I received a galley from NetGalley and Disney Book Group, but all my opinions are my own.
A List of Cages is written in the POVs of two teens, Adam and Julian. 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”
I CRIED LIKE A FUCKING WATERFALL! MY TEARS WON’T STOP COMING OUT OF EYES FROM CHAPTER 10 TILL THE FUCKING END. I’ve only read two books that made me do that and one of them is A List of Cages (more like A List of Things That Makes Me Cry).
Robin Roe’s (omg you great writer) writing style is relatable, quick, and amazing. She made Adam and Julian real, two teens with so much emotion, but expresses them in opposite spectrums. Julian, all shy and quiet and Adam, a cheerful, jumpy, giddy senior.
It’s like riding a boat where the waves crash into you and the next it soothes you with its gentleness. Every page had emotion, it didn’t drag the story longer than it should be. Roe puts you in Adam’s and Julian’s shoes and you get to feel their anxiety, their sadness, their love, and (again) THE FEELS!!!!
ALL THE STARS FOR A LIST OF CAGES. ALL OF IT.