Title: A List of Cages
Author: Robin Roe
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult
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…
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Blogging
I’ve been reading way too many mediocre books lately, and that has been breaking my heart. It could be that I’m never in the mood for those books, or that the books themselves have too many flaws. But A List of Cages was not one of these books- it was purely amazing! I honestly wish that every boring, mediocre book I’ve been picking up lately was as fantastic as this one!
For a quick synopsis, this book revolves around the dual POVs of Adam and Julian. Adam becomes an aide for his high school’s psychologist and couldn’t be any happier. When he is asked to find his old foster brother and reading buddy Julian, his life shines even brighter. But Julian’s life, however, has a dark side… one that Adam might not be able to help him with without risking everything.
The characters in this story were absolutely fabulous, and I’ve finally found a couple that are worth actually remembering for a change! They were both going through so much in the the book, but I loved the way they fought through everything and made it back to each other for support. I simply just loved both Adam and Julian, and I have made an extra special spot in my heart for them to stay in❤️ .
I really loved how important the aspect of friendship was in this story. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the two boys reuniting and bonding, I don’t know where the story would have gone. I could definitely see that Robin Roe was trying to let us all know how friendships are very beneficial to having a good life. Now, it seems like many people take their friends for granted, teasing them for ‘fun’ and turning their back on them for silly reasons, but A List of Cages was an amazing role model of what friendships are actually supposed to look like- people who support each other and have a good time together, no matter what comes their way.
Oh, and may I mention how much DIVERSITY this book had? Yet another point from me! Adam suffered from ADHD and Julian from dyslexia, and I think that anyone looking for an accurate representation of these should definitely turn to this book.
Overall, no one deserves to miss a book as beautiful as A List of Cages. From the amazing, three-dimensional characters to the lyrical writing style, there is something special in this book for everyone. So, if anyone is simply looking for an unforgettable, diverse YA friendship story, then this book belongs by your side.