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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 Jasm...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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karen

first, some blathering. it is, after all, me...

i understand why writers like carl hiaasen and james patterson and them are now writing books for younger readers, after having already established themselves as writers of adult fiction with considerable staying power. get 'em while they are young and then when they grow into the adult section, they already have the name-recognition. friends for life, paying their electricity bills...

but why do authors like this one and suzanne collins write exclu...more
Tatiana
Jun 02, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: ala
Shelves: ala-ya-2010, 2010, ya
Marcelo Sandoval is 17 and has a mild form of autism which makes him... well, different. Knowing that he is often perceived to be mentally challenged, Marcelo prefers to stay close to the circle of his friends and people who know that there is nothing wrong with him intellectually. He is planning to spend his final school year at Patterson, a specialized school where he is surrounded by the students just like him, he also has a summer job lined up working with horses in his school's stables. How...more
Thomas
Absolutely stunning. I haven't read a book worthy of five stars in a while, and I am so grateful to my friend for recommending this to me.

Marcelo hears music that no one else can. He has been diagnosed with an impairment similar to autism, but higher-functioning - he can process things but it takes him time, and he is able to adapt to social situations through learning and experience. However, this is not enough to satisfy his father, a powerful and persuasive lawyer. His father decides to have...more
Maggie Stiefvater
I actually finished this book a few days ago, and aside from a general glow of well-being and happiness, I wasn't sure what I thought of it. Was it really a five star book to go on my goodreads page? But then, after recommending it once every single day since then, I've realized . . . yep, it is. It's a quiet book, thanks to the subdued narration style on Marcelo's part, but it's a good one.

Marcelo is a very high-functioning autistic -- so high-functioning that even the label Asperger's doesn't...more
jo mo
3.5/5

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marcelo can be a bit naive, but not in an annoying way. he's naive in the way that makes you wonder how the hell you turned out so bitter and question why the world can't be as simple or straightforward as someone like marcelo sees it. marcelo is just a great person and anyone would be lucky to have him as a friend. many of the people marcelo encounters at the law firm treat him like crap or act as though he's stupid. so being marcelo's friend would probably lead me...more
Mike Mullin
This book is so good I may have to take a break from reading--anything else wouldn't measure up. It's so good I'm consumed with despair that I will never write anything as beautiful or as important. It's so good I can't review it properly--any words I might choose wouldn't do it justice.
Morgan F
It's not really a three, but wasn't quite a four.

Seventeen year old Marcelo Sandoval is different. He hears music no one else can hear, his social development is stumped, and his special interests include religion, classical music, and therapy ponies. Marcelo is looking forward to a summer of working as a stable boy at Paterson, a school for kids with special needs, when his father tells him that he must get out of his comfort zone and join the "real world" or else he won't be able to go to Pat...more
Sherrie Petersen
Have you ever gotten to the end of a book and wished there was more? Or better yet, wished your writing could move people the way that the story moved you? Marcelo in the Real World is that kind of book.

It's no secret that I love fantasy, but I try to read outside of the genre as well. Marcelo isn't a super hero. He's a teenage boy with an unidentified cognitive disorder who is comfortable with his routines, his special-ed school, his job at the therapeutic riding stables. His father decides tha...more
Corinne
I have a lot of conflicting emotions about this book.

The good: It's a fast read and an interesting story. There's shades of gray, interesting moral dilemmas, attention to detail that makes situations and characters come brilliantly to life, and a main character whose situation is way intriguing. An autistic teenager who's gone to a school for disabled kids his whole life, and now suddenly has to adjust to working at his dad's law firm for the summer. There's a lot of inherent conflict and story...more
Homeschoolmama
UPDATE 2/8/09

My initial impression still stands. Although I liked the way the author had the main character Marcelo speak, and how he added certain quirks that were realistic, Stork was unable to keep it consistent.. and some characteristics were not compatible w/someone w/Aspergers..such as speaking in literal terms only and then suddenly speaking/understanding metaphors, for example. The plot was sort of intriguing but I thought kind of trashy too.





