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The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for

    When I started reading this little gem of a book, I thought that it would be a fast read. I was mistaken. It took me awhile to read it because of the thought that had to be applied to comprehend the wonderful story. I selected this book to review because being a teacher, I have had the pleasure of having some autistic students in my class. I teach 10-12 year olds and I wanted to see some insight into the minds of my students. This gave me a lot to chew on.

    Merilee is being raised in a small town in West Texas. She lives with her mother, father, sister, and a very mean ole grandma. She has a very ordered existence where she does everything on a time schedule. If her schedule is messed up, she gets nervous.

    Into this existence comes two new characters, Veraleen and Biswick. Veraleen is a big woman with a very big heart, and Biswick is an 8-year-old boy who has been affected by fetal alcohol syndrome. The two of them help Merilee discover who she really is.

    The characters in this kind of slow-paced book are bigger than life. The town of Jumbo is made up a lot of strange people. Merilee is very smart but can't say what she wants to say. Everything gets locked up inside her mind. But she is very caring about the people she does care about. She gets picked on in school, which was the hardest thing to read about since I am a school teacher, and she gets verbal abuse from her grandmother, which is finally explained in the last chapters of the book.

    THE VERY ORDERED EXISTENCE OF MERILEE MARVELOUS is magical, and I am the better from reading this marvelous story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011


    this was a good book in some ways it was hard to falow but it was still good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Slightly Boring

    Merilee Monroe leads a Very Ordered Existence (V.O.E. for short). She¿s pretty much got everything in her semi-boring life in Jumbo, Texas all planned out, practically to the minute. For Merilee, there is no room for messing around, because that would only ruin her precise schedule. But what Merilee doesn¿t realize is that while she can try to control her life as best as she can, she can¿t stop others from intruding, namely little Biswick and big Veraleen. With these two newcomers to Jumbo, Merilee¿s V.O.E. has just about vanished. But although Merilee is upset about losing all the order in her life, it¿s through interacting with these two new friends that Merilee learns to love and be loved. I have mixed feelings over The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous. On the positive side, the story was cute and had a nice ending on the other, much of the middle was lacking. It was hard for me to get into this story because, frankly, it was rather boring. There were times that I sympathized with some cruel treatment of Merilee, but then later I would forget because of the lackluster plot. One issue I had with Merilee was that I could never figure out how old she was she was so precocious yet sometimes she seemed so immature, creating a unique but strange main character. Plus, Merilee¿s love for her V.O.E. seemed like a compulsion, bordering on a disorder, which would make it seem like she is one of those left-brained thinkers, but then Merilee also had an imagination when she liked to draw dragons. It was all a bit confusing, and I have to say that I preferred many of the minor characters, such as Biswick, to Merilee. There was a multitude of subplots, which sometimes kept the plot mildly interesting, but didn¿t help the story in the end because most of them were just left off in the middle of the story. The one possibly redeeming part of the story may have been Merilee¿s journey as she learned her place in the world, but unfortunately, this lesson came at the very end of a mediocre story. In all, I would not recommend The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous except to very patient readers, or readers who love wacky minor characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008


    This book is OUTSTANDING. It shows kids that are a little different that they're not alone, and they're also very special. This book shows that you can make room and time for unexpected things in life- it makes you laugh and cry. Enjoy!

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