Marcelo in the Real World

The first time I ever saw the cover of Marcelo in the Real World, I knew I had to read it.  Then, I promptly forgot it.  Then, every time it popped up again, I knew I had to have it.  Then I’d forget again.Flash forward to Christmas and my most excellent friend Chris got it for me for Christmas!! And then, no, I didn’t forget about it, I placed it in the lineup of books and read it in January.

Then I forgot to review it.

Obviously I don’t have a brain because it is not the book’s fault.  AT ALL.  This book is beyond all kinds of excellent.  Let me tell you about it.

Marcelo Sandoval can hear music.  Music no one else can hear.  Doctors have been unable to identify this autistic-like trait and Marcelo has always attended a special school where he fits in more than he would a public school.  Yet, this summer, his father wants him, no, demands, that Marcelo come work in his law firm so that he can experience “the real world.” Here, Marcelo meets Jasmine and Wendell and his life changes forever.

He learns many new and surprising emotions.  He learns about jealousy, competition, anger and desire.  He learns about secrets and deception.  He definitely learns about “the real world” and all it’s pain, all it’s joy, all it’s heartbreak, and all it’s love.

Francisco X. Stork has proven himself a master writer in my eyes with this fantastic book.  Marcelo is a singular character; I’ve never met another like him.  His every anomaly; hearing music, osbession with religion, sleeping in a tree house, serve to make him more endearing.   Despite his sudden entry into the world of office tasks, office politics, and the emotions that come with living in “the real world,” his voice never wavers from the childlike mentality he has.   Stork never compromises Marcelo’s voice, despite all the changes he goes through over the course of this one summer.  Stork’s use of the first person narrative serves to lead the reader directly into Marcelo’s mind and gives one a glimpse of what it’s like to learn how to navigate a world as unfamiliar, terrifying, and confusing as  the real one.

I loved this book.  Marcelo in the Real World is simply one of the most moving stories I’ve ever read.  It’s a lovely, thought-provoking book with many issues to think about.  The writing is gorgeous.  All the characters felt real, they live and breathe on the page, and wonderfully developed.  I couldn’t help but fall in love with Marcelo.  I highly recommend this to teenagers and adults alike.

A huge thank you to Chris for bringing this special book into my life.  You’re the best Chris!!

Marcelo in the Real World
Francisco X. Stork
Category:
Young Adult
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books
Format: Hardcover, 320 Pages
On Sale: (March 1, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0545054744

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14 thoughts on “Marcelo in the Real World

  1. That sounds really, really good. And I can see why you would have a hard time resisting that cover, it is very eye-catching and certainly makes you want to discover just who those two people holding hands are.

  2. I'm not going to read the full review on this because I don't want to get any inside secrets 🙂

    This one has been sitting on my shelf for awhile and I continue to hear such great things about it. I really need to prioritize it. I'm glad you enjoyed it 🙂
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Kitty Keswick – Freaksville =-.

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