Author: Sharon Draper
Genre: Teen Fiction, General Fiction
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
ISBN-13 Book: 9781416971702
Source: I checked out a copy from my local library. This is my honest review!
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Melody is eleven years old and has cerebral palsy. She cannot speak, move, or eat on her own. Sometimes she may even drool, but don’t underestimate this feisty girl. Beneath the body that barely works is a brain that never stops. Melody has a photographic memory, and all she wants is to be able to share her ideas, thoughts, and feelings with those around her. When she suddenly gains the ability to speak through a medical device, some people aren’t thrilled with what she has to say.
Melody is a brilliant character. Although she is trapped in her body she is such a smart girl. People constantly underestimate her because they can only see the outside. That was what makes this book such a winner, we see things from Melody’s perspective from inside her head.
The changing point in this story is when Melody finally gets a computer that allows her to talk and share her thoughts and ideas, people start seeing that Melody isn’t what they thought. She is smart and some find that threatening.
This book was fantastic. You could understand and sympathize with Melody’s frustrations; of having thoughts and feelings and not being able to share them and of being constantly underestimated because of your outward appearance.
I loved that Melody had champions who were both encouraging and willing to fight for her. They spoke for her and stood up for her. Mrs. V., Catherine, and her mother were wonderful characters. Even though they had difficulty understanding her at times these three wonderful characters never gave up on Melody.
This book was intelligently written and quite an eye opener—I would expect nothing less from Sharon Draper. It is something that I want to put in the hands of every teen and adult I meet. This book is one that everyone should read. It reminds us that we shouldn’t underestimate someone’s abilities or intelligence just because of their outward appearance.
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