The Boy with 17 Senses by Sheila Grau
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Cute overall, with a hint of otherworldliness: the world Jaq inhabits has synthesia, but that's the norm. So of course Earth will feel weird to him. What will make Jaz feel familiar to readers is his being such a sad sack - bullied, at risk of losing his home and his friend (a whippet) - and his attempts to overcome all that. Even those who don't like fractured fairy tales will enjoy this; for me, it's what lifted the book from a two to three star.
ARC provided by publisher.