“Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Melody’s story is a great one. I have a soft spot in my heart for stories like this one. She is constantly having to fight to be treated like everyone else. While the story was good, it was also a bit predictable. There’s the typical drama that goes hand in hand with school: snotty popular kids, kids being kids, kids being very bratty. I loved how Melody was finally able to get a voice but I found her voice to be a bit weird. It didn’t sound like a kid. It sounded an adult trying to sound like a kid and a bit forced.
The bottom line? I liked it well enough. Could have been better if it was a little less predictable.