A List of Cages {Review}


25613472When 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.

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exchange for an honest review.

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Rating: ★★★☆☆ {3.5}
Release Date: January 10th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

A List of Cages is a hard book to review or discuss without dropping the spoiler bomb, so this may be relatively short in terms of a review.

I instantly bonded with the main character Julian, as somebody who has experienced the loss of a parent while I was quite young its a loss that hangs over your life like a shadow and you become acutely aware of all the things that will never happen as they should have. This personal experience helped me understand exactly how Julian was feeling and all I wanted to do was jump into the pages of the book and give the boy a hug.

Outside of the protective love I grew to have for Julian I didn’t get very attached to any other characters. Most felt a little under developed for my liking, an example of this is Adam’s friend Charlie. He’s perpetually angry and other than his never ending stream of siblings potentially annoying him the explanation for his anger is left unexplained. Along with characters being under developed there were some plot holes that left me with questions I couldn’t find answers or explanations for (details on the plot sadly fall under spoilers and I can’t openly discuss them).

But overlooking the small plot holes A List of Cages is a quick, enjoyable read. It does follow an important topic (one which I cannot go into detail of because of spoilers) and touches briefly on a couple of mental health topics as well, I just wish these topics were explored a little more than they were.


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