maandag 7 november 2011
50 Books Challenge 2011 - # 55: Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Author: Fransisco X. Stork
Story: 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. 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.
Start: november 1st 2011
End: november 7th 2011
Comment: I read about Asperger before, but this time you actually see everything throught the eyes of the seventeen year old who has Asperger syndrome. That was the main reason I wanted to read the book. Marcelo is a heartwarming character and a loveable soul that I liked right away. It is in fact almost impossible to dislike this kid. The way Marcelo sees the world, how he discusses with his inner self and asks questions that the average person wouldn't even think about. The way Stork portrayed Marcelo was simply perfect. It was really interesting to see the world through Marcelo's eyes. The disappointment for me was that there wasn't a lot of conflict in the story. And besides Marcelo there weren't any other memorable characters. For me it's very important to stay interested the entire story, but some parts were a bit dull. It could have been so much better, but thanks to the great leading character it's not a complete disappointment.
Rating: 3/ 5