Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Mia has synesthesia and sees colors in sounds, letters, and shapes. She thinks she is the only one who sees this and after she is laughed at in grammar school, she tries to hide her "condition."  But then Mia meets  five-year-old Billy in a grocery store who tells her, "Mia is a pretty name. It's purple with orange stripes." Billy's mother pulls him away and shushes him but Mia begins to believe she's not the only one with this condition.

Although I have never heard of this before, synesthesia is a real condition. And although it's not always easy having synesthesia, when Mia temporarily loses this ability, she misses it and the world seems rather drab.

This is a wonderful book and quite short and easy to read. There are arguments with Mia's best friend, sorrow over the loss of her grandfather, and an unlikely romance with a boy Mia meets in an online support group. All-in-all, a lovely book and highly recommended.

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