Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

Laughing at My Nightmare

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what ...

Details Laughing at My Nightmare

TitleLaughing at My Nightmare
Release DateOct 14th, 2014
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Biography

Reviews Laughing at My Nightmare

  • Sheena
    I was able to get an advanced copy of this book through netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Being a person with MD, I could relate to many of the things Shane discussed in his book. While I am still able to do many things for myself I do have to rely on other people for help sometimes and know how frustrating it is. I also deal with people staring because of the way I sit in my chair or being talked to like I'm 3. So much of his book hit...
  • Barb Middleton
    Twenty-one year old Shane Burcaw's acerbic, raunchy, cussing look at life from a person with a debilitating disease, is written to teenagers with an authentic voice and good message, but it is flawed by its negative stereotype and insensitivity toward people that suffer from mental challenges. Shane is only affected physically and ironically he perpetuates stereotypes in his comments about those with mental disabilities. Shane is a courageous kid...
  • Jess
    Got this from Netgalley!So, first I have to say that this book would definitely be rated R for profanity and some sexual situations. As a middle-aged Mormon pediatric nurse with five kids, this is not particularly my cup of tea. Despite those things, I loved this book for it's message of using humor and optimism to enjoy life and be thankful for it no matter what your circumstance. Shane was born with spinal muscular atrophy, which is when the bo...
  • Jenna Buss
    This book was hilarious, and I cannot fathom how Shane stays so upbeat and positive when he is living with such a life threatening disease (spinal muscular atrophy). He is such an inspiration for people who have many hardships in their lives. For any of you who are wondering, this is a real life autobiography written by Shane Burcaw. Shane has his own blog as well as half a million followers. Again, this book was hilarious, and I found myself lau...
  • Amy
    Really, 2.5 stars. Oh Goodreads, when will you give us the half-star option.I started out really liking this book. Burcaw's philosophy of "will this matter ten years from now" and "is there anything I can do about it" echoes things I try to pound into my students' skulls. And I was really excited to potentially share this book with them.But...Then I hit the chapters about the bus and the PE class. I'm not sure why to include the chapter about the...
  • Joyce Yattoni
    I loved this very honest, if not raw autobiography of Shane Burcaw who is living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. He details a life of very funny moments balanced by those scary, real life moments for a person living with this disease. His approach to life is refreshing. I would love to put this book in the hands of my mature middle school readers who seem to carry the weight of their problems and family problems around with them every day. He asks ...
  • Kristina Weber, Ph.D.
    It took me a few days to let this one marinate before writing a review. I know that my opinion of it is different than most others here on goodreads, but it left a sour taste in my mouth. Shane (and friends) considers himself to be a champion for disabled people, a breath of fresh air, etc. But throughout the book, he reiterates that he does not like other disabled people. In fact, they sicken him. After a little internet searching, I found that ...
  • Ken
    This will certainly be the most usual YA in your collection. The author, 21-years-young, has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and has been wheelchair-bound all of his life. He started a blog and, the Internet being the wonderful world that it is, the blog took off. Why? Shane Burcaw has a sense of humor, AND he puts his predicament in perspective.For some, the book might cross well into TMI territory -- you know, way too much information, from the l...
  • Twyla
    Okay, I wasn't going to review this book, but several days after reading it I still feel aggravated, so I'm going to reduce my review by a star and say why.I'd probably have liked this book if the author wasn't a jerk. Now, I'm an equal-opportunity jerk-hater, so his disability shouldn't enter into it... But the way he treats other people, particularly the other kids he's been in close contact with who have mental disability, place him squarely i...
  • Kristina
    "None of us are normal. I have a diseas that's causing my muscles to waste away. I don't know if I'l be alive in ten years. I'm afraid to die. There are tons of annoying, aggravating, onoxious, and difficult things about living with SMA. But you know what? Life is still f-ing awesome. Every single one of us has problems. That's part of being alive. The beauty begins when you connect with other people and realize that we're all in the same boat. O...
  • Donna Gephart
    This wonderful memoir hit all the right notes. It wasn't super sad because Shane Burcaw is wicked funny. It wasn't full of platitudes because Shane's 100% honest and holds nothing back. It was a warm, funny, honest book about a really cool guy, his family, friends and girlfriend. It was about his ambitions and limitations and the way he lives his life. When Shane revealed his deepest fears and greatest joys, I related to all of it. After reading ...
  • Augie Staudacher
    I wish I could give this book 6 stars! I have always wondered what people with disabilities that confine them to a wheelchair think and do. This book gave a great insight to what Shane goes through everyday. Shane lives with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and explain everything thing he has to do to make his life as normal as could be. But why would he want to be normal when he could change lives? Shane is able to talk to people and change their lives o...
  • Huda
    You gotta admire his sense of humor, as he laughs at his nightmare. Thank you Shane.
  • Lori
