I am reviewing this book for the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012 (Literary Fiction).
I read this book for my Young Adult Literature class.
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. The narrator’s voice was so authentic that when I put the book down I still had Marcelo in my head and was talking to myself in his tone. Even though Marcelo in the Real World is told in the first person, Marcelo often speaks of himself in the third person which makes for a unique writing style. The plot was very engrossing and I continued reading as I wanted to know how the conflicts would be resolved.