The Nardio Review
Is It Worth Your Time?
Yes. A Mango-Shaped Space is a short, easy and moving read.
What Did You Think Without Spoiling It?
A Mango-Shaped Space is an excellent coming-of-age book that also explores the world of synesthesia. It’s a touching story that will bring you close to tears.
Why it Works
I’ve always been intrigued with synethesia, so the fact that A Mango-Shaped Space covered it in such wonderful detail really made the book for me. I love the shift that Mia, the main character, has in viewing synesthesia. At first she views it as a curse. After she learns that there are others like her and learns more about it, she begins to treasure the ability to see colors where others can’t. Even for those that don’t have synesthesia, this is an excellent coming-of-age story that illustrates the awkward emotions of being a teenager and the fear of being “different” and alone in the world. We’re with Mia the entire way and feel every happy and sad moment with her.
One of my favorite aspects of the story are Mia’s relationships. Her family, while a bit overwhelmed with Mia’s synesthesia, are supportive, albeit apprehensive. Mia’s family members change and grow as well throughout the book, which is pretty awesome considering they’re little more than side characters. Mia’s best friend also changes throughout the book and by then end has “grown up” along with Mia, though under different circumstances. Despite its short page length, A Mango-Shaped Space somehow is able to flesh out all of the characters and really makes you care about each one. It’s a rare book that can make me invested in all of the characters.
Not much. It’s short and you kind of want to know what happens to Mia when she grows up, but I don’t really want a sequel. I’m perfectly happy imagining her future.
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- Author: Wendy Mass
- Price: $2.80 for paperback, $6.64 for Kindle
- Genre: Young Adult; Coming-of-age
- 236 pages