A Mango-Shaped Space
Young Adult / September 20, 2016

Author: Wenda Mass. Summary: Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, but she’s keeping a big secret—sounds, numbers, and words have color for her. No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way. But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses. My Thoughts: The parts about synesthesia itself were cool, although not having this condition myself I can’t attest to their accuracy. The rest of the book was okay, some parts interesting, but mostly meh. It was strange how long they took to figure out what she has – neither the licensed doctor nor therapist can figure it out (frustration at this may have been because I recognized it from the beginning). Mia is believably portrayed as a thirteen year old – but that does mean we have to deal with all the problems, angst and uncertainty of that period. Content Review: Sexual content: “It’s not a school book,” she whispers. “It’s a dirty book I put the cover on to fool people.” Language: None Violence: An old dog is euthanized.