Monday, September 6, 2010

Marcelo In The Real World

I had heard of Marcelo in the Real World a while ago and knew that it was a book I wanted to read. I am really interested in Aspberger's Syndrome and thought that a YA novel about a seventeen year old with AS would be perfect for me. I was right.

Marcelo has a life that is exactly what he wants: he lives in a treehouse in his family's yard, goes to a 'special' school, and gets to work with ponies. Still, his father expects more from him and makes a deal: Marcelo can continue at his beloved school if he spends the summer working in the real world, also known as his law office's mail room. Once Marcelo breaks out of his routine, everything changes.

When I was only fifteen pages into the book, I called a friend and insisted that she get it as well. Francisco X. Stork is such a talented writer; his characters are so realistic and the novel was constantly at the point of almost breaking my heart. The honor that Stork shows Marcelo makes me want to read more of his work and also be a more compassionate person. While some of the religious discussions in the book made me skim (the residue of attending Catholic high school, sorry!), there were other passages that had me re-reading for their beauty. This is a book that I will be recommending to everyone who will listen.

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