Inside Out

Inside Out

by Terry Trueman
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Inside Out 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Nicki123 More than 1 year ago
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.
Da_Boss More than 1 year ago
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.
complete_cliche More than 1 year ago
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.
Marin More than 1 year ago
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.
Silk11590 More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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CHOLE More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book. It is a must read for all people.

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.
Jhordan More than 1 year ago
Title: Inside Out
Author: Terry Trueman
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.
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.
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 !!!!....
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is a very interesting book to me because it is different and it had meaning to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was interesting..but not very long. I felt that the author did an excellent job of developing the main character...would recommend to anyone looking for a good, quick read