Out of My Mind {Kindle ePUB Ebook} by Sharon M. Draper

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Ew “Unflinching and realistic” Kirkus Reviews starred review “UpliftingThis moving novel will makes activists of us all” Booklist starred review From award winning author Sharon Draper comes a story that will forever change how we all look at anyone with a disability perfect for fans of RJ Palacio’s WonderEleven year old Melody is not like most people She can’t walk She can’t talk She can’t write All becaus. Volunteering at my daughter s high school library has its perks Not only do I get to look at books all day but I get to borrow I was generifying the senior fiction section before Christmas when I found books on my list such as this one and books by my Goodreads friends as well Lynne Stringer and Adele Jones Very excitingI see some weird judgemental reviews here on this book This book educates This book is fiction This book shows us life is not always a cup of coffee easy Is it This book should be reuired reading for Primary school age I loved it The power of the human spirit to have faith in helping another person to learn and the strength of that person to learn against all adversity and other s ignorance This is highly recommended reading for humans of all ages So I prepared two answers one that is polite but kind of wordy and one that is a little smart mouthed To those who are genuinely concerned I push a button to say I have spastic bilateral uadriplegia also known as cerebral palsy It limits my body not my mind I think that last part is pretty cool To people like Claire and Molly I say We all have disabilities What s yours What would you do if you could fly Mrs V asks I d be scared to let go I type Afraid you d fall she asks No Afraid it would feel so good I d just fly away It took me a long time to type that

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Over 15 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Out of My Mind and discovered the brilliant mind of Melody Brooks Out of My Mind spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list “If there’s one book teens and parents and everyone else should read this year Out of My Mind should be it” The Denver Post “A gutsy candid and compelling story It speaks volumes” School Library Journal starred revi. Many people love love love this book so I m going to skip the praise you can read plenty of it elsewhere and go straight to criticism 1 The phrase untouched in my hands really bothers me How can something be untouched if it s in your hands 2 I worry this book is dated already Do kids in the year 2010 really say tight any I know Draper is trying to make Melody sound like a real kid but to me she sounds like an adult trying to sound like a kid In fact a lot of dialogue struck me as unrealistic ie an adult s version of what she thinks modern kids sound like I ve never heard anyone say She is tripping without droppin the g I haven t heard anyone say He thinks he s all that since 1998 unless it was sarcastic Now I still say things are the bomb but I m a lot older than the kids in this book Other things that I think will date this book MySpace TiVo Nintendo Wii iPhones and the phrase That s what s up Update Okay so iPhones are not going to date the book and I m now married to a guy who says That s what s up all the time However I still stand by droppin the g in trippin and kids not calling things tight or all that I ve re read sections of the book and I think it s Draper s overuse of exclamation points that makes her characters sound inauthentic3 It strikes me as unrealistic that Melody with her super intelligence couldn t communicate better using her low tech talking board If she s a perfect speller couldn t she spell out I love you to her parents Or use the talking board to tell the story of what happened to her goldfish Wouldn t her parents take the time to allow her to do that Better yet wouldn t her parents research adaptive technology so they could communicate better with their child4 The villains in this story Molly and Claire the bad teachers and the stupid psychologist that gives Melody her initial intelligence test are totally one dimensional I get really annoyed when authors create flat characters that are easy to hate You can have bad guys but flesh them out a little Why was the psychologist who gave Melody her initial intelligence test so terrible I suppose this is why second opinions are so important Why are Molly and Claire so mean Why aren t they held accountable 5 I thought the near tragedy thrown in at the end of the book didn t really contribute to the story It was a weird way to end the book like the author wanted to crank up the melodrama in the end and she overdid it And how weird was the scene at the end where Melody reacts to a difficult situation by laughing hysterically 6 This is a personal issue I went to elementary school with a boy who had CP and he spent just a small part of each day away from the rest of our class If this was the case in the 1980s it s hard for me to believe that educators in the 21st Century have regressed into the situation Melody finds herself in I could be completely wrong but it still affected the way I felt about the book I loved the first chapter but I grew and skeptical as it went on Update Many people have told me in the comments that it is common for children with disabilities to be segregated from the rest of the school I suppose I should remove this criticism but I will leave it it shows that what strikes one reader as unrealistic can be all too realistic for another reader Thanks commentersTo conclude my review I want to say I m not heartless I think this story has the potential to really spark empathy I think it s important for kids to read stories told from a perspective like Melody s But this book had a lot of shortcomings and I m not one to ignore them just because the subject matter is important I really believe this could have been a much better book Update I just read something by the author Patrick Ness on School Library Journal s Battle of the Books 2014 He said there are too many books he calls CBAITS which stand for Crappy Books About Important Things I was like yes I don t think I d go so far as to call Out of My Mind a crappy book but I do think its important subject matter blinded some readers to its literary flaws

