Review by Edan
Title: A Mango Shaped Space
Author: Wendy Mass
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Mia has synesthesia, meaning she has different visual perceptions when she hears sounds, reads words or has any other sense. Each persons perceptions are different, but Mia sees colors and textures with every number, letter, word and sound. She thought everyone had this until one day, when she was eight, she realized she was different. She was a "freak." She kept her colors a secret until her difficulties in school were increasing and her life seemed to be getting much more complicated. Mia has to take a journey though life to discover who she is, what she is, and how she fits into the world.
This book was amazing! I first saw it when I was over at my friends house. It was laying on the table and I read the back of it. It sounded interesting. My friend told me it was such a good book she had read is a whole bunch of times. I wasn't sure of how good it would be, but it was beautiful, interesting, factual and stunning! It grasped my attention all the way through. Mass built all of the characters beautifully and lead me through the story very well. I felt that the end was a little abrupt though. You could tell how things would most likely be like later, but I just wish the author could have expanded a little bit, by doing a few pages from a few years in the future. I was also confused about what time period this took place in. It sounded like a few years in a past, but how long? 20 year? 10 years? 5 years? 1?
A Mango Shaped Space teaches the reader about synesthesia, growing up and letting go. It is about a teen trying to figure out who she is. It is a very connecting story which is a must read for many teens. It has a quick pace, and is great for anyone who is looking for a short and sweet read. Loved it!