When 13-year old Mia finally reveals a closely-guarded secret, it soon echoes throughout her school. She was born with synesthesia, a neurological cross-wiring that lets her see sounds, taste shapes, and smell colors. To Mia the letter a glows with faded sunflower-yellow, screeching chalk sizzles with jagged red sparks, and her cat’s voice puffs with orange-mango haze. But how can Mia “the alien” find acceptance and self-worth?
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Wendy mass - the BEST AUTHOR EVER
Such a moving book!
I'm ten, so if there's any kid who wants a good book, this is it.
I've heard about Mia's condition, and it's really interesting!
this book is really cute and amazing. I can't even begin to put myself in mias shoes
A Mango-Shaped Space
Wow, where do I start. This book is AMAZING and may be one of my all-time favorites which is REALLY saying something because I am a book nerd and I LOVE all sorts of books! I’ve read this book about 27,000 times. The beginning is good, but after everything (I don’t want to spoil) starts happening, the plot quickens and stops slightly dragging like the beginning’s plot did. This book made me laugh, squirm and cry. Mia is quite relatable and, despite having synesthesia, can be understood and empathized with even people who don’t have synesthesia! The ending could have been a total blow out but Wendy Mass used her writing superpowers to wrap up the story well and tie it up neatly, making you feel like Mia and all of her friends/family (family, of course, includes cats) lived happily ever after. She has such a good flow in her writing style. I really recommend this book for 7+ ages (the slightly older age is because the sad thing might be too much for younger kids), and also anyone who enjoys reading one of the most beautifully written BEST BOOKS EVER! Despite seeing how hard it can be to have synesthesia, I’m low-key jealous of anyone who has it... Another thing that I like is the realistic family and friend life! The parents aren’t overly supportive, but they aren’t under-ly supportive either! If you like this book I would really suggest The Mysterious Benedict Society series. It is just as well written, with an AMAZING plot! I’ve noticed that some books that have awesome plots are not very well written, so they’re worth reading, but it’s a less enjoyable experience. The voice is good, just doesn’t exactly fit a 13 year old’s.