What does the character say in Stuck in Neutral? What dialogue reveals the character's personality? How does the character speak?

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In Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman, protagonist Shawn McDaniel has the disease cerebral palsy. In the book, he says that he is considered stupid. The dialogue with his family and others reveals his personality as an adolescent. Shawn speaks informally. With an ironic sense of humor, he shows...

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In Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman, protagonist Shawn McDaniel has the disease cerebral palsy. In the book, he says that he is considered stupid. The dialogue with his family and others reveals his personality as an adolescent. Shawn speaks informally. With an ironic sense of humor, he shows his awareness of his medical and social situation:

Yep, according to the world I'm dumb as a fence post. I've heard the docs explain why they think I'm so stupid to my parents and my parents explain it to their friends about a trillion times. They think it's because my brain doesn't work. They don't know that this is only partially true.

Shawn speaks of some typical complaints of people suffering from disabilities—and, in particular, mental disability:

I hate that word "special" when it's applied to people. As in, "he's a very special person."

Shawn speaks with the attitude of someone who has had serious problems, yet also considers himself a regular person. With frequent sarcasm and a sense of humor, he shows the complicated relationships both within himself and with his social groups.

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