Suzanne Crowley gives us a very realistic novel about a very unique girl. The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous is about a young girl who has a very different outlook on life. Her condition is never named, but it is Asperger's Syndrome. Merilee is only comfortable if she can keep precisely to her schedule. She has every minute of every day planned out. If anything disrupts her V.O.E. she becomes very agitated. Some new people move to her little town of Jumbo, Texas and have a very profound effect on Merilee's life. The question is will this be more than she can handle, or will Merilee rise above it and realize she can be more than the 'freak' that everyone thinks she is. There are lots of characters whose lives are all interconnected in this novel, but from each of them Merilee is able to learn something to help her become a better person.