After visiting numerous doctors, Mia learns that she has synesthesia, where different senses "cross paths" in the brain. This knowledge opens her up to a whole new world of people who understand her, people who are just like 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 relationships she has with the beloved people around her.
This is a sweet and interesting book about an unusual and little-known condition. Mia's world is realistic and sympathetic; her conflicts and relationships, typical of teenagers her age, gains a further depth with the synesthesia. Readers, especially those in middle school and early high school, will be able to connect with Mia's growing up.
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