Stuck in Neutral (Stuck in Neutral Series #1)

Stuck in Neutral (Stuck in Neutral Series #1)

by Terry Trueman
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Big-Mac More than 1 year ago
Stuck in neutral is a great book about a kid with disabilities. It is very interesting to see what the world might be like in the mind of a disabled kid like Sean. When Sean was born his father left him but, when Sean was older his father came back and wanted to,” put Sean out of his pain”. You will have to read the book to discover the crazy twist in this interesting thriller. I really liked this book because, I think it is very interesting to picture the world through a kid like Sean’s eyes. It was also interesting to hear his comments and wonder if disabled people really think like that. I dislike this book for only one reason, because there wasn’t enough to read! I would really recommend this book because it is really a great book and has plenty of drama. It is really a fun book and I would recommend it to almost all readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book may be the best book I've ever read in my entire life, and as an avid reader, I take this statement very seriously! I have never thought so much while reading a book as I did with this one. It's an emotional ride, but 1,000% worth your time! Don't pass this one up!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stuck in Neutral Have you ever taken the time to think about other people who are different than you? Some people might, but many probably really don¿t realize what others go through. I have just finished reading Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman. If you enjoy reading books that make you think, then I would recommend this book. I would really recommend it to everyone it¿s the type of book that once you start to read you don¿t want to stop. As I said before, many people don¿t realize what others go through. This book is about a fourteen year old boy named Shawn who has cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a condition where the person has no control over the body functions and cannot move, talk or do anything by themselves. In this book, Shawn¿s father is thinking about killing him, saying ¿[m]aybe you¿d be better off if I ended you pain (21).¿ This is what his father told him, without knowing that Shawn can actually hear him. The significance of the book¿s title Stuck in Neutral is that Shawn¿s life is as if he was literally ¿stuck in neutral¿ because he doesn¿t have control over his life and can¿t stand up for himself. I believe that the author¿s purpose in writing is to make people who read his book think. The writer wrote this book because he has a son who is in the same condition as Shawn. The author wanted to invent a character and a world which might be based on how life might be like for his son Sheehan. I believe that the author¿s intended audience in reading would be all ages, because he wants people to realize that others who are in the same situation as Shawn need to be treated with respect, even if they might not be able to understand or hear you. The author interpreted the character¿s situation in this story by showing what others think of him and what he thinks. This character was mainly based on the author¿s own son because they are in the same situation, but the author also added parts that he thinks could happen. The whole story seems like it could happen and just seems so realistic. The narrator¿s point of view is mainly that everyone thinks he is a ¿retard¿ because of intelligence tests that show his brain does not function properly. The person telling the story is Shawn, the one they say doesn¿t have a properly functioning brain. He¿s actually really smart, however he just can¿t talk and do things for himself. I feel that it is important that Shawn is telling the story because that is what makes it so interesting. It makes you think, ¿What if people who were in the same condition as Shawn really did know what was going on, but couldn¿t do anything about it?¿ In this book, I really couldn¿t connect to any of the characters. Paul, Shawn¿s older brother,sneaks him potato chips once in awhile behind their mother¿s back If I were in Paul¿s place, I could see myself doing that also. I think that the author was successful with his goals in writing the book. I believe that I did learn what the author wanted me to learn because it¿s true. We can¿t answer questions like, ¿Does he like potato chips and rock and roll?¿ We just don¿t know if people that are mentally challenged understand what we tell them or if they have the capability of feelings like we do. I think that the author wants his readers to realize these things. Hopefully, the readers will treat people who are in the same situation as Shawn with respect instead of treating them like they¿re a doll or something after all they are human beings. My final conclusions about the book are that it really makes you think and realize, ¿What if?¿ From when I started the book, I didn¿t want to stop reading it kept me thinking throughout the whole book. I do agree with the message that we don¿t know what others in the same situation as Shawn know, and we can¿t answer questions for them. We don¿t know if they understand us. We can just hope they do and hope they feel all our love for them. I did like the ending, but at the same time I would have liked if it
HARNAK2850 More than 1 year ago
"My name is Shawn McDaniel. I'm 14 years old. I think my father is planning to kill me." As can be seen, Terry Truman's "Stuck in Neutral" is about a mental boy who thinks his father is planning to kill him. With believable as well as sensitive characters, a tragic plot, and a universal theme makes Terry Truman's "Stuck in Neutral" an over all great, attention grabbing, as well as emotional book. Terry Truman makes the main characters, Shawn McDaniel and Sydney E. McDaniel, believable as well as sensitive. To me, these characters are sensitive because Shawn loves everyone. The father, Sydney E. McDaniel, wants to kill his son because it was painful to see Shawn go through his misery. The author makes the plot of the book "Stuck in Neutral" tragic. In this story a mentally ill kid finds out his father might kill him but throughout the story he says he doesn't want to die. The father did not want to kill him, but seeing his child suffer throughout the day was painful for him to watch. KLIATT, a critique, said, "...heart-rending, this novel was written by the [father] of such a child, as [he] explains in an author's note at the end. This book will provoke thought and discussion..." Terry Truman's message for the book is universal. Generally speaking, the message Terry Truman tried to send was that people aren't as they appear. This theme is universal because it can affect anyone. I think that this is the theme because in the story the father appeared to be intelligent, passionate, and smart in front of everyone. Later in the story the father's grief got the best of him. The father didn't appear as he was in the beginning because in the beginning he didn't want to kill his son and now he does. Terry Truman "Stuck in Neutral" is a spell binding, mournful, five star books because of the tear-jerking plot, the cast of sensitive, characters, and a theme that applies to anyone. This book, by Terry Truman, would make readers want to cry and make them want to stay all night reading this book. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy emotional books because the way the boy talks about his father knowing his father will kill him is very sad.
