Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco X. Stork
Character Role Analysis
Marcelo and Jasmine
Hang on a minute while we lose ourselves in visions of cupids and candy hearts and fluffy bunnies…okay, back to work. When they first meet in the mailroom, neither of them is happy to be there, and they couldn't appear more different. Marcelo's bummed that he's not working at Paterson; Jasmine's bummed that she has to work with Marcelo instead of the girl she wanted to hire, Belinda.
But over time (and lots of music), they learn they're kindred spirits. They change each other by recognizing what they have in common, and they form a serious bond by sleuthing it up together on Ixtel's case. By the end of the book, they've realized they're their best selves when they're in each other's presence.