Trueman, Terry. Cruise control.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

TRUEMAN, Terry. Cruise control. HarperCollins. 160p. c2004. 0-06-623960-5. $15.99. (Lib. ed.: 0-06-623961-3. $16.89). JS*

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 Rill 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...

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