Marcelo is a seventeen year old boy who has hears music that nobody else can hear- it is part of an autism-like condition that no doctor has been able to diagnose. However, his father doesn’t really believe in the music or Marcelo’s differences, and he makes Marcelo work in the mail-room of his law firm for the summer… to join “the real world.” Marcelo meets Jasmine, his coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. He learns about competition, jealousy, anger and desire. Marcelo’s father is a real jerk. Marcelo had been planning on working at his special school and training ponies, which I personally think sounds awesome and way more interesting, but instead, he’s forced to sit at a desk all summer long because his father wants him to “learn about the real world”. But he does learn something, I think, from the experience. But this is a really sad book, and it made me really angry at different times. 311 pages, 3 1/2 stars.

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