Marcelo in the Real World

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Publisher Description

Imagine Curious Incident of the Dog . . . with a romance, and you have the beginnings of this story of a young man struggling with the world outside his head--and the woman who gets inside it.The term "cognitive disorder" implies there is something wrong with the way I think or the way I perceive reality. I perceive reality just fine. Sometimes I perceive more of reality than others.Marcelo Sandoval hears music that nobody else can hear - part of an autism-like condition that no doctor has been able to identify. But his father has never fully believed in the music or Marcelo's differences, and he challenges Marcelo to work in the mailroom of his law firm for the summer . . . to join "the real world."There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file - a picture of a girl with half a face - that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.

GENRE
Young Adult
RELEASED
2009
March 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scholastic Inc.
SELLER
Scholastic Inc.
SIZE
15.1
MB
AUDIENCE
Grades 7 and Above

Customer Reviews

RMerkl ,

Stunning

I despised & pitied Marcelo's co-worker Wendell as much as I admired & empathized with our main character Marcelo.

Jasmine is the most heroic to me - see if you agree. Notice how Marcelo evolves to where he can see through others' eyes. Revel in his voice.

Conversations between Marcelo & the Rabbi became a bit lengthy for me, but I adored that Marcelo's one intensive interest (religion) was seen as PERVASIVE, not OBSESSIVE. High-functioning autism is further understood & valued in this stunning book. Thank you.

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