Monday Book Review: The Squeaky Wheel

The Squeaky Wheel- An Unauthorized Autobiography



This one is a memoir, so it’s a little bit different from the romances I often review. It’s the story of how a young man goes in for an easy surgery and comes out a quadriplegic.

The Good:

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. New injury stories are ¬†not my favorite and I was worried that it would be very bitter and angry. It wasn’t. It wasn’t exactly chipper either, but I felt like it really captured this young man’s experience perfectly (not easy to do, even when you’re telling your own story!).

It’s easy (for me, anyway) to forget that a disabled person often started out able-bodied and doesn’t know what to make of a sudden change like this. This book better than any other I’ve seen makes the reader feel that surprise, makes the reader understand that this really can happen to anyone at any moment.

But life goes on and we get to see a large story of a really big chunk of someone’s life.

The Bad:

The structure can be¬†unwieldy¬†at times (it is over 400 pages!), but it really didn’t bother me because I was so¬†fascinated¬†by the story. There’s a lot of fast glossing over of things because it’s very difficult to squeeze an entire life into a book.

It is not great literature, but it is straightforward and clear writing. The humor is interjected as comments on various absurdities and it gives a great sense of the author’s personality.

It could benefit from being more, well, story. More scene setting, more showing rather than telling. But that’s holding it to the standard of a novel rather than judging it on what it is, a memoir.

Yummy Hero Factor:

This not being a romance I can’t really say much here. The main character is well rounded and likable, but I didn’t find the reading to be a sexy experience.

Great Line:

“…after acquiring a disability and enduring 12 years of discrimination, degradation, injustice, ignorance and inquisition by individuals, businesses, and¬†government¬†because of¬†having¬†a disability, i was driven into law school. And now, I’m going to get even.”


Memoir is difficult to do and I think it’s done quite well here. It’s a story well worth reading and by the end I had tears of joy in my eyes. I highly recommend!

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