Marcelo in the Real World

Marcelo in the Real World Review

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 Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm.

He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file -- a picture of a girl with half a face -- that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.

Reminiscent of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" in the intensity and purity of its voice, this extraordinary novel is a love story, a legal drama, and a celebration of the music each of us hears inside.

Title:Marcelo in the Real World
Edition Language:English

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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 thems...

  • 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? ...

  • Tatiana

    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 hi...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 diagnose...

  • 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. I...

  • C.G. Drews

    Gosh. ANOTHER book I had a super hard time rating. I really loved the characters/writing, but the plot? Ugh. It was not my thing at all. I have a lot of problems with this book. I love it a lot, b...

  • 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 in...

  • Naban (hiatus)

    I loved Marcelo. The struggles he faced as a not so normal guy in the real world were truly touching. I can't say the same for other characters, the only likable character we actually get to know bein...

  • jesse

    3.5/5plɹoʍ lɐǝɹ ǝɥʇ uı olǝɔɹɐɯmarcelo 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 t...