How can I review something that is so relatable, reflective, and accurate to my own life? How can I describe the great impact this book had upon me? Most importantly, how do I feel about this?
All my life, I have had cerebral palsy. This is the same ailment that Melody has in Sharron Draper”s “Out Of My Mind”. While Melody has a far worse case than I do, I can relate wholeheartedly to her. Many people rejected Melody’s intelligence, much like some rejected mine. She had people who supported her an saw her true potential,much like many people in my life did. Most importantly, Melody struggles to find her voice and to be heard. I can speak, but sometimes people refuse to be patent and actually listen to me, much like Melody. Whole I do feel horrible for Melody, I feel worse for the way people treat her with content throughout the novel. While reading this book, I could not help but to get caught up in my own reflection.
I am one of the lucky ones, but this book shows that there is hope for all disabled people to rise above and become bigger that their limitations say they can be. To me, this is a perfect reflection of the challenges and struggles that millions of people might face every day. Many people have not gone through all the struggles that Melody did, bout many have experienced multiple of them.
While children may benefit from this book the most, anyone can appreciate this story. In fact, this story could be a eye-opener for adults more than possibly children. I say this because the book shows how adults and their unique mentalities shape and impact Melody’s life. Also, Melody’s vast intelligence and wisdom makes her appeal to adults as well as children who might not understand the more complex themes of the story.
This has inspired me to write not just for myself, but for those like Melody who can not seem to express themselves. I want to use my gifts to advocate for a more open and accepting world. If Draper is able to capture such a heartfelt reflection and inspire people to pursue their dreams. I want to be a part of it.
I could write page after page about this wonderful book; button the end, I would simply encourage you to read it. If you have read it already, I would suggest that you share it with others. We need more people to be more aware and open. While you read it, I would like you to think about the thousands upon thousands of people who are like Melody, and what you can do to help them. I know from experience that it can sometimes be as simple as listening to what have to say.