Thirteen-year-old Mia Winchell has a secret. Everyone thinks she is the normal kid in her family. Zack, her younger brother, keeps a chart of all the hamburgers he eats. Beth, Mia’s older sister, wears a different hair color each week. No one knows that Mia has a secret hidden from the world. She is a synesthete: sounds, numbers, and letters have color for Mia.
When Mia has trouble in school with math and foreign languages, she must finally reveal her unusual world of synesthesia to her family and friends. Her parents seek the help of doctors, who explain synesthesia, a rare condition in which multiple senses mix, giving sound (and sometimes taste) a color. As Mia begins an intense journey of self-discovery, she soon isolates herself from the people who love her the most. Through the development of new relationships and the loss of some old relationships, Mia’s trials lead her to a better understanding of true friendship, growing up and death. Wendy Mass has produced a beautiful coming-of-age story integrated with information about the intriguing world of synesthesia :)