Marcelo In The Real World

Meet Marcelo, a 17-year-old guy on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. If you read this teen novel, Marcelo's precise communication will affect you. This is how he explains his condition to Jasmine, his boss in the mail room of his father's law firm where Marcelo works for the summer: "The primary characteristics of AS, which is what Asperger's Syndrome is called for short, occur in the areas of communication and social interaction, and there is usually some kind of pervasive interest. The AS person is different than most people in these areas." Jasmine's response is memorable: ". . . That pretty much sums up every guy I've ever dated." Their relationship -- and Marcelo's evolving personality as he encounters ethical dilemmas and family secrets -- make this a richly rewarding book.