martes, 6 de julio de 2010

Must Read this Summer, Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco Stork.

Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco Stork

Arthur A. Levine Books
320 p.

Seventeen-year-old Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear, part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify. Marcelo is tagged with a "developmental disorder" because of his pervasive interest in God and all things religious and because he does not relate to others as expected. 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, a beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. Marcelo 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.
Personal Note: Haven't read this one yet, but I think that this special topic, is so interesting and that people should be more informed about this kind of disorders, so we can understand and appreciate better the magic in every person.

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