A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Pub Date: Jan 10th 2017
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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.
Why is it always so difficult to review the books you love the most. Ever since I finished this book a few days ago I’ve been trying to string together words that accurately represent my feelings about this story, and I’ve failed. The only thing I can do at this point is beg you to see for yourself, because no matter what I write I will never give it justice.
So instead of a formal review, here is a list of reasons why I loved and think you should read A List of Cages:
× Beautifully written: The writing immediately sucked me into the story, allowing me to be blissfully unaware of the turning of pages as I progressed through the book
× Engaging plot: (This also ties in with the beautiful writing) This book was addicting, I sat down around midnight to read a couple chapters and ended up staying up well until 3 AM to finish!
× Well developed characters: Anyone who knows me well knows that I love getting to know a character so well that I feel like I’ve met them in real life. Every character in this novel has a story, a quirk, and an important role in the overall plot.
× Amazing friendships: There aren’t too many books that I’ve read where I love the friends as much as the main characters! There were quite a few friends in this book, but they all brought something different to the table.
× Unique but relatable: This novel includes characters that have ADHD and dyslexia, an orphan, and some heavy topics- however it is done in a way that people who cannot relate to those specific situations or conditions can still grasp an idea of how it feels.
× It sticks with you: I am currently trying to read another novel, but my heart and mind are still stuck on A List of Cages! I miss the characters and I actually wish that I could live in their world and see how they are doing- it’s insane, but true.
This novel hits book stores today, so I highly encourage you to go and pick up a copy now! When you finish come back here and we can try to write a review that reflects its perfection together.