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Monday, January 2, 2017

Review: A List of Cages by Robin Roe

I received a copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not and do not accept monetary compensation for reviews. These are my original thoughts and opinions.

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:
5 Stars

This is one of those beautifully broken stories. The ones that make your heart hurt, your eyes water and have you wanting to just hug the main character. Especially when that character is a young man with a childlike mind and sense of being. 

Julian has not had an easy life. Having his parents ripped away from him at a young age was never going to be easy, but he was lucky when he landed at Adam Blake's house. He quickly wove his way into Adam's families hearts, but was then ripped away without much word afterwords. 

Years later fate brings these two young men together again. While Adam is a happy go lucky senior, Julian is a quiet underclassman whom is constantly the subject of ridicule. From the moment Adam realizes who exactly is before him, he tries to turn Julian's outlook on life around. There's only one problem, Julian's current guardian. 

This story was hard to read a times, but only until I told myself that it had to get better for Julian. With the type of character he is, I couldn't see the author tormenting him until an untimely end. I just knew there had to be something more in store for him. Make sure to pick up your copy to see if I was right. 

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