Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco X. Stork is the captivating story of the narrator, Marcelo. Throughout his whole life, he has been able to hear music that nobody else can- which is an outcome of his Aspergers syndrome. To Marcelo, his differences have never been visible until his father forces him to take a job at his law firm in attempt to learn how the ‘real world works’. He learns to blend in until he finds a picture of an injured girl and feels the injustice and pain of the world for the first time.
One of the main techniques the author used throughout the novel was dialogue. In the beginning of the novel, Marcelo’s condition is not stated so the readers rely on the slow speech patterns in the dialogue to infer his condition. The use of dialogue is also vital in the later sections of the book when Marcelo begins to adapt to the ‘real world’. When Marcelo uses phrases or slang he didn’t know before his internship, the reader can see the adaptations Marcelo has made to his environment and culture.
I would recommend this book to all high school students because of the eye-opening themes and thought provoking ideas. The author’s simple narrative style, reminiscent of popular authors such as John Green, makes the book easy for teens to relate to and an interesting read.