© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

CHECK OUT SHMOOP'S FREE STUDY TOOLS: Essay Lab | Math Shack | Videos

Marcelo in the Real World

Marcelo in the Real World


by Francisco X. Stork

 Table of Contents

Marcelo in the Real World Characters

Meet the Cast

Marcelo Sandoval

My Head Plays the Most Beautiful MusicIt's safe to say that Marcelo's his own strange bird, but strange birds are often the most beautiful. Sure, he has some issues communicating with others; he's...


Jasmine's only 19 years old, but she's the manager of the mailroom at Sandoval and Holmes. While it might seem like a bit of a dead-end job for a pianist whose true passion is music, Jasmine's got...

Arturo Sandoval

Ready for a textbook example of parental cluelessness? Meet Arturo Sandoval.Not a Candidate for Parent of the YearImagine this: a kid is (rightfully) annoyed with his dad. The kid has a really hard...

Aurora Sandoval

Aurora's an oncology nurse, and she's a whole heckuva lot more attuned to folks' suffering than Arturo is (a rattlesnake is too, but that's beside the point). She's also more attuned to Marcelo's n...

Wendell Holmes

Also known as the squash-playing tapeworm (okay, we made that up, but it's accurate), Wendell is the archenemy of any person with a heart. He's Stephen Holmes' son, and he's just as corrupt as his...

Rabbi Heschel

Some kids learn about sex from their friends. Some learn about it from the Internet. But if you're Marcelo, you learn about it from the rabbi with whom you hang out on the regular, even though you'...

Ixtel Jaetz

Ixtel's a 17-year-old Mexican-American girl who's had a seriously tragic life. Here's a brief rundown: at 14, her face was horribly disfigured in the car accident that killed her parents. After the...

Minor Characters

Jerry GarciaArturo's former classmate at Harvard Law and Ixtel's attorney, he practices in Jamaica Plain, a largely Latino neighborhood in Boston. Although he makes nowhere near Arturo's salary, he...
Noodle's College Search
Noodle's College Search