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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,565 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francisco Stork, Francisco X. Stork Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear—part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify—and 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, 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.

Reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the intensity and purity of its voice, this extraordinary novel is a love story, a legal drama, and a celebration of the music each of us hears inside.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Children's Fiction

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Connie Near | 2/11/2014

    " I read this book this summer. It was very informative while being very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Trish | 2/5/2014

    " This book took awhile to get into, but it finished strong. Having the main character refer to himself in third person as well as his referring to his parents by their first names took some getting used to. As I read, I kept wondering if the author was accurately portraying Marcelo, a young man with Aspberger's. Marcelo's father wanted Marcelo to get a taste of the real world, so he had him work in his law office for the summer. During the summer, he learned how painful the real world could be. Realizing that people--including his father--weren't as good as he had believed gave Marcelo a dose of the real world and caused him to question his faith in God and religion. His conversation with a rabbi towards the end of the book was thought-provoking as the two pondered how to figure out God's will. Religion wasn't the main focus of the book, but it came on strong at the end. It makes sense that as a person struggles with the real world, his relationship with God would be questioned as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joelle Anthony | 1/29/2014

    " I loved everything about this book from the writing to the cover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by bjneary | 1/28/2014

    " This book was in my TBR library for way too long, the junior high gave us their copy because of inappropriate stuff, but the senior high kids will enjoy this book, I certainly did. Marcelo was my hero from page one, I didn't like his dad, but maybe he had a little teeny point in making him work in the real world. Wendell was such a snake and I squirmed when he discussed Jasmine, what he demanded from Marcelo,and how confused Marcelo became with the choices he had to make. If you liked Haddon's book, Curious Incident of Dog in Night-Time, you will love this book. Both books are enlightening and sympathetic to the Asperger Syndrome characters and it is amazing to look at the way they view the world, interact with others, and ultimately make their way in the world. I really enjoyed Marcelo's mother and the rabbi who helped Marcelo just by talking about "things", life, etc. I enjoyed Marcelo's descriptions of people, animals, his surroundings and his feelings about what he is experiencing. "

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