Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A List of Cages | Robin Roe

Goodreads Synopsis:
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 don't think I will be able to recommend a more important to book for anyone to read ever. This is one of those books that will stay with you for the rest of your life. I am pretty sure that this will be the hit YA book for 2017. I read this book in one sitting last night and I don't think 10 minutes went by where my heart wasn't ripped out and stomped on into a millon little pieces. This is a debut novel by Robin Roe, but with her writing style, it doesn't seem that way at all.

Told from dual perspectives, I actually didn't do the whole "I don't care about this character, I can't wait until I get to read more the other characters perspective!" I cared about Julian and Adam equally. As a former guardian ad litem, what happens to Julian completely broke my heart and I felt so bad for him, I just wanted to give him a hug and tell him that it would all be okay. Adam on the other hand, is one of those friends who you are glad to have. His love for Julian so genuine and real. While there is a minor romantic interest with two character in this story, I am so glad that it took a backseat and focused on this wonderful friendship.

I don't want to ruin the plot of this book for anyone, but I'm going to tell you this: I feel like everyone and their moms best friend needs this book in their lives. I always do volunteer work for guardian during the summer, and I'm already planning to buy a few extra copies for the older kids that I help. Sometimes they won't tell you what's really going on in their lives because they're scared and I feel after reading this, they will be more perspective to me trying to find out what's really going on their lives so they don't get sent back to a unhealthy environment.

This book is going to change so many peoples lives, and I'm excited for it to hit shelves on January 10, 2017.

5/5 stars. Duh.

FTC: I recieved an advanced reading copy of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.

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