Friday, December 13, 2013

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork*****

In Marcelo in the Real World, Marcelo is at Paterson School for special needs children until he is taken home. Marcelo is autistic, and his parents want to know if it's okay for him to go to a public school. Everyone says it's Marcelo's decision. Meanwhile, Marcelo's father wants him to work at his law firm. Marcelo says he will work at the law firm. There he meets Jasmine and Wendell, two people who will be helping him in the real world. Marcelo learns that Wendell has a crush on Jasmine, but Jasmine finds Wendell creepy. Wendell devises a bunch of disgusting plans to get Jasmine with Marcelo, but Marcelo isn't interested. He is more interested in a case where a girl lost half her face to a car accident. He wants to help her and find out why the law firm wasn't doing anything to help. This enchanting story of Marcelo and his many adventures in the real world will sweep you off your feet.

This book is very heart-touching. It was one of the rare occasions where I actually get teary-eyed at a book. I loved this book, except there was a lot of very strong language used throughout the book. I think the author uses amazing detail and uses it at the right time. The descriptions are amazing. There are no random sentences in the middle of a part where it didn't fit in well. I loved this book, and I will think about what it would be like to be Marcelo for a long time.