Saturday, October 18, 2008

Book Review: Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

Stuck in Neutralis an interesting look inside the mind of a young boy suffering from cerebral palsy and unable to speak or communicate in any way. Shawn, despite what many people assume about him, does have thoughts and feelings and even managed to learn how to read. But, it is hard for his father to deal with Shawn's limitations, because he doesn't know how Shawn feels or what he knows and understands.

A really interesting attempt to understand what a person suffering from this disease might think and feel. I found the views of his father to be difficult to swallow, but probably because I knew about Shawn. The ending is very open to interpretation, making it even more powerful.

s-factor: !@

Some language.

mrg-factor: X
He has a teenage boy mind.

v-factor: none

Overall rating: ****

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