Trapped in a Fishbowl (kind of)

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Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom – the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it – somehow. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

This book is powerful.

Melody, our heroine, is insanely smart. She has a photographic memory, understands several languages, and is easily smarter than most kids her age. But she tends to be looked down as like a baby, or a preschooler, simply because she can’t talk.

She deals with everything from condescending teachers to bullying classmates, no one but her parents and her neighbor seems to be able to see past her disability. Which is heartbreaking, especially because the book is told from first person, so it’s like you’re inside Melody’s head.

Everything about this book is pure gold. It is easily one of the best books I have ever read, period. I highly recommend it.

★★★★★

Five Stars.

Also, today’s the second day of Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m chugging along, almost a day ahead of my word goal, which is a nice change from regular NaNo. I went with idea 2, (the post WW3 project that wasn’t outlined), so I’ll do Idea 1 if I do Camp in July, as well. Which I most likely will. However, I think with July I’ll sign up so the cabin is randomly generated, not create a private cabin.

Yep. How’s your Camp NaNo going? Are you on track, or no? What’s your final goal (Mine’s 30K)?

Happy Thursday,

Siggie

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One thought on “Trapped in a Fishbowl (kind of)

  1. I read this book a little ways back. I still have vivid memories of a few really touching scenes–like when she tells her parents she loves them for the first time. Oh, man. Tears. Really great book.

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