Monday, July 4, 2011

Book review: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Title: Out of My Mind
Publisher: Atheneum
Date: Mar. 9th, 2010
Pages: 295
ISBN:  9781416971702
Source: Library
Purchase: Out of My Mind

Summary from GoodReads:

Out of My Mind
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write.Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.
From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.
My Thoughts:

When I first picked up Out Of My Mind, I wasn't really sure about it. I don't make a habit of reading about 11 year old girls, I'm more into the teen books ( 16, 17, 18). But after reading the first few chapters I KNEW that I had to finish. Without giving too much away ( because this is a book you NEED to read).
We meet Melody right off the bat, and though the story is told completely from her point of view, you can almost feel everything that she is feeling and even a little of what the other characters are feeling. 
I fell in love with Melody and her struggles to get everyone around her to understand that yes, she may be disabled ( physically) but her mind is a vast place and she isn't dumb like most seem to think.  We get a back story of everything that Melody can remember, all the way up until she actually gets to go to "regular" classes at her public school. The way that Draper wrote the kids in the school is exactly how I see most kids acting around other kids with disabilities. Though a times I wanted to knock the kids and even some of the teachers in the back of the head, i kept reading just hoping that they would come around.
This is a very touching read and I know that I am going to purchase a copy for my daughter to read. Maybe this will help her and other children to see that just because someone is in a wheelchair, or can't talk, or even walk; that they can be one of the best friends that you could ever have. And maybe just maybe, we could all learn something from them.

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