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Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
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Mar 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, american, favourite-ya, new-sanctuary
Read on May 08, 2011 , read count: 1

This was kind of unexpected. Reading the blurb, I thought it would be a quirky mystery/love-story centred around an autistic young man, but it turned out to be much more serious than that. While there are some stereotypes in it (lawyers = sleazeballs, for example, and privileged young men in law school, even worse), this novel is also truly moving in a way that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time can't quite match up to. As Marcelo negotiates life in his father's law firm, I find myself unable to look away from the next revelation/ epiphany... and so I finished it in one day in a post-elections daze.

(I am now going on to my third consecutive book with a male narrator, Where She Went. I need to cleanse my palate pretty soon with some non-YA...)
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