by Sharon M. Draper
Release Date: March 9th, 2010
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Format: Paperback, 295 pages
Source: JMMS Library
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Goodreads Summary: Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.
From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.
Cindy's Review: I already talked about this book in one of the other CYRM nominee book reviews. For starters this book was a really well-written, deep book about the feeling of others and not exactly normal everyday people who have the privilege of everything.
I honestly cried in this book. LOL. I think I cry in every book, but this book was true and deep.
The cover maybe simple, but just like the book, it has deep meaning into it. The main character, Emma is just the goldfish flying out of the jar: Without water the goldfish can't live, it will need help. Emma also needs help doing things, just like that helpless goldfish flying out of the jar.
Emma have this mental illness that causes her not able to control herself. Even though Emma can't do simple things like eat by herself or go to the bathroom by herself, Emma is actually really smart. She has photographic memory and she understands what is going on.
But not being able to talk is the worst thing to Emma. When Emma finally gets a Medi-talker which she can use to talk, people finds out amazingly how smart Emma is. In fact, she's the only one in the whole school to get all the questions for the Genius school competition thing (I forgot the name, sorry)
But would the normal kids except her for who is truly inside, or how she is on the outside?
Even though I seriously loved this book and all that.. UGH!!! IT'S SO HARD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BOOKS!!! I'm gonna still have to go for another book. ;((( Sorry...
And like I feel like my reviews are so short. How do I make them longer? Omg. Really. I can chat......or not. SO this book.....I recommend it to people who wants to learn more about.......okay. I can't do this. Omg. This is awkward. I promise my next one would be really long? Okay? PROMISE!!
Rating: (1-10): 8.5