I got an ARC thanks to Netgalley and Disney Book Group, but my opinions on this book are entirely my own.
A List of Cages is told in two POV’s, Adam and Julian’s, you get to know their lives and how their friendship works. Here’s the book description:
“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. First-time novelist Robin Roe relied on life experience when writing this exquisite, gripping story featuring two lionhearted characters.”
THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY LOADS, like from chapter 10 till the end. I couldn’t handle all the feels. Robin Roe made them so relatable and lovable that you just want to hug Adam and Julian forever. The writing style is quick and the story does not slow down. the story brings you to a rocky boat ride. There’s emotion in every page, some good, some bad, but feels all around. It did not stop, but that’s the best thing about the book, it holds you and it runs its hands down your back- making you cry while soothing you.
It makes me swell with so much love for the two main characters. Robin Roe made them real and I can’t say that about every author.
ALL THE STARS. ALL THE NUMBERS FOR MY NEW FAVE BOOK!!!
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