This book is a useful read for anyone who is either on the spectrum or who wants to understand the experience of having a non-neurotypical brain better or have the experience mirrored positively. The main character, Marcelo, begins the story in a special high school and likes ponies a lot. He identifies himself as similar to Asperger’s. He is referred to as being on the autism spectrum, but the book does not over-focus on labeling or on his specific condition.
The story is accessible, and brings a lot of humanity to the main character’s situation. The plot focuses on what happens when the main character is forced into the “real world” for a summer, and encounters the reality of human suffering. Through that experience, the author depicts how literal language, predictable routines and lists interplay together in Marcelo’s life, and shows in vivid detail the conflict between ethical behavior and success “in the real world.” [Read more…] about Book: Marcelo in the Real World