Out Of My Mind 5/5 *****
Sharon M. Draper- Realistic Fiction
"Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don't realize the real power of words. But I do. Thoughts need words. Words need a voice."
Imagine being unable to walk, talk, go to the bathroom alone, or feed yourself without the aid of others. You drool on yourself, kick and scream when you're frustrated or excited, and no one knows what you want or need because you can't tell them. This is life as Melody knows it. She has Cerebral Palsy and lives life as a prisoner in her own body.
Out of My Mind is an eye-opening read about the trials and tribulations someone with disabilities faces. We've all done it, whether we want to admit it or not, we see someone in a wheelchair, soiling themselves with spit, unable to speak or move without assistance and we assume their unintelligent. This is simply not true. Melody may not have the outward appearance of a highly intelligent individual, but she most certainly is just that. In fact, she has a photographic memory and her ability to learn, to absorb information, is far superior to others. The difference is she can't verbalize her knowledge or her desire to learn more. That is until she is introduces to Elvira.
This book is not a challenging read, but it's a very meaningful and insightful read. I found myself shedding a few tears while reading (which was slightly embarrassing since I was in a bowling alley watching my husband compete) but holding my emotions back just wasn't an option. I highly, highly recommend picking up this book. It just might change the way you think about those with disabilities, or how those of us with working limbs and functioning bodies may take everyday activities for granted.
For the critics of this book; Yes, there were some grammatical errors and some quirky language choices such as the word "tight" used in the same context as the word "cool" would be, to describe something as being fun or "in style," but the books content and message are so much more important than those issues.
Other Books By Sharon M. Draper
The Memory Box 2/5 **
Eva Lesko Natiello - Mystery/Fiction/Thriller
"A sign of a good day is when the creative process in some form- be it writing, painting, or singing- has pried it's way into the mundane."
The above quote is about the only thing I found enjoyable throughout this entire book. I'm not too sure where all the four star ratings on Goodreads or Amazon are stemming from, unless I completely missed the mark on my comprehension of the book.
The Memory Box...this is one review I am having a hard time writing because I just wasn't into the book, at all. It was messy and boring, manic and cringe-worthy. Suburban mother googles herself only to learn of her sisters death which she has no recollection of even though (spoiler alert) she's responsible. There's tons of "inside her head" dialogue and some of the interactions between her and her family are just silly. In fact, the whole book is just...I'm happy the book was free through Amazon, Kindle.
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You are a Badass 4/5 ****
Jen Sincero - Self help
I am not one to normally pick up a self-help book, but I was having a wonky few days and happened to pop open my Instagram feed to see someone had posted an image of this book with the caption "Buy this book. Read it (probably in one sitting) and let it light a fire under your ass." To this person I say, thank you!
I do have to warn you, you will either read the first few pages and get really into it or be totally turned off and not even want to finish. I tend to read reviews of a book after I've read them, just to give them all a fair shake and not start reading with any preconceived notions, but it was quite apparent that this isn't a universal book. Jen Sincero uses some pretty frank dialogue and some would say she has a potty mouth. It's definitely a blunt read, no sugar coating will be found between this books pages.
"We arrive here as perfect little bundles of joy and then set about the task of learning to un-love ourselves! How unbelievably ridiculous is that?!"
"There's a great Hindu story about a lady who wanted to meet the god Krishna. So she went into the forest, closed her eyes, and prayed and meditated on making the god appear and lo and behold, Krishna came wandering down the forest path towards her. But when Krishna tapped the lady on the shoulder, she, without opening her eyes, told him to get lost because she was busy meditating on a very important goal."
Most of the nay-sayers bogged at this book simply because they don't believe the idea that thinking good things and acting in a positive manner is enough to "manifest" good mojo or bring about good things in your life. Frankly, those are exactly the type of people I think need to read this book! Not to mention Jen is pretty blunt in the first few pages and warns the reader that if they can't or don't want to have an open mind, her advice and this book aren't going to be of any use to them.
For me, this book popping into my Instagram feed when it did was like the universe giving me a pat on the backside to get off my keester and get moving towards a new chapter in my life. It seems like everyone has an "ah-ha" moment and this book is certainly an "ah-ha" kind of book.
I HIGHLY recommend You are a Badass, it's a book you won't regret reading.
Other books by Jen Sincero
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Books Read in 2020
*The Tattooist of Auschwitz