A Mango-shaped Space
Mia Winchell has synesthesia, the mingling of perceptions whereby a person can see sounds, smell colors, or taste shapes. Forced to reveal her condition, she must look to herself to develop an understanding and appreciation of her gift in this coming-of-age novel.
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This would have been a four star book if it wasn’t for the degradation at the end into a swirling mass of teen angst.
Yeah, I am not so much into teen angst.
The author did a great job in getting you into Mia’s head, on how scared and frustrated she was with her synesthesia. It made you think, on how the torments of the other children in her third grade math class effected her. On how she kept her synesthesia a secret until she had to tell her...more
Here's what I don't like: Mass is at pains throughout the novel to make sure everyone knows her narrator is young. I also have mixed feelings about it winning an award (the Kaplan award I believe) for artistically representing life with a disability.
Here's some in...more
In any case, below is the email I sent to them today. It'll have to do as my review, as I don't feel like writing anymore:
One of my new favorite websites, www.goodreads.com, led me to a reading group for those who love young adult literatur...more
My sort of synethesia equals seeing colours in music based on the key, smelling music, tasting it. Feeling the texture of it on my skin. Songs can have a temperature or a time of day like as song can be in the key of D or something and feel like a night sort of song or in the key of D minor and be grey like an overcast day.
I can also taste wor...more
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
A Mango-Shaped Space is about a girl named Mia who has synesthesia. The color for her name is a sunflower yellow, and the numbers get mixed up in math class all the time. Her parents freak out when she tells them, and when her cat dies all of her colors disappear. Mia is very confused about what to do in her life, but ends up finding a lot of friends who understand and respect her. Eventually, everyone in her class figures out that sh...more
I'm only a few years shy of being twice Mia the narrator's age, but found her to be awesome. Definitely not perfect and kind of a pain in the butt to other characters at times (terrible school project partner, for one) but such a realistic, hilarious 13-year-old.
The character development was great in gene...more
A Mango Shaped Space tells the tale of Mia Winchell (what an awesome name!) , a secret synesthete. Mia sees colors when she hears sounds, and letters, numbers, and names all have names for her. Except she hasn’t told anyone.
Mia is terrified of the reaction of her fellow students if they ever learn...more
Quick synopsis: Mia is different than everyone she knows. For years she's kept a secret - she sees colors in sounds and letters and words. Finally in her eighth grade year, when her colors begin to seriously affect her schoolwork, she realizes she can't keep them a secret any longer. Mia's story is one of self-discovery, acceptance, loss, and h...more
The end of the book hit me pretty hard emotio...more
The first difference was that in this book, our main character had this condition her whole life, but found no name for it until she was in her teens. She's then hooked up with a support group of other people sharing her condition, and finds herself in what she views as an exciting new world. R...more
The book is an excellent read if you are also interested in Synesthesia and it's many different forms. It was pretty beautiful to read as it adds this third dimension of colors to the mix. It was also a pretty accurate description of what it was like to be 13. It was a little horrifying to re...more
Probably my favorite part of the book that will all ways stay with me is when she goes on the website for people like her and at the top it says something on the lines of "We've tried coloring the letters and words to match how you see them , but now they are black because one persons red 'R' is an others blue 'R'". This is one of the most important part of every day life, it's the moment when someon...more
I think that this book is an easy, enjoyable read that helps young readers/teens learn about growing up and taking life one stride at a time. It also introduces a condition about which not all of us know, and that might address some key questions for those who share its traits...
Narrated in the 1st person,...more
A Mango-Shaped Space is a book about a girl named Mia. Ever since Mia was little, she has seen colors and shapes that go with numbers, letters, etc. In third grade, Mia rewrote a math problem with the correct colors, the colors that she gave each number. Then, her teacher made her apologize for fooling around in class. Also, Mia's classmates called her a freak. In the end, Mia had to go to the principal's office. There she confessed to fool...more
Mia is a young girl who all her life has had a condition known as synestesia. The pressence of synestesia in her life has it's ups and downs. For example; while she is very good at art and other creative endevours, she has alot of trouble with math and spanish since in her mind a sunset red 1 does not mix with a sunflower yellow 7 to make a lime green 8 (The same consept...more
Mia is a great little character. She's just... teenagery enough to be believable, without it being overdone. She seems like a NORMAL kid (hence the "realistic-fiction" shelving). (In other words, she's doesn't make so many ridiculously stupid decisions that you want to bang your head against a wall, like a lot of "teen" characters I've read.) Sure, she's naive, an...more
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