AustinJ1121 More than 1 year ago
I read how this book for summer reading because it has a smaller book. But this book showa how the life of a disabled person lives daily. Shawn McDaniel, who has Cerebal Polsy. He lives with his mom,brother, and sister. His dad walked out on him when he was six, because he couldn't handle taking care of disabled person. This book shows the reader what disabled people do day after day,and how hard there life is. Read the book to find out the rest of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review Outline Book title and author: Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman Title of review: Stuck in Neutral book review Introduction A boy named Shawn has a disease to where he cannot move anything. He thinks his dad is making a plan to kill him. Description and summary of main points A boy named Shawn has a disease and cannot move or talk. Evaluation I think this book is really worth reading. It is a very good book. I would highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stuck in Neutral is a book about a 14 year old boy named Shawn, and he has Cerebral Palsy. He isn't capable of interacting physically or verbally to anyone. In reality, he considers himeself a genious. He knows how to do most of the things other people can do, but he has no one of letting anyone know. He lives with his Mother, Sister, and Brother. His father walked out on them a while ago because he wasn't able to cope with Shawn's problem. The story is set in Seattle. The book is quite depressing in the way it shows what his life must be like, trapped inside a body that won't let him express himself. However, it is also very enlightening, encouraging the reader to imagine what someone in that situation might feel. Shawn is almost posotive that his father, a poet, want't to put him out of his misery by murdering him. His dad feels like he would be doing the right thing, but Shawn explains in the story that he's not ready to die, and give up so easily. He want's people to know how educated he is, and what they see isn't really what he is. The books ends with Shawn being so sure that his father is about to kill him, then suddenly he gets a seizure and no ones knows exactly what happened. I thought it was a weak ending to an amazing book, which is a shame. Maybe the author wants the readers to create their own ending? Because I know I did. This story is very dramatic, and far to believable. I would recommend it to anyone.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
This book is short but so thought provoking. It's written in first person in Shawn's voice. Shawn has cerebral palsy and cannot control any of his muscles. He cannot communicate with anyone, and, yet, he has a great attitude and a full understanding of the world around him. I enjoyed learning about the ways that Shawn was like every other teenage boy and hearing about his struggles and those of his family because of his condition. Shawn loves his brother, sister, and his parents. His father left the family when Shawn was young because he could not stand seeing Shawn in pain everyday. And now he wants to compassionately kill Shawn, so he won't suffer anymore. But Shawn doesn't want to die. He likes his life. He loves his seizures. That was perhaps the most interesting bit of all, but I won't spoil it with an explanation. This book is humorous despite the heavy content. It's very well written, and it made a great audiobook. It's a perfect book club book because there is SO much to discuss. I highly recommend it. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/10/reading-together-ya-book-stuck-in.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi. Awesome book.i guess ill go now.
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Had to read it for school
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stuck in Neutral was a great book that got me thinking and gave me a new perspective on how I look at people who are mentally challenged. It makes me think that they are not just a person that is without a mind, but that they may be abnormally intelligent. The main character Shawn McDaniel has his own world in his head and wonders how it would feel to be “normal”. He gives you the insight on how a mentally challenged person thinks and lives. This is a great book and would recommend it to anybody.
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kenken22 More than 1 year ago
the book stuck in neutral is about a fourteen year old boy named shawn. he suffers from cerebral palsy. i liked the book because it made me feel like i was actually in the book experiencing what shawn was. i loved how the author made everything in real life. i didnt like that the ending at all and i thought that they should have taken more tests on him so they could see how smart he really was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stuck in Neutral is a story about a kid that can not talk or express his feelings. He is like an aver age teenage boy and has the same thoughts, some of them are odd, but funny. He is in a wheel chair. He rides in a van. He also has a sister , that brings her friends over and he has a crush on some of them. It was a funny book it has a good meaning to it. I did not like the end you do not know what happens. Its great for teens or preteens. It is an over all great book and it you get the chance to read it do it.
crazigilli More than 1 year ago
In my last class of the day, I finished this book. I read the last page, blinked, read it again, threw the book down (completely frusterated) and cried. My school's book club read this book together this month. My librarian reccommended it because she said it truely moved her. This book is about someone who has a very different perspective on the world than you and I. I could not imagine what it would be like, unable to speak, move, or control my eyes. Reading this book, however, made me think. The story was an emotional rollercoaster for me: there were parts where I was so disgusted with the father and sister that I wanted to throw the book across the room and scream at them for being so ignorent.. and there were parts where I cried from the love that his family showed to him, from his brother protecting him, to his mom patiently feeding him. I sincerely reccomend this book to the brave, who are not afraid to think.
