Review: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My MindPublisher: Atheneum Books (March 9, 2010)
Hardcover: 294 pages
Rating: of 5 stars

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.


Sometimes I will pick up books without first bothering to find out what it’s about. That’s what I did with Out of My Mind.

Given even half a chance, this book is a great choice for readers of any age, even though it’s classified as a children’s book. It’s an easy, well-paced read, that helps kids (and adults) get a new perspective from the view of a child with cerebral palsy.

The book is like a snapshot of Melody’s life. The reader is able to better understand the inner workings of people we might not have understood before. When I read this book, I thought back to high school and the people I met or knew who had cerebral palsy. With paltry knowledge of their troubles, I had dismissed them, and didn’t bother trying to understand them. Now I wish there had been a book like this for me like there is for kids today. Even if it’s just a small piece of Melody’s life, it’s enough to move, affect, and influence the view of children today. And that is what is important.

I definitely recommend this book for readers of any age. Or if you’re an adult who has deemed themselves above reading children’s books, pick this up for any kids you may know. Either way, get a copy of this book and give it a shot.

Author: Kim

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