Out of my Mind, a novel by Sharon M Draper is a beautiful one. It is a candid story about an eleven year old girl Melody who has all these amazing thoughts in her head- enough of them to build an entire world with them. But, there is one not-exactly-small problem: Melody she cannot speak nor can she walk. She has cerebral palsy that controls her life and stops her from doing what a human being usually would take for granted . As a “typical” kid, she wishes she could interact with others normally without being judged for who she is. With the help of Mrs V (her tutor), Catherine (her aide), her mother and father, she eventually proves to everyone around her not to " judge a book by its cover”, showing everyone including her history teacher that she is infact, more than what they think she is.
This poignant story made me realise just how frustrating it must be if I were Melody. The inner journey she goes through is just so beautiful and heartwarming and really made me think the troubles in one's life. It just felt so crazily realistic that I found myself, at certain points of time, curling up in a ball for everything she was going through. I got so attached to this book:whatever Melody felt, I felt the exact same and I admit that my life is kind of easy compared to hers. I got me to stop complaining about having to walk to school every day, when I now actually pay attention that some can't. I got THAT attached to her. From this beautiful story and the things I learnt, I solemnly swear that I would never look at kid like Melody like how I used to again.
I give this book a rating of 4/5 stars.