Out of My Mind


Sharon Draper

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Synesthesia is a condition in which one sense (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste) makes a person experience another sense. In Out of My Mind, for example, Melody is synesthetic; when she hears music she can see colors and smell scents related to the song. The most common form of synesthesia involves associating specific letters of the alphabet, words, and numbers with colors. However, everyone experiences synesthesia differently and has a different mixture of related senses.
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Synesthesia Term Timeline in Out of My Mind

The timeline below shows where the term Synesthesia appears in Out of My Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...She remembers her parents playing music, which was extra special for her because she has synesthesia. Melody’s mother loves classical music, her dad loves jazz, and she loves country. (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Lovelace then plays a few songs. Gloria, Willy, and Maria all love it, and Melody’s synesthesia has her seeing green, which means the music is very good. Mrs. Lovelace has students... (full context)