Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Review: A List of Cages by Robin Roe

 Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

I doubt I will give this book the review it deserves but the multiple times I nearly started sobbing uncontrollably can justify my 5 star rating. I picked up the novel based on the stunning cover and the glowing reviews. it turned out to be a great decision because I had a hard time putting it down. And it was also a great choice not to read this tear-jerker in public.

It is rare for me to enjoy a novel with multiple points of view because I believe it is better reading experience to have one single narrator. However, Roe did a great job creating distinct characters and their voices came out in the paralleling chapters.

I enjoyed the fact that Adam and Julian's distinct voices made me feel like I was actually reading too different sides of the same story. The chapters with Julian's point of view had a poetic style which fit with his personality and story-telling ability, while Adam's chapters were full of solid and straightforward writing just like his kind and stable role as a friend in the story.

I'm completely horrible at describing writing styles but the main reason I was engrossed with this novel was Roe's amazing writing and character development.

The side-characters, Adam's group of friends, really shined in the novel and I came to love each of them in a different way as the story developed. The way Roe slowly developed the characters and added more elements of their personalities created a realistic feel to the novel and allowed me to connect emotionally with the story-line.

I recommend checking out this novel if you are in the mood to ugly cry. It was an emotional and beautifully written novel.

My Rating:

5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

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