Laughing At My Nightmare Hardcover

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 it is like to have a life threatening disease.




“With reflections camouflaged in wisecracks, Burcaw demonstrates that a little humor goes a long way.”

– Kirkus Review


“It’s engaging, inspirational, and eye-opening.”

– Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


“Laughing at My Nightmare is an unforgettable memoir.”

– VOYA, Starred Review


“Burcaw has spent most of his life in a wheelchair with progressively debilitating spinal muscular atrophy, but instead of soberly presenting the ups and downs of a potentially bleak existence, he pens an uplifting, laugh-out-loud memoir that calls out the absurdity of his circumstances, and the joy he finds in the everyday.”

– Booklist


“Burcaw’s narrative will resonate with readers, who will laugh along with the funny stories, cringe at the awkward moments, and tear up at the emotionally charged parts. A poignant story that provides a fresh perspective on life.”

– School Library Journal

Laughing At My Nightmare Hardcover

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