Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper is an amazing novel about a girl named Melody with cerebral palsy who can neither move nor speak but is incredibly smart. She has a photographic memory and can “hear” colours and “taste” music, but she is utterly trapped in her mind. All people know is that she is a disabled girl who can’t speak.
I really like this book because it shines light into the minds of people who can’t communicate, while showing the cruelty of the typical human response to such people. It is very interesting to read about the way we act towards these people, calling them “special”, “disabled”, or “gifted in other ways”, while looking away.
I would definitely recommend this book because it is very enlightening and also a fun and emotional read. Check out this TED talk by a woman with the same condition as Melody. She is a hilarious comedian!