Saturday, March 10, 2007

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Another enjoyable Young Adult read recommended by Leila of Bookshelves of Doom. The protagonist, Mia Winchell, is a thirteen-year-old girl who has somehow managed to keep her family and friends from discovering her Big Secret, which is that she has synesthesia, and sees brightly coloured shapes in response to any sound, word, letter, or number she encounters. I've never read a book about this condition before, and Mia's experience was intriguing, particularly after her secret comes out and she begins to learn more about how to fully experience her "colours".

There were a few areas where the book didn't quite ring true to me; some of the secondary characters are a bit one-dimensional, and Mia's siblings are just a little bit too unique. However, on the whole it was a quick, absorbing read which made a very nice counterpoint to the jargon-heavy novel I just finished.

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