Annalisa's Reviews > Marcelo in the Real World

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Aug 21, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, issue, voice, contemporary, cover
Recommended to Annalisa by: Cheryl
Read from August 16 to 19, 2010

I love unique voices, especially when their view on the world is skewed and you, as the reader, can see the chasm between reality and the main character's reality. Marcelo, a seventeen-year-old with asperger's syndrome, fits the bill beautifully. After spending his childhood sheltered in a school for disabled children, his father makes him spend the summer working at his law firm so he learns how to deal with real-world situations. At the law firm, Marcelo befriends his boss in the mail room, Jasmine, and learns to meander the labyrinth of friendship maybe attraction. He also struggles with the conniving son of the other partner, Wendell, whom his father encourages him to befriend despite the way Wendell treats Marcelo, caught between what he believes is right and what his father expects of him. The lessons he learns in the real world may not be the ones his father wanted but they are very much the lessons Marcelo needs to learn in life. I loved reading his analytic with no emotion trains of thought while he was in sensory overload trying to understand everything thrown at him. And I loved that he referred to everyone in the third person. Marcelo's voice is one that will stick with you.

The line that made me laugh out loud was this: "I don't know if the fact that we are sleeping next to each other means we are going to have sexual intercourse." I may have repeated the line to husband once or twice before going to bed. On a side note, I adore Stork's editor (I read her blog) and was happy not to find one mistake in the book.
2 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Marcelo in the Real World.
Sign In »

Comments (showing 1-1 of 1) (1 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

Kat Kennedy I love this book! It's so sweet and different.

back to top