"What is Marcelo feeling?" That’s a difficult question. Marcelo isn’t subject to feeling his emotions in ways that other people feel emotions. Marcelo is logical. Marcelo has many, many thoughts. And Marcelo often talks about himself in the third person. Within a few pages, you’ll find yourself drawn in so that the odd tempo of his language is part of the experience of this story.
Marcelo has been attending a school where he fits in (as much as anyone fits in), where he can make “big talk” (he hates small talk) about the mysteries of imprecise speech and body language. He especially enjoys the time he spends with therapy ponies, and would like to work with them full-time over the summer.
But Arturo has other plans. Arturo, the father of Marcelo, wants him to spend the summer immersed in the “real world” outside of the school and farm. Arturo has lined up a job in his law firm in the city, where Marcelo will definitely not be sheltered.
Marcelo in the Real World is part coming-of-age novel, part mystery, part social education, and all about escaping my reality to visit Marcelo’s real world.