I recently finished reading MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD, and I totally recommend it. It was written by Francisco X. Stork and edited by Cheryl Klein (Arthur A. Levine Books), one of the editors who spoke at our SCBWI fall retreat.
Here's the blub:
"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."
I'd assumed I would like the book, but it blew away my expectations. The characters felt like living, breathing people--something we writers strive to accomplish in our own manuscripts. Between these three-dimensional characters and the unique plot, I was hooked, and I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it.
While I don't do official book reviews at my blog, I enjoy sharing some of the titles that excite me. MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD is definitely one of them.
How about you? Are you reading anything super good right now? Otherwise, have you read anything recently that you'd like to recommend?
I'm going to be mostly unplugged until next week so I can focus on my family for the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!