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One of the most notable aspects of Out of my Mind, written by Sharon Draper, is the impressive internal dialogue and thinking that goes through the main character, Melody. This especially helps because she has cerebral palsy, a condition that might make the audience harder to relate with. However, although most of us will never experience the mistreatment Melody faced, her feelings are conveyed in a way that it makes her viewed as a regular preteen struggling to fit in at school when they are different compared to others. Nonetheless, Draper is able to easily evoke a sense of empathy for Melody. For example, when it gets rather emotional, we understand because it accurately shows Melody’s frustration when people treat her at something less than human. I also found the ending rather clever; it really tied everything together. I believe it’s a good middle school read, as I have read in during seventh grade myself.
Melody has cerebral palsy. Basically, she can’t walk, talk, or move anything except her thumbs, but she’s a genius. She’s smarter than most of the adults she knows and definitely smarter than the kids at school. But, she’s frustrated because she can’t express her thoughts that go through her head. The kids at school dismiss her and her feelings as though she’s mentally challenged, but if there’s anything Melody won’t let happen, it’s being defined by her cerebral palsy, and she makes sure of it by letting everyone know of it.
I’ve recommended to many of my friends as well as my sister, and honestly, no regrets. You learn so much from this novel; gratitude, kindness, being non-judgemental, and so much more. You just get sucked into this book, and the underlying lessons that it can teach us are amazing. It’s also a topic that needs to be conveyed. So many people know so little about CP and I felt that this book did a great job explaining it.
Some things I didn’t like within this book is that it’s a bit unrealistic. There are many factual and scientific things that are wrong with it, and I’m willing to let them slide, however, there were so many stereotypes within it. For example, literally every teacher mentioned in this book is a devil. Every single teacher. I know that there are some teachers out there that are very judgemental but I have seen and had teachers that are so loving and caring, and I just found it very unrealistic, and slightly disrespectful, that they would be portrayed like that.
Other than that, if you’re looking for a good read that is motivational and has a good plot, this book will do that justice.
Wow! This is one of my favourite books of all time. it is heart warming, and you can't put it down
Excellent book from the perspective of someone with a disability. Shows how we are all the same on the inside, with the same sort of desires and wishes, esp to be included.
Preteen Melody looks at the world through a different lens, and while most people don't take the time to understand her, she's got plenty to say. Readers are encouraged to walk (or ride) a mile in someone else's shoes in order to (just like Melody), see the world through a different lens.
No there are not any cuss words in Out of my mind and FYI if you haven't read this book you should read it!! I haven't read it in a while but I think it doesn't. If you are still worried you should read the book your self!
Hope that helps pink_panther_736
My 10-year-old daughter's 5th grade teacher read this to her class. My daughter liked it and told me and my mother about it, so I had to read it also... it was wonderful! Now, time for MY mother to read it next!
I give this book 5 stars. It’s really interesting how people think Melody isn’t smart but she is smart. Also, I was glad Penny was born perfect. This book is amazing!!!!!!
I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it. I give it a 4 out of 5 star rating.
This book about a girl with Cerebral Palsy was ok, but the character's personality was kinda odd. Sure Melody didn't like the way the classroom looked, but she doesn't have to sound so mature about it. Also, the idea of Penny being hit by a car was kind of over-suggestive. (What if kids are reading this?) Not to mention Melody's classmates leaving her behind on the flight to Boston. Other than that, the book was kinda interesting.
This book really opened my eyes for disabled people, probably one of my top 10
This book has an important message. However, I feel like parts of the story were forced/contrived/unrealistic. Reading the book made me want to seek out books written by people with CP, to get an authentic perspective.
This is an amazing book! It's about a young girl who is different and nobody thinks she's smart when really she is incredibly intelligent. Encouraging and Happy read. I would read this book multiple times.
This book made me realize all the things disabled people can do. I love it! Melody is so sweet and funny in her own special way. I will never be able to look at a person with a disability the same way. The story was interesting, and I've never read one like it.
Amazing book! It is the inspiring story about a girl who most people look down on because she has disabilities. It changed the way I see disabled people forever! Really good, I give it 5 stars.
This is my one of my favorite books.Recommend.My 7th grade students loved it
this book has a great story but when it got to the climax and ending the book, I personally think that the author rushed it. The book could have been ended with melody telling her classmates that she didn't want the trophy because its in her past and she is trying to forget the past and tell them that they should have it because they are the ones that need to remember and learn from it. therefore she forgives them for what they did and becomes the better person. good book. bad way to end it.
One of my favorite books. It is something that I have wanted all of my students (and parents) to read.
This book is now one of my favorite books! I need another book just like this to read now!
★★★★ Beautifully written. 'Out of My Mind’ is an amazing read, especially for young teens. This book acts as a window, to glimpse into the world of others. It can show you that everyone has something going on, their own life with different challenges to face. We are introduced to Melody, a girl who no one seems to understand. However, throughout the book, those who truly care to listen help Melody find her voice. A definite recommendation to younger teens, and really anyone. Each page has you wanting to flip to the next. This book is the perfect way to get out of your head. @RoseleineSaphoria of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The book Out Of My Mind is one of the best books I’ve ever read! This book shows you that people with disabilities are just like everyone else. It shows you that no matter what, you are able to accomplish your goals and dreams. I think what makes this book even better is that it’s not all happy. The book shows you the sad things that happen, and things to do with disabilities. Another thing that makes me like this book even more is how realistic it is! This book also teaches you to be respectful to everyone, because you never know what they’re going through. I would rate this book a five out of five stars because of all the lessons it teaches you! Rating 5/5
- @booksinaflash of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
If there is one book everyone should read at least once in their life, it would have to be "Out of my mind". This book is honestly so inspiring and can undoubtedly change anyone's perspective. This book is about a girl named Melody who can't speak, walk, or move, but she is extremely smart. She can remember and understand everything. She just doesn't have a way to express that. My favourite part in the book is when she gets chosen for a quiz competition in her school. Only the smartest students in the school get the chance to take part in the competition. There is a trial quiz that students need to take, and Melody gets the highest score. She is so happy. My other favourite part in the book is when Melody finds out about a device that can allow her to speak! She is on top of the world! The first thing she makes her device say is "I love you" to her parents. There was one part in the book that made me very angry. That was when her team left her to take part in the next level in Washington, although they won the first time due to Melody. The flight takes off without her. She is crestfallen that her team deceived her. I was very mad at that part and the description in the book really made me feel her pain. The next day at school, the team reveals that they lost miserably, and they apologize. Melody can't stop laughing as she walks away. The ending put a smile on my face. This was an amazing book to read and I would definitely recommend this book! Rating- 5/5
- @Vanilla of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I am in love with this book! I could not put this book down! I’m pretty sure I read it for two hours straight! I love the power of having a disability but being able to deal with it, and being one of the smartest girls not to mention people in your class. I think this is a great book, because it has so much confidence and good lessons in it!