Oh, I am not sure I like this book. A goodread...more
T.V and Book Addict
Marcelo is a 17 year old guy who has an autistic-like condition, not necessarily Asperger's but similar. He can hear music in his mind, Internal Music (IM). It's like experiencing the feelings one gets when listening to music, except without the music. Marcelo's "special interest" is religion. He often sees his mother's best friend, a female rabbi even though he's Catholic, to talk about religion and life. Marcelo lives in a tree house, has a dog called Namu, short for Namu Amida Butsu, a Buddhi...more
Christine Jensen
Approximate Interest Level/Reading Level: High School

Format: Chapter Book

Awards: ALA Best Book for Young Adults (2010), ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2010)

At the insistence of his father, Marcelo, a male adolescent with a condition resembling Asperger’s Syndrome, is forced to participate in the “real world” by working at his father’s law firm over the summer. The typical behaviors of autism, accompanied by atypical introspection and insight, leads Marcelo into the position of contempl...more
Becky
Meet Marcelo Sandoval. Read his story. Witness first-hand the transition from dream world to real world.

Marcelo has always been different. (He lives in a tree house, for example.) Lived in his own little world--not cut off from the world, by any means, but taking it in at his own pace, staying in his comfort zone, doing this much and no more. Marcelo has autism--Asberger's Syndrome to be exact. He's always chosen to attend a special school--Paterson--to be with children and teens who are differe...more
Willinda
Marcelo, Marcelo…ufff…co já si s ním jen počtu? Už od začátku jsem věděla, že to nebude jen tak obyčejná knížka, kterou si přečtu, oblíbím a schovám do knihovničky. Od přečtení o ní neustále přemýšlím a snažím se ujasnit si své myšlenky o samotném Marcelovi, o knize, o jeho poslání, o všem, co s knihou souvisí, ale zatím se mi to vůbec nepovedlo. Tak co s ním mám jenom dělat?
Marcelo ve skutečném světě je naprosto jedinečná a neobyčejná kniha, kterou by si měl každý přečíst. A pokud vám to nesta...more
Megan
Marcelo in the Real World is the story of a teenager with Asperger's Syndrome who has spent his life attending a private school for kids with mental and physical disabilities. At the beginning of the book, we learn that Marcelo’s father wants him to spend a summer, and possibly next school year in “the real world” ~ working and interacting with people outside of his protected comfort zone. I’ve read so many good reviews and have been looking forward to this book for so long, that it is a huge di...more
Hallie
Still digesting this a bit, but my general feeling is that there was a bit too much going on, though much of it was wonderful. The combination of a regular coming-of-age story with a 'Asperger's is the closest to a description of my condition' one with a romance with a legal-mystery with a spiritual coming-of-age was a lot for one book, and I thought it left some of the elements which were resolved wonderfully in one sphere very much less so in another. The spiritual and the regular coming-of-ag...more
Claudia
Feb 26, 2010 Claudia added it Recommends it for: everyone. everywhere
Recommended to Claudia by: I heard the author at Philly
Shelves: ya-books
"Her belief is in her deeds." I'm paraphrasing, but one of the characters says this about Marcelo's mother when he worries about her possible loss of faith. The more I thought about this line, the more I realized it applies to each character in this exquisite YA novel. Marcelo's father, the high-powered, self-made lawyer, wants to force Marcelo into the 'real world,' a place Marcelo, with his Aspergers, has been sheltered from...His father believes the 'real world' will toughen Marcelo, make him...more
oliviasbooks
I had swapped this on a sudden whim and now, now I am completely baffled by how much I loved reading it. I have to clean the appartment and bake a tart, but I am still sitting around in my pajamas because I was shortening and shortening the minimum amount of time I need to get things done - only because I did not want to put Marcelo aside. His story has - much to my surprise - turned out to be powerfully addicting. Don't you love these little wonders you come across as an unsuspecting reader? Al...more
Dawn
I'm almost done with this and I don't want it to end. I'm going to save the ending for another day. I don't want it to end. This book is delicious the way The Secret Life of Bees is delicious. It's delicious the way The Secret Garden is delicious. I love this book. I am so grateful that it threw itself at me when I was in the library. I don't want to say anything more about it because I don't want to spoil any delicious discovery and/or surprise for anyone who might be thinking of reading it. I'...more
Jane
Where I got the book: my local library.

