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Marcelo in the Real World
December 23, 2010, 11:27 am
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Marcelo in the Real World
By: Francisco X. Stork

“The term ‘cognitive disorder’ implies there is something wrong with the way I think or the way I perceive reality. I perceive reality just fine. Sometimes I perceive more of reality than others.” ~Marcelo

Marcelo Sandoval, the character who’s telling the story from his own perspective, can hear music that no one else can. Though he has an autism-like condition that the medical world has not been able to identify but acknowledges, his father has never truly believed in the music that Marcelo hears or that his differences are a part of him. He forces Marcelo to work in the mailroom of his law firm for the summer so that he can get a piece of reality and become incorporated into the “real world.”

While there, Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful, but confusing coworker, and Wendell, the greedy son of another lawyer. He learns about how competition and jealousy can cause anger and desire and how things aren’t always as they seem. While he is trying to become the person his dad wants him to be, he finds a picture in a file of a girl whose face is half destroyed.

Through the trials of finding the meaning of what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong,’ he finally finds out that the real world isn’t that perfect after all, love will find you when you are least expecting it, and that everyone has the choice to fight back.

The book is a page turner, where you start to understand how someone with mental condition feels and perceives reality. It drags the reader into the mind of Marcelo and makes the book that more interesting. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a love story mixed with the cover up of a crime.

~Ciara Kellogg

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