizophrenia is incurable, while medication increases a patient¿s ability to function; Zach is unlikely to ever achieve full self-care skills. I am sorry; of course, to have to report this, but to inform you other wise would be unfair and inaccurate (Trueman).¿ I think this is the goal of Trueman because it was all about him and how he is acting in the scene. Some shows I would compare this book to would be ¿Law and Order¿ and cop shows. Some other books that would be comparable to Inside Out are any books that deal with a disease and a story line behind that and how it is to deal with that. <BR/>The significance of the title Inside Out is that his whole life if flipped inside out that he has to deal with things from inside then work out to get what the real situation is. I would recommend this book to 8th graders and up. This book is very real and you have to be able to get inside of what he is saying. I would say that Inside Out is very convincing and you get right into. You are so into that you can¿t put it down, but once you do it is over and you are happy, it is very short and right to the point. I would give Inside Out four stars out of five.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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

    Imagine being sixteen-years old, waiting patiently in a coffee shop for your mother to pick you up after work. It's just another day, until two shaken teens with guns show up and take you and a number of other patrons hostage. Suddenly there are cops surrounding the building, promising SWAT teams and armored vehicles if the hostage-takers don't give up. What sort of emotions do you feel? Fear? Anger? Disbelief? Did I mention fear? Yes, if you're a typcial sixteen-year old, those are most likely the emotions you would feel. But if you're Zach Wahhsted, a teenager suffering from schizophrenia, you don't feel much of anything at all. <BR/><BR/>Zach's days are pretty routine--he takes his medicine, he goes to school, he waits for his mom to pick him up and give him his second dose of medicine, and he hopes that the voices inside his head, dubbed Dirtbag and Rat, stay quiet. Zach does okay when he stays on his medicine, but when he suffers undue stress or situations outside of his control, what's reality and what's inside his head become harder to differentiate. <BR/><BR/>When Zach's held hostage by two teens caught up in trying to do the right thing for their mother, he doesn't know he should be scared. He doesn't understand that he's a victim. The only thing he knows is that he needs his medicine, needs to go home, needs to quiet Dirtbag and Rat before they talk him into attempting suicide once again. <BR/><BR/>INSIDE OUT, although a quick read, is supremely powerful. It's a glimpse into the mind of someone whose brain functions differently than our own; whose synapses don't fire on the same wavelengths ours do. It's a look into mental illness that will leave you wondering what you can do to be more tolerant and understanding. It is, in a word, simply amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    awesome

    i love books like this. stories that really take you into another persons perspective like this. it's so sad how it ends, but also very appropriate for the story. i really liked this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Inside out was a fantastic book.This is a book that i will never forge.I was always wondering what else was going to happen i coudnt put it down.I recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    VERY SENTIMENTAL..

    A kid named Zach, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia is caught in the situation of a robbery. He needs to get to his medicine on time. At times he didnt even know what was going on. He also shares some things that he feels which is surprising to him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    This book was an expierence that you'll never forget!!

    Inside out was an expierence that you'll never forget!.It was based on robbery in a coffee shop were a guy named Zach that has a mental problem called schizophreniam,and was waiting for his mom to come and pick him up, but 2 teenagers came in with real guns and scared everyone. They kept everybody in the coffee shop for a long time until the police would agree with an agreement and not send them to jail!!.....A LOT of action happened and kept me interested during the whole book for the whole time!!..this is a book i will recommend for everyone !!!!....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2007

    wow

    this book is a very interesting book to me because it is different and it had meaning to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2007

    The BEST!

