Did Shawn die at the end of Stuck in Neutral?
The ending of the story is ambiguous, meaning that the author leaves it to the reader to decide if Shawn dies nor not. In the last paragraph of the book, Shawn's father is sitting in the room with him, a pillow on his lap. Shawn feels a seizure coming on, and as he surrenders to it, he wonders, "What will my dad do?" Shawn reflects that whatever happens, it will be all right, and on that note, the story ends.
The author leaves the ending completely open-ended, providing evidence that can be used either way, whether the reader decides that Shawn lives or dies. Shawn's father's words in the minutes leading up to the end show that he is clearly still wrestling...
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