A List of Cages

Robin Roe ★★★★★

Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.

Monday is like all Mondays. Like I'm sitting at the bottom of a pool, listening underwater to people living up above.

Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2017)

Wow! What a novel!

This fantastic book gets without doubt five stars. I think it might just be one of my favourite books of 2018! Roe's story of Adam and Julien is an emotional tale of abuse, friendship, and the hardships of adolescence. I recommend reading this if you're up for some tears and a memorable storyline with unique and dynamic characters.

Magic of threes:

1. Heartbreaking 
I found myself on an emotional rollercoaster with this novel. Julien's life contains so many waves and occurrences of sorrow, loss, and abuse that I ached to shred the pages and tear the book into pieces just to stop his pain. With each leap forward, there seems to be a setback waiting for him. The events of the novel are brutal and heartbreaking. I warn readers of this novel to prepare for tears and shock. This emotiveness of the novel is one of the factors that contributes to its brilliance.

2. Hopeful
Despite the tragedies and sorrows, this novel offers hope. With each of Adam's genuine smiles and heartfelt actions, as well as Julien's small steps of courage, hope is restored. Friendship, family, love, and growth... These treasures of life bring a voice of inspiration and happiness to the novel giving it much depth and a needed lightness. Adam's and Julien's characters are inspiring and intriguing to read about.

3. Impactful and Memorable

This is not a novel to brush aside and forget after reading. Rather, the novel presents various impactful and memorable themes about discrimination, friendship, and struggle, which makes the story of Julien and Adam unforgettable. Also, the characters are lively and realistic, each with distinct and personal characterisation and a dynamic personality. I especially enjoyed Adam's positive and optimistic nature, which brings insightful commentary and fresh ideas. After reading this novel, I definitely needed a few days to recover. 

I highly recommend adding this novel to your upcoming reads!