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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork


Summary on Goodreads.

"Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm..." [more +]

I loved this book so much that I know I wont do it justice here.

Marcelo has some type of autistic disorder and goes to a special school for children with similar disabilities. Therefore, Marcelo's world is safe and predictable.

When speaking, Marcelo refers to himself in third person and I sooo found this so cute! He also calls her parents by their names.

Marcelo's world is safe and filled with music that only he can hear (in his head). The only thing that bothers Marcelo is that he cannot talk to his father as freely as he wished.

Marcelo father insists that Marcelo is "normal" which makes Marcelo anxious around him. Marcelo would rather his father would just accept that Marcelo is a little different so he wouldn't feel stressed to act as his father expects him to.

So one day Marcelo's father tells Marcelo that he wants him to work in the mailing room at his law firm. Marcelo is terrified because this means deviating from the patterns he knows.

But Marcelo goes to work at his father's law firm and there, Marcelo starts to grow, to move out of his comfort zone, and question the world.

I loved that the author, although of Hispanic background, didn't try to insert useless words in Spanish here and there to try to give diversity to the story. The story is quite diverse as it is.

Quietly, but steady, I saw Marcelo growing as a person and painfully discovering the evil that he had been protected from at his special school.

Mostly, I think this story is a wonderful representation of what a parent could go through when they have a child with a disability but they won't accept it.

Marcelo made a strong point for himself; made some difficult and though decisions and accepted the consequences. But mostly, stood by his own believes and moral code.