Every word, sound, and smell has a color for Mia, and it came as quite a shock to her when she found that most people didn't see these strange colors like she did. Mia is a thirteen-year-old girl who happens to see colors for all letters, words, sounds and smells. She has lost her beloved grandfather fairly recently, and then her prized cat Mango. Throughout the story, Mia tries to learn more about herself and her condition, synesthesia. She does so, and in the process comes to terms with her friends, family, mind, and, eventually, after her cat dies near the end of the book, his death.
13-year-old Mia has always been able to see colors and shapes with sounds. For her, letters and numbers have their own colors. Her cat, Mango, whom she found on the day of her grandfathers funeral, is actually named after the orange that his sounds produce. Mia hid her strange condition from her friends and family, but being an eighth grader and failing pre-algebra takes a toll on her, and she finally tells her parents whats going on.
After visiting numerous doctors, Mia learns that she has synesthesia. This knowledge opens her up to a whole new world of people who understand her. At first, she is so fascinated by these new experiences that she almost loses touch with the real world around her. It takes a devastating loss for her to understand that she must incorporate her newfound knowledge with the love of the people who have always been there for her.
This is a sweet and interesting book about an unusual and little-known condition. Readers, especially those in middle school and early high school, will be able to connect with Mias growing up.
Amazing, like the blues purple, and reds of a sunset
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Reader reviewed by Elise
I absolutely LOVED this book.
In the book, for the main character, Mia, sounds, letters, and numbers have color.
It deals with Mia's ability and just about everything else. Death, love, and school. The love and loss of pets, boyfriends, parties, and friends--you fight with them, but you love them.
I guess I can relate to it in the way that numbers and letters have colors for me. Sounds don't have color, but I kinda wish they did. Although, in Mia's case, it got a bit distracting at school in Spanish and math.
For me, my name (Elise) is the color of a bright, shining emerald. And the name Mia is a pinkish red.
I read this in 5th grade and I think I told everyone that is was the best book I have read in my life. It is about a girl that sees things with color. Like for math she will see different colors for different numbers. Then she finds out that there are other people out in the world that has the same problem as she does. There are some twist and turns in this book that keeps you reading.
"A Mango-Shaped Space" by Wendy Mass is one of the best books I've ever read. It shows a colorful use of language and imagery. Mass shows the struggle of life through the eyes of Mia a 13 year old girl with synesthesiadeath. In the book Mia a facing the chalenges of her gift, the betrayal by friends. Anyone relate to Mia.
WOW is all I can say. This is an amazing book. It is half serious & half funny. Wendy Mass is very talented.
In this book I can relate to Mia. No I don't have synesthesia (even though I wish I did). But her bond with Mango is like my bond with my dead cat Tiger. I'm not going to spoil anything, but this is very sad. I cried reading it. But you should read this book!
Mia embarks through a diffucult problem, telling her parents that she sees colors, which was my problem just until last month. I picked up this book unknowingly judging it by its pretty colors on the back which I pretty sure for most would be black. Although it can be difficult to deal with, I love having Synesthesia because everyone is jealous of me and gives me lots of attention ...Maybe o maybe this will change as school goes on
At the first chapter, I had been hooked. I spent all night and day reading want to know what would happened next. A book everyone can enjoy, whether it be a 10 year old or a 41 year old. If have not read this book, stop reading this and drive to the nearest book store or library. It is definatly a magical book
Wow! A Mango Shaped Space is really the best book I've ever read!
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Reader reviewed by Sara
Mia is really quite the character in the way she expresses herself about her family, her cat, school, friends, and her grandfather. But what really completes her is her condition of synesthesia and how she deals with it.
After reading it (for the third time I might add ) I still wonder what it would be like to be a synesthete. I mean it would make life much more exciting, instead of being flustered by annoying sounds you could learn to enjoy them from the pictures and colors they formin your head. It does seem like it could be very overwhelming in school though, especially foreign language and math! I would do anything to trade places with a synesthete for a day to see what it's like!