Cruise Control, by Terry Trueman, is listed on the front cover as “A companion to the Printz honor book Stuck in Motion.” However, the material itself is worth reading if only because it is written from a new perspective.
Reading from the back cover, the reader’s attention is instantly grabbed by “My only brother is a veg, Yep, a full-fledged, drooling, fourteen-year-old idiot,”. Reading further, one quickly determines that conflict is going to be a good part of this book. After all, when someone has a family member is seriously disabled, coping from day to day can take anyone quickly to the breaking point.
Paul, the older brother and narrator, has enough problems to deal with when he tells his own story. A high school senior, the best way for him to get into college is by means of a basketball scholarship. Luckily for him, he is captain and pretty much the star of the team. Paul and Shawn’s dad, Sydney left when the pressure of taking care of a disabled son became overwhelming.
Paul might not be inclined to agree, but he is not the only one having problems. At least one other basketball team member is in a bad family situation. Only that one is a lot worse.
Trueman makes adolescent angst meaningful in this book.