Marcelo is 17 and has Asperger Syndrome, which means he's on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. He's smart, good-looking, and socially inept. His special interest (aspies generally have one) is religion. He hears his own internal music. All Marcelo wants to do is to stay at his private special school, where he's learned to like who he is and has developed an interest in training ponies. But his lawyer father wants Marcelo to go to the local pu...more
Kwoomac
A problem I have when either reading an ebook (my autocorrect wants to change this to snook!) or listening to an audio book is that I have no real sense of where I am in the story. Is this conflict being introduced halfway through the story or is it near the end? It makes a difference. For me this is important info so I can try to figure out where the author is going, if he is going somewhere. With Marcelo, I kept thinking, okay now it's near the end but it never was. Okay, at some point it was...more
Nikki Finn
V první řadě mě nechte trošičku povznášet se nad krásnou obálkou. Líbila se mi už předtím, než jsem začala číst, když se mi prvně dostala do rukou, ale až po přečtení chápu onen "domeček" ve stromě a noční oblohu posetou milionem hvězd. Nádhera!

CooBoo opět přišlo s knihou, o které jsem neměla ani tušení, že existuje. Pro mne, opět, neznámý autor, který mne mile překvapil. Ruth, jeho matka, byla svobodná těhotná dívka, kterou otec poslal do kláštera, aby se nikdo nedozvěděl, že čeká dítě. Původně...more
Lindsey Kay
THIS BOOK. I don't even know where to start. It's been sitting on my "to read" stack for almost a year, and I feel so embarrassed that I didn't manage to read it sooner. There isn't a single word I would change in this book. It's the kind of book I dream of my books being. It's so sincere, so tense, so loving, so absolutely unique.

So the protagonist has something different about him that can't quite be surprised. He'll matter-of-factly say that his condition most resembles the symptoms associat...more
Holly
Originally posted at Book Harbinger.

Seventeen-year-old Marcelo Sandoval is different than most teenagers, and most people for that matter. He has a cognitive disorder similar to mild autism that allows him to hear “mental” music, or music that comes from within himself. Marcelo likes to call it internal music, or the IM. To no chagrin of his, the condition has kept him at the sheltered Paterson, a private school for kids with special needs. His mother Aurora has always been supportive of Marcelo...more
Barbara (VampAngel)
I LOVED this book. It's beautiful in a subtle way. It's gentle and subdued, but oh so deep. Goodness is it's message. Doing the right thing. Marcelo is special, and not because he has AS, but because he has the kindest soul I've probably ever read about. I had tears leaking out of my eyes at the end, but not because it was sad, but because it was just beautiful.

Also, it's way better than The Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I couldn't connect with the latter, but I sure connected deeply wi...more
Karlan
Mar 29, 2009 Karlan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: adult, ya
This beautifully written book is published ya, but adults who enjoyed THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME will wonder if it isn't time for dual editions here as in Great Britain. Marcelo, a 17 year old with Asperger's syndrome, has been educated in a special private school but takes a summer mail room job at his father's law firm. He has a strong moral sense and discovers much more than his father wished during his time at the law firm. The author is able to convey Marcelo's way o...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Wow. A little bit like Born on a Blue Day or Flowers for Algernon - but it's not just getting to know the character that's exciting, it's also the mystery that he gets involved in. Excellent for lots of readers of diverse interests. Recommended for mature teens and adults, though, not innocent or early teens (lots of sexual references that might make a sheltered young person feel weird).
Maria M. Elmvang
Very beautiful story. Marcelo is the epitome of naivety and innocence that I almost hated that he had to be brought into the real world, and learn about the suffering man can bring upon man. I spent most of the book marvelling at his integrity and hoping he wouldn't sacrifice it in order to complete in "the real world."
Donalyn
This was a touching story that defies categorization: part family story, part love story, part crime story. What will stick with me is the beauty of Marcelo's gentle spirit and his insightful interpretations of the "real world."
Minnie Dreamer
Ja. Nemám. Slov. Marcelo je úžasný. Táto kniha je úžasná. Ja sa teraz cítim úžasne, lebo sa nekonal žiadny smutný koniec ani nič podobného. Páni. Fakt nemám slov.
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Francisco X. Stork was born in Mexico. He moved to El Paso Texas with his adoptive father and mother when he was nine. He attended Spring Hill College, Harvard University and Columbia Law School. He works as an attorney with a state agency in Massachusetts that finances affordable housing. He is married and has two grown children and one beautiful granddaughter.
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