Continuing with the theme of people who have more struggles than others, "Out of My Mind" was published quite a while ago. I read this book more than once, twice, three times, and each time I read it, the emotions never felt any less intense.
Since I don't actually own the book, I can't take pictures of the covers inside and out myself, but the cover of this novel really hits me. It's an allusion to an experience the main character had in her childhood, in which she compared the goldfish to herself as it jumped out of the fish bowl one day to its imminent death (you'll have to read the book to find out what I'm talking about).
This story is about a girl who spent her entire life in the special ed class, getting fed up. She has a condition that takes away her ability to make any movement at all, other than her thumbs (but that doesn't really help much). All she can do is grunt and mumble, but other than that, she can be considered smarter than anyone else her age (or adult for that matter), except... no one knows.
The whole premise of this story made me feel all kinds of emotions. I transitioned between frustration (lots of frustration), sadness, disappointment, relief, anger (lots of this too), joy, and many others inbetween- and I cried each time I read the book.
Even though I'm not the girl in the story, there were many times when I felt what she was feeling. Not being able to express yourself, miscommunication-- the frustration of others not taking you seriously.
While there is no romance in this story (were you hoping for that?), there are lots of family, friendships, self-discovery, and determination. Maybe bring with you a few tissues?
So if you're looking for a new read, pick up this book from a local library! I swear you'll love me for recommending this book.