Friday, February 17, 2017

A List of Cages by Robin Roe - Book Review

25613472A List of Cages by Robin Roe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published January 10th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

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.

It could have really lost me in the first part. There are various reasons for that, but I think the main one would be that it hit me harder than it might other readers. Like to a point where it could have been a trigger.

So much about Julian hit me in a certain way that at points I felt it was hard to continue. His relationship with Adam hit me even harder. I really can't explain why without going into a deep analysis of myself, so I'll just say that it pushed my thoughts further than what I'm sure the author intended.

That was the first part, the second is what caught me and did not let me go. Suddenly I couldn't not continue.
It was pretty heartbreaking and all of a sudden I was feeling everything, and so much more, for these characters that I hadn't before.

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