Teen Book Club

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork

Heather A., 17 10/11/2009 10:23 PM
Francisco Stork
Marcelo in the Real World
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: I think the most compelling aspect of the book is the decisions and questions Marcelo come to, and he always seems to make the right descision even though he's never been faced with problems like these or told how to handle them. Though he was confused about human emotions and expressions (both on people's faces and in speech) he seemed to have so much of it himself. It was really a touching book.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Yes. For one, it is a really good book. I got a look into the world of those who are too afraid to enter it. Marcelo was a young man who, although was unsure, braved the real world he was sent out into by his father. He went through many trials and yet he always maintaned his sweet, innocence (more like naivety thought). This was a beautiful book and it really touched me. I hope it sells lots.
Rating? 4 Better than most
This book was marvelous, and yet at the same time it had a touch to it that was missing I think. I really loved it, but I felt something else should have been there. I'm not sure what it is, but I think if the author found what it was, then this book would be rated a 10 for me.
Annotation: This is a very compelling book about a teenger who is trying to find his place in the world, while also working through his troubles. He always seemed to keep a light innocence around him even though he is mocked at work everyday because he doesn't understand some things like others would. However, I believe he can understand so much more. He is very sharp, and has a big heart. I give this book an A.
Bistro. CHS

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