Thursday, March 25, 2010
Out of My Mind
"Claire gets sick in the middle of a crowded restaurant, yet I'm the one that everyone looks at sideways."
This line rings true to my experience, growing up with a visible disability means you deal with: lots of staring, some rudeness, people who don't have expectations of all that you CAN do, or the person you ARE, and some plain unfairness. That might be part of the reason I loved this book so much. It is really sad, and I did cry while reading it, but that shows how real the book is. I am lucky, I haven't experienced much of the discrimination that Melody in Out of My Mind has, but I can relate to this story on a real level. Even if you don't have a personal experience with disability, I think you will like this book. As you read the story, you are in Melody's mind, and you know things that no one else knows, and inside Melody's mind is a funny and interesting place!
P.S. Thank you Mrs. Ruckman for NEVER leaving me and making sure that I am ALWAYS part of the teams!