Rating: 5/5 stars.
Absolutely stunning. I haven’t read a book worthy of five stars in a while, and I am so grateful to my friend for recommending this to me.
Marcelo hears music that no one else can. He has been diagnosed with an impairment similar to autism, but higher-functioning – he can process things but it takes him time, and he is able to adapt to social situations through learning and experience. However, this is not enough to satisfy his father, a powerful and persuasive lawyer. His father decides to have Marcelo work in the mail room of his law firm for the summer, giving him a taste of the real world. He meets Jasmine, his beautiful and no-nonsense coworker, and learns of the greed, jealousy, and beauty of mankind.
This book touched me. There are many words to describe what Stork has achieved created with Marcelo in the Real World: poignant, profound, glorious… but when it comes down to it, this is a book that reveals the truth of human nature in its darkest and most illuminated form.
Protagonists like Marcelo only come once in a blue moon – so perfectly toned in voice and dialogue, yet flawed enough to make the reader empathize with him. He has a mental illness similar to Asperger’s, but it provides him with an even more secular view of the world. Thought-provoking, inspiring, and even humorous at times, readers will cheer for Marcelo throughout this book and beyond it.