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A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Publication: January 10, 2017 (Disney-Hyperion)
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
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 kind hearted. 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. x
I got an e-mail from NetGalley about this book with a subject “You’re pre-approved for a YA debut we think you’ll love” and they were right! A List of Cages ended up as one of the best books I read in 2016.
Julian has dyslexia. His parents died in an accident when he was 9 years old so he had to stay in foster care. Everything was doing great until he’s Uncle, the only relative he has, took him. He’s now a high school freshman who doesn’t have any friends and his teachers are impatient with him. His misery continues at home. Living with his Uncle is more worse than having no friends. The way he treats Julian is unacceptable and pure evil. But Julian wants him to be happy. He wants everyone to be happy.
Adam is a popular high school senior who has a genuine heart. He struggles with ADHD but he won’t let that get in his way. He loves his wonderful Mom and his amazing friends. He likes helping other people without expecting anything in return. He treats Julian as his real brother and he’ll do everything to keep him safe no matter what it takes.
This book is written from Adam and Julian’s POVs. I loved that the author managed to give these two characters their own distinct voices. They are extremely different but both brave, flawed and beautiful. The secondary characters are relatable and incredible as well.
I loved the writing style. It’s straightforward yet compelling. Important and serious topics are present in this book and Roe handled them effectively. This book also has the right amount of romance and I liked it.
I have to say that this was not an easy read for me. I was crying most of the time. It’s painful to read some parts but I couldn’t stop. I was emotionaly attached. I was so afraid that more horrible things will happen to the characters. I wanted so badly for them to be okay. At the same time, I think that without these “horrible scenes”, we will not be able to see the real message of this book.
Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.
There was a scene towards the end that I thought was not really that necessary but it didn’t bother me that much. I am absolutely satisfied with the ending and I finished this book with tears in my eyes. Heartbreaking as it was, I am so happy I got a chance to read this extraordinary book. I can’t believe that this is Robin’s debut novel! To say this book is exceptional is an understatement.
An incredibly moving story about true friendship, kindness, courage, unconditional love and a lot more. I can’t wait for you guys to read this book.
Please, please add A List of Cages in your TBR / To-Buy List. It will be out on January 10, 2017.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author
Robin Roe is the author of A List of Cages, which has received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. She has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Harvard. She counseled adolescents in Boston before she moved to Dallas to run a mentoring program for at-risk teens.
Hi guys! I’m wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year, in advance! Have a happy weekend whether you’re celebrating or not. 🙂
Happy Tuesday! It’s time for TTT again and today’s topic is “Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree (or non-book bookworm items)”. I listed my top 5 books and top 5 bookish items below and I’ve been good this year so Mr. Santa, you know what do. 😀
The Museum of Heartbreak
Edition : Hardcover (256 pages)
Published on : June 7, 2016 (Simon Pulse)
Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Hi guys! I am so thrilled to share with you this extraordinary subscription box called Once Upon A Book Club Box.
Wow! I can’t believe that my last TTT post was in June! How time flies. I miss posting TTT so I’ve decided to join this week. The topic is Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017 and here are they:
The waiting is over! It’s time for another Illumicrate Box unboxing. If you haven’t heard about Illumicrate then you’re missing out a lot of fun! Just kidding. But yeah, you’re definitely missing a lot. 😀
Edition: Paperback (310 pages)
Published on : September 2015 (Corgi Childrens)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Suitcase of Happyness: A Roadmap to Achieve and Enjoy Your Happiest Life
Author : Mark Jaffe
Edition: Paperback (149 pages)
Published on : May 26, 2016 (Cool Breeze Press)
Genre: Non Fiction, Self-Help
Behold the stunning cover of the sequel to Dela’s debut novel The 52nd! ♥
First of all, Happy Release Day to Water Under the Bridge and Congratulations to Ms. Britney King! ♥ Grab your copies now, guys!
Guys, we now have the cover for the sequel of one of my favorite books this year. *throws confetti* I don’t usually post cover reveals but I really love Eternal Darkness and I want you guys to give this book/series a try.
Wow! Eternal Darkness is surprisingly amazing. I wasn’t expecting that I will end up loving this book. I finished reading this almost a week ago but I’m still not sure how to write a decent review for this so please bear with me. My head is still all over the place!
Happy Friday or should I say Fri-yay? It’s definitely a Fri-yay for me. A very special package arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to share it with you guys so let’s start. ♥
Happy October 1st, guys! Summer days are gone and it’s officially Autumn. It’s one of my favorite things here in Germany (Europe). I’m from the Philippines and we only have two seasons : wet (rainy) and dry (summer).