This is a fantastic YA novel that looks at mental illness. This book is sad, yet hopeful. Uncomfortable, yet thoughtful. Adam and Julian are such wonderful characters who you'll want to root for throughout the story. Beautifully written, Robin Roe's debut is a must read for those who love tough issues in young adult.
A List of Cages was one of my most anticipated book releases for this year and it did not disappoint. It is a very emotional book that deals with very important problems. Something that I really enjoyed about this book was that the main focus was on a friendship that was rekindled between two former foster brothers, unlike so many books where the main focus is on love interests. The main characters Adam and Julian are both such wonderful characters and the character development that happens in this book is amazing. To be able to read about Julian’s transitions and progress was eye opening, it really emphasizes that you never know what someone's life is like. Adam from the beginning is nothing but nice to Julian which was really nice to see, he welcomes Julian with open arms which turns out to be what he needs. Adam and Julian’s friendship is one of the best friendships that I have read about in a long time. I would highly recommend this book, however there are some triggers(abuse) to take into consideration before reading it. 5 stars
- @bookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
What a heartbreaking story of abuse! I just wanted to reach out and hug Julian. Adam was such a wonderful friend - someone you would want by your side for eternity. Julian lived with Adam's family after his parents died until his Uncle Russell took him away. All communication stopped and for good reason. It was horrendously awful the way Julian was treated by his uncle. The abuse was so awful and for no reason. What Adam did to discover what truly happened to Julian was a miracle in itself. In the end, Julian finds out he truly has friends. You just have to read the book.
Wow! I loved this book. Compelling story line and terrific characters. On one hand, I'm not sure how...realistic it is that Adam and his high school aged friends are so nice to Julian, who has a variety of personal problems, not least of which is an abusive uncle (reading that section of the novel is squirm inducing). That said, the novel is well written, alternating between Adam and Julian. I look forward to reading more books by Robin Roe.
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