Ronny52 More than 1 year ago
Stuck in Neutral was a great book and also an easy read. Terry Trueman did great job illustrating the mind of a 14 year old boy, which played a big part in this book. There were a lot of surprises and even some humor that made me laugh. Sometimes I felt bad for Shawn, it made me think about my life and how I should be thankful for what I have. Trueman makes you wonder if people like Shawn really do have thoughts about life or if they really are just "vegetables". Its kind of a scary thought that if people with cerebral palsy do have feelings, what gives us a right to choose whether they should live or not. I just could not put the book down, I read it in one night! The ending just kept me thinking I loved it. I really recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stuck in nuetral is a story about a teenage boy shawn who has cerebral palsy and loves life. Everybody thinks he's retarded but he is actually really smart. His dad has a gut feeling on killing shawn to release his "suffering." Wouldn't recommend reading it because it is very slow reading and focuses to much on his disesase. No real climax and characters are petrayed well (no individuality). Six traits did not match with the story line. Not enough dialogue more like a journal on shawn's thoughts. Overall I would recommend not reading it. I give it two stars out of five.
Mrastonsclass More than 1 year ago
Stuck in Neutral is a very emotional book. It makes you feel sad yet somehow happy at the same time. I found it very stimulating and it made me think. I imagined what the main character, Shawn, felt like living with cerebral palsy. Also that it must be horrible and very sad for him and his parents to go through that kind of life. But Shawn is special because he is very smart and his parents and friends think that he cannot comprehend and cannot understand. But what they don't know is that he can. Imagine how that would make you feel if you or one of your family members or friends had this same disease and could not communicate to you. This book will really catch your eye because it is something that goes on in everyday life. People have to deal with this kind of disease and it affects them just like how it affects Shawn. Stuck in Neutral is a very entertaining book. It has many key features that make the book stand above all the rest. Some people will relate to what Shawn's parents,and tot hose people this book will be emotional.
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MsTiptress More than 1 year ago
An outstanding spine tingling glimpse into the underside of Cerebral Palsy.Shawn is a fascinating character, but beyond character. A real live breathing person.Something that will stick with me every waking day. I fell in love with Shawn and was astonished by his way of thinking, his way of expressing himself. This is truly an amazing story. Remarkable and worthy of your every minute and more to come.
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* "My name is Shawn McDaniel. I'm 14 years old. I think my father is planning to kill me." As can be seen, Terry Truman's "Stuck in Neutral" is about a mental boy who thinks his father is planning to kill him. With believable as well as sensitive characters, a tragic plot, and a universal theme makes Terry Truman's "Stuck in Neutral" an over all great, attention grabbing, as well as emotional book. Terry Truman makes the main characters, Shawn McDaniel and Sydney E. McDaniel, believable as well as sensitive.These characters are believable because, like Shawn some people are mentally ill and most all dads care about their sons. To me, these characters are sensitive because Shawn loves everyone. The father, Sydney E. McDaniel, wants to kill his son because it was painful to see Shawn go through his misery. Kirkus Review says, "Shawn will stay with readers, not for what he does, but for what he is and has made of himself." Another critique is a School Library Journal, "The character of Shawn, compassionately drawn, will challenge them to look beyond people's surfaces." The author makes the plot of the book "Stuck in Neutral" tragic. In this story a mentally ill kid finds out his father might kill him but throughout the story he says he doesn't want to die. KLIATT, a critique, said, "...heart-rending, this novel was written by the [father] of such a child, as [he] explains in an author's note at the end. This book will provoke thought and discussion..." Another critique Paulette, a student review, Building Rainbows, "This book just makes you want to keep flipping the pages. It's one of those books that get you saying,"I wonder what's going to happen next. This book also shows you how to have faith in yourself. Believe in yourself." Terry Truman's message for the book is universal.I think that this is the theme because in the story the father appeared to be intelligent, passionate, and smart in front of everyone. Later in the story the father's grief got the best of him. The father didn't appear as he was in the beginning because in the beginning he didn't want to kill his son and now he does. Terry Truman "Stuck in Neutral" is a spell binding, mournful, five star books because of the tear-jerking plot, the cast of sensitive, characters, and a theme that applies to anyone. This book, by Terry Truman, would make readers want to cry and make them want to stay all night reading this book. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy emotional books because the way the boy talks about his father knowing his father will kill him is very sad.