A LIST OF CAGES by Robin Roe
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.
Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…
Ever since people have been receiving arcs of this last year, there has been tons and tons and TONS of hype surrounding it, so I was really scared to read it because I was afraid I wouldn’t love it as much as everyone else. DANG, I WAS SOOOOO WRONG about that.
This book is one on of the MOST beautiful things I’ve ever read. It’s so important because it talks about the meaning of friendship, foster care, abuse, ADHD, Dyslexia, and SO much more topics.
It’s hard to believe that this is Roe’s debut because this book read as if it were an award winning author’s twentieth book because of how well it was written.
I connected with the characters on so many levels. I cared about every. single. person. in.this.book. They all had a purpose of driving the story forward.
Adam is honestly one of my favorite characters of all time. He’s the “popular boy” of his senior class so you would assume that he’s snarky, arrogant and quite frankly- a douchebag, but he’s the complete opposite. He’s loving, caring, smart, funny, and he would do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves and you can definitely see that aspect of him when you look at his interactions with Julian.
Julian is also no exception to this. He’s SUCH an amazing character and he’s so important to YA. In his chapters the reader can really see what a lot of kids in bad foster homes go through and his chapters were definitely my favorite to read because while they were absolutely heart breaking– they were the ones that were the most important.
This book is the first book to make me cry since early last year when I read We Are The Ants. While reading wata I never thought that I would sob the way I did while reading that book but I definitely did with this one. The last half of the book, I was crying profusely. My shirt and pillow were honestly soaked by the time I was finished.
So, if you are still reading this review and you haven’t yet read A List of Cages, please do so. While this book isn’t the most easiest to read, it’s definitely one of the most important books you will ever come across in your entire life and I STRONGLY encourage you to pick it up.
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