In my humble opinion, curiosity and imagination are the keys to empathy. Unless you’re curious about what makes other people tick, or how they experience the world, you’ll never really care about them. One of my favorite things about reading is the way it pulls you from your own world, and places you squarely in someone else’s. It’s practice for empathizing with others in real life. That’s why I feel so strongly that books like this are irreplaceable.
In this wonderfully written story, Melody is a young girl, living with cerebral palsy. She is physically disabled, but intellectually vibrant. With the aid of new technology, she is finally able to venture out of her own mind and into the world, with that comes school, and all of its challenges. As a reader you are able to watch someone try to carve out her unique place in the world, in harder circumstances than most of us face in our daily lives.
Bookwyrm Rating – Meat & Potatoes