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Marcelo In The Real World (urspr publ 2009; utgåvan 2011)

av Francisco X. Stork

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Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.
Medlem:mrssymes
Titel:Marcelo In The Real World
Författare:Francisco X. Stork
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
3.5 stars
I'm not sure where to begin with this. On one hand, I loved this book. On the other hand, I do have a few major problems with it.

Firstly, the positives: Marcelo in the Real World features an autistic, Latino protagonist (super important representation!), Marcelo is not judged for his positive experience at a school for disabled children, complex themes such as religion, injustice and love are explored and the story gives an insight to the difficulties autistic people face when adjusting to the neurotypical world. On top of that, the book is easy to read and the writing is solid.

As for my complaints, I was quite disappointed in the usage of "functioning" labels. Myself and many others in the autistic community regard functioning labels as harmful, and Marcelo is consistently praised for his "extremely high-functioning" autism. As someone who would medically be considered "mildly autistic", it was difficult to read that praise, as it denies support and recognition of my issues. Besides, it also implies "low-functioning" autistics have less worth, which is an inhumane statement in itself.
Then, there was the focus on becoming a "regular" person. This was particularly emphasised at the end of the book: Marcelo managed to "fit in" by masking his autistic traits as much as he could and he's happy about it. That is not a message that should be spread, and this comes from someone who has mastered the skill of what we call masking in the autistic community. The solution is not to have autistic people hide parts of themselves, it is to give them space to be themselves.
I also didn't appreciate the inconsistent narrative. Marcelo switches from talking in first and third person regularly, even though it is implied in the beginning of the story that he only uses first person language when he consciously reminds himself of it. Some thing just didn't really add up.

Despite my complaints, I really enjoyed this Y/A novel. Being a seventeen-year-old is hard enough, let alone being thrown into a judgmental, confusing world which is completely out of your comfort zone. I think the autistic representation could've been better, but it's a start (besides, a neurotypical will never be able to portray us as well as we deserve, so let's give autistic authors a voice!).

Note: this book includes several ableist slurs, such as the r-word, m*ron and imb*cile. ( )
  frtyfour | Jun 16, 2020 |
LOVED it. 4 stars since the Ixtel subplot seemed out of place at first, but otherwise 5 stars. ( )
  isabelgk | Jan 11, 2020 |
Done! Review to go up after book club! ( )
  rkcraig88 | Jul 15, 2019 |
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Shot with spirtualism, laced with love, and fraught with conundrums, this book, like Marcelo himself, surprises.
tillagd av khuggard | ändraBooklist, Ilene Cooper
 
Writing in a first-person narrative, Stork does an amazing job of entering Marcelo's consciousness and presenting him as a dynamic, sympathetic, and wholly believable character.
tillagd av khuggard | ändraSchool Library Journal, Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo
 
. . . in the skillful hands of Francisco X. Stork, 17-year-old Marcelo Sandoval is the bravest, most original hero I’ve met in years.
 
Stork introduces ethical dilemmas, the possibility of love, and other real world conflicts, all the while preserving the integrity of his characterizations and intensifying the novel's psychological and emotional stakes. Not to be missed.
tillagd av khuggard | ändraPublishers Weekly
 
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