Review | A List of Cages by Robin Roe

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.” – 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: trunks, concerts, ADHD, school psychologists, teleportation, school plays, small clothes, rides, lists, 10 million stars and cages.

Good morning y’all!

Today I bring you my review on the book A List of Cages by Robin Roe.

It’s been a while since a book broke my heart this badly. This story is so sad, it’s hard to not be emotional while reading.

Like most books, I started this not knowing anything about it. The only thing I knew is that it’s a very popular contemporary YA novel… and that was it. It’s been on my tbr pile for a while now, so I decided to finally pick it up and see what the fuss was all about.

Let’s start to say I connected to Julien on a deeper level. I’m very fortunate to say that I didn’t suffer from physical violence, but there is no way you can’t feel bad for the poor kid. There was a point when I asked myself “what more could happen to him?”. Not only his parents died, but he’s bullied by his classmates AND teachers on a daily basis, and then he goes home and his uncle beats him up. It seems like nothing good ever happens to him, but fortunately Adam re-enters his life and makes things better.

Adam is the older brother that Julien never had, and I loved their dynamic. It was so nice to see how protective and caring Adam was to Julien, and how Julien looked up to him. Finally something good happens to him.

It’s very heartbreaking to know that this is a reality for a lot of kids worldwide. This kid did nothing wrong and yet he was subjected to so much hatred and cruelty, for no reason. This is a great book to remind us to stop whining about frivolous things because there is always someone who has it worse. The abuse described in the book is graphic, so be aware if that!

I kept thinking of the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower while reading this. Julien reminded me a lot of Charlie, he was also a wallflower! So if you liked that book, you will probably like this – just keep in mind that this is a way darker version! 

If you are in a mood to cry this is a great book for that. Just be aware of trigger warnings for domestic violence and physical abuse.

xoxo, Neide

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