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A Mango-Shaped Space de Wendy Mass
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A Mango-Shaped Space (edição: 2005)

de Wendy Mass

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Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the loss of something important to her.
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Título:A Mango-Shaped Space
Autores:Wendy Mass
Informação:Little, Brown Young Readers (2005), Paperback, 240 pages
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I'm so attached to cat and I cried when he died. ( )
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
It's a little complicated to describe this book. The main character, Mia, has a condition that basically activates the visual part of her brain at strange times. It manifests as a profound learning disability. The story shows Mia checking out of school and eventually re-engaging, partially due to her cat's serious illness. A story about kids struggling plus a sick cat hit me right in all the feelings. ( )
  BethParker | Jul 27, 2020 |
I have been waiting for a book like this, ever since I became fascinated by the condition called synesthesia; the crossing of the senses. This novel, more than any research paper or psychologist's journal conveys the beauty and struggle of this unique condition.

Mia doesn't understand at first why she can see extra colors and no one else can; why a ringing phone makes red spirals and each number and letter has its own special hue. She struggles with math and other subjects because of it, but she can't tell anyone for fear of being thought a freak. Her main comfort is her loving cat Mango, who in Mia's eyes is always emitting orange puffs with each meow.

But when her secret finally comes out, Mia will have to deal with many factors; what her friends think, what her family thinks. As she learns more about synesthesia, connects with others like her, and gradually emerges older and wiser, and with a new appreciation of herself and her condition.

I loved all the minor characters, especially Mia's family. Many authors don't develop minor characters well, but everyone had their fun and realistic idiosyncrasies here. And of course, I loved all the everyday descriptions of Mia's colors. It really made me think what it must be like to have synesthesia, and made me even more awed by the condition. I recommend this touching and powerful book to anyone, whether or not you're interested in synesthesia. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
Mia probably looks like your typical teenager; there isn't really anything extraordinary about her looks or her fashion style – or even her hobbies. But she is far from ordinary. She sees things in colours. Sounds, numbers and words in particular. Every word and every number has a different colour; one may look like plum jam whilst another looks like a grass field on a warm summer day just after being watered. Whenever her cats wheezes, there's an orange mist coming out of his mouth, quite a lot like the orange of a mango. That's why she named him Mango, even though he's grey and nobody else in the family understands. But how could she possibly explain that? She tried to tell them about her colours once, but they all looked at her like she was mad.

But one day, she realises she doesn't really have a choice but to tell them. It is the start of a bumpy journey that she never expected to experience. It doesn't make it better that her best friend seems to be mad she never told her about the colours until down; but she gains a friend in her letter pal Adam who also sees colours, so it could be worse. Except, it isn't always that easy.

I've been wanting to read this one for so, so long. It felt like a relief (and a victory!) when my local library finally bought it. To be honest, I was mostly intrigued by the book cover; it's a really good one. But I also like the idea of synesthesia – like, that's pretty cool.

As I read it, I realised I probably would've appreciated this book a few years ago; when I was also in my younger teens. Not only because Mia is in her early teens but also because it is definitely directed towards that age group, and I felt a bit like I didn't enjoy it as much as an older teen as I would if I'd been younger when I read it. So, it kind of sucks that I didn't find it sooner. That'd been great.

Although, that definitely doesn't mean I didn't like it. Because oh, man, I loved it. I especially loved Mia's relationship with her cat; it reminded me a lot about my own cat – and the cat's subplot probably broke my heart more than anything I've read recently has. It was well-written and I ached for hours after finishing the book. All I wanted to do was hold my cat close and never let him go.

So, it was a cool book about seeing colours and learning more about yourself. Also, cats. Those two together as a combo made a pretty good book. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
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