Marcelo in the Real World is a realistic fiction book about a teenage boy diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome finding the door to the real world and leaving his confined isolation behind. Marcelo was a solitary figure in society who lived in his imagination, dreaming about attending a school working with horses. To his fantasy’s demise, his father forced Marcelo to enroll in a public school to face the real environment and live out his dreams. This was his father’s plan for Marcelo to carry on with education and in the latter, take his position in a law firm. As the teenage boy was interning in the business, he noticed a disturbing portrait of a girl, who has been unjustly denied help from the lawyers. Even from the holes between Marcelo’s knowledge of how the world functions and his thoughts, he ultimately knew that he had to resolve this issue for the girl to face justice. In the end, Marcelo developed as an individual and created a sense of belonging to society, no longer being a stranger at his home.
The original plot and character development made me realize that this book was not just a mere story, but a literary masterpiece. I loved seeing how Marcelo overcame his conflicts with the determination of knowing that he had to do what was right, which probably inspired other students to do the same. I would rate this book five stars and recommend it to readers of any age.