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
An avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, and adventure through words printed on paper.
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