    I was pleased to be a good reads first reads winner of the book "Laughing at My Nightmare" by Shane Burcaw. I have an "ARC" copy of this book. I am amazed at Shane. He was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. one of the Muscular Dystrophy. He was 21 when he wrote this book a year ago. Shane has a wonderful sense of humor that shows in this memoir. He has dealt with a lot his whole life. spent most of it in a wheel chair. SMA is a vicious neurologic...
  • Jamie
    This book stayed with me for a long time after I finished. Imagine a memoir by a regular teenage boy. He wants girls, he thinks about sex and other bodily functions, he hangs out with his friends. Now add a degenerative muscular disease, one he has essentially had for his entire life. Burcaw is inspirational in the most unsappy way possible and you WILL become invested in his story and life.
  • Nancy Steinle gummel
    Laughing at my Nightmare by Shane Burcaw is a first reads win and I'm giving my honest opinion. Shane also has a blot with the same name as the title of the book. He has a form of muscular dystrophy. He's been in a wheelchair since he was three. This book tells of his attempts to live a normal life. Sometimes it works out, other times not so good. He had me laughing in parts but in tears at his frustrations at other times. I highly recommend this...
  • Julie
    This is definitely a high school book, as he likes to share a lot of details about some of his "experiences". However it is a very real, humorous look at the life of a boy who is not letting the limitations of his body rule his life.
  • Kaitlin Ronan
    I chose to read this book because I'm always looking for ways to better understand students with disabilities. I have a minor in Special Educations, and I want to know more about how to help students with disabilities in my future class. This book, albeit a bit crude, was very enlightening. It taught me a lot about the personal interactions of people in wheelchairs, especially in the schoolroom. It gave me some ideas for teaching students with ph...
  • Deseree Jones
    I thought this book was pretty good. I have a debilitating chronic illness myself, and I could relate to a certain point. I am one who deals with my struggles with humor as well, so I could appreciate that in this book quite a bit. i think he wrote just the right amount of humor and "real" stuff when he was talking about the details of his disease. I enjoy how he sheds light of everyday occurrences and how they are completely different for someon...
  • Alicia
    Having met him at an author/publisher dinner for the launch of his second book, I realized I'd never read the book though I recommend it and it sits in our biographies. So I realized I wanted to read the first one before embarking on the second and the first part of the title is spot-on, I literally laughed out loud (like in Born a Crime too) with his witty explanations that evolved past seeing him without his wheelchair and the antics, charades,...
  • Cailynn
    I really enjoyed this informational novel. Shane Burcaw has an amazing way of dealing with life with poise and humor. I am minoring in Special Education, and have seen a few movies and documentaries focusing on people with SMA. Throughout the entire book, Burcaw shines a positive light on his life and the disease he has to face every single day. I really enjoyed the honesty Burcaw included in his book. Nothing was sugar coated, which gives the re...
  • Samantha Mestnik
    Shane Burcaw did a really good job opening up his world to his viewers and being honest when talking about SMA. He did not sugar coat anything instead he was brutally honest with what he has to deal with and his emotions on a day to day. This book is great for a wide variety of people because it educates people who do not know much about spinal muscular atrophy or people in wheelchairs in general and it also gives hope to those with chronic illne...
  • Ryan Reszka
    This book is a great way to show that you can over come anything if you try hard enough. Life can be difficult but you just have to make due. I enjoy this book because it relates to me in a lot of ways. I get knocked down but sometimes I don't always get picked back up. This book taught me always get back up no matter what because there will be better days. This book represents words of the wiser because Shane Burcaw explains how to get back up a...
  • Kristy
    Spinal muscular atrophy. Potentially coming to a newborn screening program near you. Seeing the medical, clinical and public health impacts me every day so it is nice to learn more about the people affected and who live every day as positive as Shane.
  • Olwen
    Yes, this book really will make you laugh! Enjoy Shane's often hilarious recollections about his life, how he negotiates the wheelchair, and relationships too. Thoroughly enjoyed this read.
  • Patrick
    While living with something like SMA is crushing, Shane is able to make it absolutely hilariou
  • Lexi
    This was seriously the funniest book I’ve read in awhile. Possibly ever
  • Mike Kriznar
    Michael J. Kriznar Laughing at My Own Nightmare This book is about the author, Shane Burcaw. It is a well written book illustrating how someone with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) lives. At the age of two, Shane was diagnosed with this disease and in a wheel chair. Shane describes his life living with SMA and the development of friendships and relationship with his girlfriend. He uses humor and lot of foul language, which I didn’t appreciate, n...
  • NebraskaIcebergs
    The majority of young adult books featuring a character with a disability are written by an author who does not have any special needs. The majority of these books also make the character a token one, where the character is intended only to build sympathy. Laughing at my Nightmare by Shane Burcaw is a wonderful exception in two ways. First, Burcaw was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at age two and so brings personal insights into having a ...
  • Lindi
    Have you ever felt like you relied on others too much? To the point where you didn’t feel dependent for yourself anymore? Well this is how the author (main character), Shane Burcaw feels. In order for him to get through life, others are needed. The fame all started for him by his blog, that made him interested in writing this book. Through his book, he is trying to make others realize there is little time in life so enjoy it. He wrote this book...