Book Review: Marcelo in the Real World

Book Review by Alexis Garcia

What is the title of the book you are reviewing?
Marcelo in the Real World.

Who is the author of the book?
Francisco X. Stork.

What would you rate the book?
5 stars: Excellent book!

What is this book about? (Tell us about the theme of the book and major highlights. Please don’t give away the ending!)
Well the book centers around a 17-year-old Mexican boy named Marcelo with an autism spectrum disorder. In this book, Marcelo is forced to work in his overbearing father’s law firm because his father wants him to adapt to the “real world,” instead of working with ponies like Marcelo wanted to. A lot of crazy things happen in this story. A lot of the characters belittle Marcelo because they find him stupid, even though he is actually smart. Marcelo soon faces many obstacles and becomes close friends with a woman named Jasmine who shares a love for music like he does. Marcelo has a special way of hearing music.

What did you like about the book?
I like how the book was told from Marcelo’s perspective, his imagery and the fact that he speaks in the third person. I also like the closeness between him and Jasmine. She is almost overprotective of him. I like how Marcelo changes and grows throughout the story and learns how to stand up for himself, and make his own decisions.

Who was your favorite character in the book and why?
Automatically, I liked Marcelo. But I also liked Jasmine. She was rude, stubborn, and kept to herself mostly in the beginning. Throughout the story Marcelo grew on her and she began to open up to him. She even took him camping, and I just believed that they were extremely cute together. I like how she tried to make him feel as comfortable as possible.

What didn’t you like about the story or the writing style?
Well I can’t say what I didn’t like about the book because then it would reveal part of the ending.

What other books would you recommend?
I would also recommend The Boy Who Couldn’t Die by William Sleator.

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