The plot structure in a A Mango Shaped Space is discovery because at the beginning at the book when Mia, the protagonist, is in third grade doing math problems in school, she uses colored chalk for the numbers instead of regular white because for her, everything has a color. However, she thinks everyone else is the same. When her teacher questions what she is doing she tries to explain but no one understands her and laughs at her. Here, Mia discovers that she is different from everyone else. Later, she discovers that she has synesthesia, a rare condition, which is senses coming together, and Mia discovers why words and sounds have a color for her. Throughout the book Mia goes on a journey of self discovery, which is why is the main plot structure in the book.
Another plot structure is a little bit of rivalry, because when Mia spends more time exploring her synesthesia and emailing another boy who has it than spending time with her best friend Jenna, who gets annoyed and the girls start to grow apart.
The last plot structure is maturity, because in the end her beloved cat Mango dies, and Mia blames herself for being too busy with her condition, and her parents keep explaining to her it wasn’t her fault. She finally accepts that Mango was sick and she couldn’t do anything,but still feels sad. However Jenna is there for her, and Mia realizes that she’s a true friend and they’re close again.
The main conflict is man vs death, when Mango dies and Mia is heartbroken. However, Mia finally accepts Mango’s death, and her family and friends are there for her.
The incidents are Mia and Jenna growing apart, Mia finding who she is and Mango’s death. In the end of the book, Mia learns that Mango had kittens at the neighbors house. The youngest kitten’s meow’s are mustard colored to Mia, and her brother Zack wants to adopt it but Mia doesn’t want to replace Mango. She later has a dream that makes her decide to get the kitten.