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E she has cerebral palsy But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced She’s the smartest kid in her whole school but NO ONE knows it Most people her teachers her doctors her classmates dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can’t tell them otherwise But Melody refuses to be defined by her disability And she’s determined to let everyone know itsomehow. 5 stars So I m going to tell a little story first My mother is a teacher has been my entire life When I was little and sick and couldn t go to preschool she would bring me to her class a high school class at the time and I would play with her students I loved them still do to this day When I began elementary school that was the first time I ever heard the word retarded and it was aimed at students similar to my mother s I went home and asked my mother if her students were different and that was when she explained to me what special education students were I had no idea that her students were any different It never occured to me And my mother never treated them like they were different and never coached me to think they were She let me make up my own mindReading this book made me think a lot about my mother and her students It also reminded me of a girl I went to elementary school with who is very much like Melody I couldn t get that girl out of my mind while reading this book and I probably won t get Melody out of my mind for a long time to come Out of My Mind is about an eleven year old girl who is brilliant and no one knows it Born disabled she cannot talk and had trouble moving her limbs When a new machine gives her the ability to speak not everyone is ready to accept her as normalSharon Draper is a brilliant writer Words flow across the page effortlessly and I am wowed at how she captured and portrayed Melody I want everyone to read this book It s so special and it shows us how our perceptions are not always accurateFollow me on Facebook Blog Instagram Twitter


10 thoughts on “Out of My Mind

  1. says:

    Many people love love love this book so I'm going to skip the praise you can read plenty of it elsewhere and go straight to criticism 1 The phrase untouched in my hands really bothers me How can something be untouched if it's in your hands? 2 I worry this book is dated already Do kids in the year 2010 really say tight any?

  2. says:

    I have a lot of say about this book I had so many feels I have cried and I have raged BOOKS MAKE ME FEELFREAKING

  3. says:

    Oh man I'm finding this book very difficult to write about I really want to like this book Before I was a librarian I was a disabili

  4. says:

    I can't even begin to explain the importance of this book and how it has the power to influence so many people in how they treat others I honestly don't even have words to describe my feelings for this book just yet but once I do I plan on screaming them from the rooftops so that everyone reads this book

  5. says:

    Volunteering at my daughter’s high school library has its perks Not only do I get to look at books all day but I get to borrow I was generifying the senior fiction section before Christmas when I found books on my list such as this one and books by my Goodreads friends as well Lynne Stringer and Adele Jones Very excitingI see some weird judgemental reviews here on this book This book educates This book is fiction This book shows

  6. says:

    I felt like a terrible person the entire time I read this book because I disliked it so much especially since I think that it's an important book and a really thoughtful book in many ways I was impressed with the author for writing a story from the perspective of someone with cerebral palsy and thought she did a

  7. says:

    The book Out of my mind by Sharon M Draper has changed my view of how people view others This book is the story of a girl who was born unable to speak walk write or anything on her own Ever since the day she's been born she's always been hel

  8. says:

    5 stars So I'm going to tell a little story first My mother is a teacher has been my entire life When I was little and sick and couldn't go to preschool she would bring me to her class a high school class at the time and I would play with her students I loved them still do to this day When I began elementary school that was the first time I ever heard the word retarded and it was aimed at students similar to my mother's I went h

  9. says:

    I feel a bit heartlessAfter reading all the Newbery hype about Out of My Mind I went into it expecting an absolutely life changing book about cerebral palsy After reading Ben Mikaelsen's horrendous Petey this past spring I was certain Draper's treatment of the subject would be leaps and bounds above that drivelIt is And it isn't Mostly it i

  10. says:

    I highly recommend this book to everybody but especially to disabled kids kids who know disabled kids anyone who works with disabled kids especially non verbalspeech impaired disabled people and people with cerebral palsy or similar n

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