Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Mango-Shaped Space (book review)

A Mango-Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass, is the story of a girl with a rare condition struggling to fit in. Thirteen-year-old Mia appears to be the most normal child in her family--after all, her brother keeps a chart of all the hamburgers he's ever eaten, and her sister dies her hair as often as she changes clothes. But Mia knows that she is anything but normal. Letters, numbers and sounds have colors for her. D is a pinkish purple, for example, and slamming the door causes her to see brown rings floating in the air. Difficulty at school forces her to reveal her secret, and now she feels like a freak. It will only be when Mia loses something incredibly special that she realizes just how much her colors mean to her.

This was an incredibly moving book. It was sad, humorous, and heartwarming all at different times. It was a great book for people of all ages. The heroine is someone whom people can relate to as she struggles with school problems, crushes, and the loss of a loved one.


Nymeth said...

This does sound wonderful. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, Annie. On a side note, is it me or spam commenters are growing less and less imaginative?

Jeane said...

Did the character have autism? From what I've read of the disorder, that's what it sounds like.

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Debi said...


I actually don't get that many spam comments, but I have gotten some and I think you're right.


Thanks! Actually, she had synesthesia, which is a disease where two or more of your senses are linked. Some people taste words, for example, or like the main character, see colors when they hear sounds. It's really kind of interesting.


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