Author: Robin Roe
Publication Date: January 2017
Genre: YA, Realistic Fiction, Mental Illness Awareness
I won a copy of this book through a giveaway. Neither the author nor publisher are associated with this review.
Due to graphic scenes of violence, this book may not be suitable for all audiences.
Description from GoodReads
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…
A List of Reasons
In her novel, Roe presents us with lists of her own. It seems only fitting that I provide you with the top five reasons you should run out and purchase this book right now!
1. Roe's writing style!
OMG! I have waited a long time to read a book that I fall into as easily as I fell into A List of Cages! Roe's descriptive style encourages the reader to not only understand each event in the book, but to experience it and to care about it. Rather than leaving her audience feeling mildly upset, Roe destroys her audience and truly forces readers to think.
2. A Poignant Description of a Real Problem
Domestic violence is a common problem. Because we hear about it so often, abuse can become a joke to younger generations who have had the fortune of never experiencing this problem. I am happy to see a book written for young adults that truly brings this problem to attention. Roe does a wonderful job demonstrating the abuse, how to respond if someone tells you they are being abused, and the importance of reporting cases of domestic violence.
3. Role Models
Adam and Emerald are every day ordinary kids. However, each one shows that it is important to stand up for your beliefs and to take care of the people around you. Many of the students I have worked with only see themselves as boring people. They refuse to see that the seemingly small choices can make a world of difference for someone else.
But, seriously, why are you still reading my review! GO BUY THIS BOOK! GO NOW!
About the AuthorRobin Roe is the author of A LIST OF CAGES, which has received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, and Publishers Weekly. She has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Harvard. She counseled adolescents in Boston before
Robin loves connecting with her readers and can be found on Twitter @robinroewriter. You can also use the contact form on her website to send her a message: www.robinroewriter.com.