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Out of My Mind

par Sharon M. Draper

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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (2010)
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Many people love love love this book, so I'm going to skip the praise for now (you can read plenty of it elsewhere) and go straight to criticism:

1. The phrase "untouched in my hands" really bothers me. If a snowflake is melting in your hands, you've touched it. This line was probably meant to sound poetic but comes off as a failed metaphor to me.

2. I worry this book is dated already. Do kids in the year 2010 say "tight" anymore? I think Draper is trying to make Melody sound like an average 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 (i.e. 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. 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, and Nintendo Wii. (I've re-read sections of the book and I think it's Draper's overuse of exclamation points that makes her characters sound inauthentic and corny to me.)

3. 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? Wouldn't they take the time to allow her to do that? Better yet, wouldn't her parents seek out adaptive technology so they could communicate better with their child?

4. 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 annoyed when authors create completely flat villains.

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.

6. This is a personal issue: I went to elementary school with a boy who had CP and he spent only 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 loved the first chapter of this book, but I grew more and more skeptical as it went on. (Update: Many people have told me in the comments that it *is* common for children with disabilities to be completely segregated from the rest of the school. Instead of removing this criticism, I will leave it because it shows that what strikes one reader as unrealistic can be all too realistic for another reader. Thanks, commenters.)

To conclude my review I want to say: I'm not heartless! I think this story has the potential to really spark empathy. But this book had a lot of shortcomings and I'm not one to ignore them just because the subject matter is important. I believe this could have been a much better book. (When I first reviewed this book it had Newbery buzz and in my opinion it's not Newbery caliber.)

Update: I just read something by the author [a:Patrick Ness|370361|Patrick Ness|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1589369436p2/370361.jpg] on School Library Journal's Battle of the Books 2014. He said there are too many books he calls CBAITS, which stands for Crappy Books About Important Things. I was like, yes! I wouldn't go so far as to call Out of My Mind a crappy book, but I do think its important subject matter made some reviewers forgive or ignore its literary flaws.

Another update: I see that Disney is making this into a movie, so I'll probably have a fresh crop of commenters mad at me for this negative review. To those who love this book: I'm glad you love this book! It's ok for you to love it and for me to dislike it. We can still be friends. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
I probably would have rated this 3 stars through most of the book, but a really good, unexpected ending bumped it up a star!

Kids should be required to read this in school, to learn compassion for the disabled! ( )
  filemanager | Nov 29, 2023 |
Would have been a 5 if not for a sort of ridiculous end game to create tension. No teacher would have done what the one in this book did. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
Draper expertly captures what it is like to be unable to communicate in a tale that is relatable to all middle-graders. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Jul 20, 2023 |
This book is for middle to high school age readers, it is a longer chapter book with themes that are slightly more advanced. It follows along the life of a girl who has never spoken. She has disabilities and although she does not speak, she has many thoughts and ideas as well as good moments and deep struggles. This could be used in a class to show students a different perspective. Seeing the girls life and things from her perspective is very eye opening and gives a lot of empathy and understanding to people with disabilities. ( )
  EleeCalhoun | Apr 22, 2023 |
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This book could be considered an eye opener to many. I think this would be a good book to read for teenage students because at that age everyone is different and sometimes kids can be cruel to children who aren't like them. I have a friend who has cerebral palsy so this book was very emotional but quite nice for me to read.
ajouté par m.marie.g | modifierMSU AdolLit, Michelle Green
 
Out of My Mind was a book that put things in perspective for me. This novel is about a girl name Melody who is not able to speak or walk. Melody is a 12 year old girl who is was diagnosed with Cerbal Palsy, throughout this book it covers so many themes such as, courage, empathy, perseverance and so much more. We see the obstacles Melody is faced throughout the novel and how she is treated by those around her. Many people in the novel judge Melody by her disability instead of an actual person. The way this book put things in perspective for me personally was how we take for granted the things we are able to do and how there are cruel teachers and classmates out there. This novel was a prime example of how not all teachers are the best. I think this shows how amazing Melody is as a person and how she overcomes what is thrown at her. Melody is such a strong kind hearted girl who just wants to fit in like everyone else. It also shows the love and support of her family and close friends. They love Melody unconditionally regardless of her disability. I think this is a book that all people should read not just education majors. This novel reminds you of how people are different, but love them for them despite how different they may be. I would highly recommend this novel as it brought so many emotions to me as a person.
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