A List of Cages
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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‘A List of Cages’ ricochets to the stars!
“Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.”
A heart-wrenching story with an unforgettable friendship between two boys. This is a MUST READ for teens AND adults. It’ll seriously give you all the feels and you will come out from this book with a favorite character or two :)
**trigger warning: violence, physical/mental abuse**
There were times I wanted to cry because some of these events are relatable. I want to not only thank Robin Roe, but everyone who has inspired her for writing this novel. It brings attention to what children and families could be or are currently facing. This is an inspirationally original and superb story.
Deserves “Fault in Our Stars” Level of Success
5 / 5
“This part is hardest. A billion years of evolution tells your cells to run. But you can’t run. You have to turn around and face the desert wall. You have to be still. He doesn’t care if you cry, but you can’t fight.
A sound fills the air, then pain so sharp, you feel sick. Slash after slash, cutting deep, one on top of the other. They don’t stop until you’re screaming into your palms.”
— Robin Roe
I do not believe that Robin Roe is a debut author, but yes, she is, and I am just blown away. This book doesn’t come out until January, but it should be on everyone’s radar right now. It may be too early, but I see this book having the success of All the Bright Places or Eleanor and Park. This book was such a surprise that words can’t explain how great it truly is. The main story revolves around two boys and the friendship that they maintain through tragedy, love, and traumatizing events. It was a refreshing YA novel that takes the genre in a place that I haven’t really seen done. (I know that events in this novel happen in other YA novels [the abuse], but I haven’t come across novels.)
“It’s strange how many ways there are to miss someone. You miss the things they did and who they were, but you also miss who you were to them. The way everything you said and did was beautiful or entertaining or important. How much you mattered.”
— Robin Roe
I am able to picture all of the characters in this novel because they are so relatable. The whole cast of characters are so realistic that I can relate them to people I see in my own life. That point just makes the book so much more personal and engrossing. This book is not something to be taken lightly, it is an emotional ride from beginning to end. If I could go back and read it for the first time again, then I would in a heartbeat. The authenticity of this book just makes the reader feel so in touch with the story and all of the characters involved. This book is going to be a massive hit with everyone who comes upon it.
“My mother once said that the planet was like an enormous womb, and every single one of us was a fetus. Death was nothing to be afraid of. It was just birth to another world, and someone would be waiting for us there. Sometimes I try to see this, my mother and father as two newborns holding hands and ejected into this other world. There they are just beginning.”
— Robin Roe
I grabbed this book on a whim because of the Emma Donoghue blurb on the back, but after reading it I can tell that there are going to more quotes for influential authors on the final copy. This is deserves to become a literary phenomenon (TFiOS level). If this doesn't get its rights picked up by a distribution company for a film, then I will be floored. Everyone do me a favor and support this book when it comes out, it is just that incredible.