    omg... i love this book. it kept me so interested in what was going to happen next the whole time. i think i finally found what kind of books i like. well i would love to recomend this book to people that love the suspence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    Imagine being sixteen-years old, waiting patiently in a coffee shop for your mother to pick you up after work. It's just another day, until two shaken teens with guns show up and take you and a number of other patrons hostage. Suddenly there are cops surrounding the building, promising SWAT teams and armored vehicles if the hostage-takers don't give up. What sort of emotions do you feel? Fear? Anger? Disbelief? Did I mention fear? Yes, if you're a typcial sixteen-year old, those are most likely the emotions you would feel. But if you're Zach Wahhsted, a teenager suffering from schizophrenia, you don't feel much of anything at all. Zach's days are pretty routine--he takes his medicine, he goes to school, he waits for his mom to pick him up and give him his second dose of medicine, and he hopes that the voices inside his head, dubbed Dirtbag and Rat, stay quiet. Zach does okay when he stays on his medicine, but when he suffers undue stress or situations outside of his control, what's reality and what's inside his head become harder to differentiate. When Zach's held hostage by two teens caught up in trying to do the right thing for their mother, he doesn't know he should be scared. He doesn't understand that he's a victim. The only thing he knows is that he needs his medicine, needs to go home, needs to quiet Dirtbag and Rat before they talk him into attempting suicide once again. INSIDE OUT, although a quick read, is supremely powerful. It's a glimpse into the mind of someone whose brain functions differently than our own whose synapses don't fire on the same wavelengths ours do. It's a look into mental illness that will leave you wondering what you can do to be more tolerant and understanding. It is, in a word, simply amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    Check it out

    Inside Out The book Inside Out was about a robbery that went and there was a kid that was like sick from the brain. He had like a mental condition. He like wants to kill himself all the time. He says that there are like people talking to him telling him to kill himself. I will recommend this book to 7th or 8th graders because it lets them now how some people live through in life. What I was feeling when I read the opening chapter was that I thought it was going to be boring but when I got to the middle they were in the store robbing and I couldn¿t wait to see what was going to happen next. At the end I was mad because I didn¿t want the book to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2006

    Exciting reading

    Inside Out by Terry Truman is a story based on the main character whose name is Zach. Zach is sixteen years old and has a lot of problems. He¿s on special medication to help him with his problems. The story begins with Zach going to a store to buy a maple bar and winds up getting caught in the store during a robbery. The robbers¿ names are Allan and Joey and they aren¿t the bad people you think they would be. As time passes they feel sorry for everyone involved but it¿s just that they¿ll do anything to help their mom. They let all the other hostages go, but Zack decides to stay. As the book says, ¿Zach doesn¿t have a gun and no common sense, but a brain more dangerous than any gun¿. Zack knows he¿s in danger but it isn¿t half as bad as it could be. He became friends with Allan and Joey. The robbers and Zack seemed to have some things in common. For one thing they were the pretty much the same age. Most of all, Allan and Joey know robbing someone is wrong and they feel bad about it. They would do just about anything to help financially support their mother whose sick. The police eventually come and that is what really brought the heat. The police tried to convince Allan and Joey to surrender but they didn¿t want to. One policeman shot Allan without the order and that scared Allan and Joey and that¿s when they decided they couldn¿t surrender. Allan and Joey eventually surrendered thanks to the doctor who comes to help Allan. He convinces them to sign a contract saying they admit they committed the crime and they will pay the consequences for it. As much as they wanted to help their mom, they knew the police were going to get them and they wanted to make sure Zack was okay. This book has a number eight on a scale of one to ten in my opinion. It also has very good characters in the book. Something mind-blowing is written on every page. It¿s the kind of book you want to read. The plot of the robbery made sense and was well written. It was a hard book to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    Keeps you reading until the end!

    This isnt't one of Terry Trueman's best books, but it is not as bad as you would think. This book is suspenseful and interesting. As a student, I believe that the book is captivating. It captures your attention the moment you read the first sentence. The only downside to this book is the language and the tragic ending. This book wouldn't be a good read for younger children, because of the words and language that it is written in. The other downside is the tragic ending. You read the book, but the ending can be disappointing to those who like happy endings. Overall it is a good read, and I recommend it mostly to high school students or adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2005

    Awesome, wonderful book, except, sadly, for the language....

    I must say, this book was amazing. I read it in probably under two hours and when I was done I was practically left out of breath. It was a book I totally got lost in (which I love) and it's ending was so very tragically sad. The only thing about this book that was a turn-off was the amount of language. As a Christian and just a teen, I did not like that at all. I think if the language in the book wasn't there it would probably be my favorite book. So, use discretion :)...God bless! Psalm 150:6-'Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!'

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