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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Marcelo in the Read World

Marcelo in the Read World by Francisco X. Stork (March 1st 2009—Arthur A. Levine)

Grade: 3 stars out of 5

Summary: “Marcelo Sandoval hears music that nobody else can hear – part of an autism-like condition that no doctor has been able to identify. But his father has never fully believed in the music or Marcelo's differences, and he challenges Marcelo to work in the mailroom of his law firm for the summer…to join "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.”

Review: Marcelo in the Read World reminded me a tad bit of Flowers for Algernon. However a few more pages in, it did seem to be the appropriate. And then it hit me—technically the book gave it away—Forest Gump. It was the tone of the novel, the actions that Marcelo partaken in that reminded me so much of it.

The writing style was stark, crude, and in-your-face. Right from the gecko the reader jumps into the novel. You tend to get lost when introduced to a new character as the author writes as if he expects you to know them already.

Directly from Marcelo’s point of view you get a close understand to everyday struggles to the most common aspects. His confusion to simple phrases and words, trying to grasp the meaning through his own thought pattern.

I guess in terms of liking it or not, I am somewhere in the middle. The beginning and end was great but the middle dragged and was heavy in the law aspect. I had to read on and off to keep a slight interest.

Overall: An interesting read to say the less.

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  1. I do like the cover. Reminds me of a Summer night.

  2. Oh, good review. I have this on my TBR pile but it doesn't sound like me at all. Thanks.

  3. I'm so sad you didn't like this :( I loved it! Well, to each his/her own.

  4. Aw I really did like the cover, now I am mad it didn't live up to its potential.

  5. I'm in the middle of reading this one and so far I'm liking it, but I know what you mean aboout it dragging a little.

  6. Gecko? Isn't it get go? *Is puzzled*