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Monday, February 28, 2011

Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper

A couple of weeks ago, I read the book Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper. It's an amazing book. It's about a girl named Melody who has a mind like a computer. When someone tells her something, it's saved in her head forever. She is a genius. Except that no one knows. Because Melody can't speak. Or walk. Or move at all. And life is tough for a girl like her.

Melody is an amazing character. She's got a big heart and yearns for a good friend, and a chance. That's it. But sadly, her life reflects modern society perfectly. No one likes a disabled girl.

Rose is Melody's friend, sort of. She sits with Melody at lunch, sometimes. She is everything you could want in a friend, almost. She is nicer then other people, but the fact of the matter is, Melody isn't cool. I mean, her mom has to feed her! If Rose hangs out with her, it'll take a lot out of her social status.

Clare is Melody's personal tormenter. She hates Mel, and Mel has no clue why. Clare is at the top of the social ladder. But the only reason she's there is because she put everyone that chalanged her miserable. So much so, that some people left the school. But even with her position in the school, for some reason she still feels threatned by Melody.

This book was one of the best that I've ever read. It's extremely well written, and it's thrilling in a subtle way. One of the things that I really liked about it were the sub-plots. Whenever the main plot gets a little slow, Draper recreates the excitment by adding little twists. I can't tell you enough how I loved this book. It is the only book that has ever made me cry. I would definitely give this book 5 of 5 chocolate bars.

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