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Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper I'm really torn about how to review this book. There was a lot to like. I have read some reviews that didn't care for the main character, Melody, but I did like her, and enjoyed most of her story, I even cried a bit at one point. It opened my eyes to the road a person with cerebral palsy might travel, something that had never been on my radar before.But the climax of the story, and the way it ended just didn't sit right with me. It seemed rushed and maybe a little over the top, for a book that had been sailing along with not a lot of drama to have several big, important things happen at all right together at the end. It just left me with kind of a sour feeling.As I read, I found myself comparing this to [b:Wonder|11387515|Wonder|R.J. Palacio|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1309285027s/11387515.jpg|16319487] -- there were many elements that reminded me of that most excellent book, and I think maybe this one suffers a little in comparison. The supporting cast in "Out of My Mind" seemed a little one-dimensional, with the stereotypes showing a little too strongly. I thought "Wonder" did a better job of showing that no one is entirely mean or bad, or even entirely good or nice.This is the kind of book that it is hard for me to give a certain star rating to: 3 stars does not mean I didn't like it, it just means that it's flaws were enough to make me pause. If you would like to learn more about what it might be like to have cerebral palsy, and not be able to communicate, this is a very interesting read. I would just caution that the ending might trip you up. Or maybe you'll love it and think I'm all washed up!