I received this book for free from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 10th 2017
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.
A List of Cages by Robin Roe is heartbreaking. This story is so incredibly good. Be prepared to go on an emotional roller coaster ride. Julian’s parents died and a foster family takes him in. Julian gets used to this foster family and really begins to love him, but the he gets stripped away from them to live with his closest relative.
Now Julian is a high school freshman and life is completely awful for him. School is hard because Julian has several learning disabilities and the teachers aren’t willing to help him. Julian ends up getting bullied a lot by the other students and his home life isn’t any better.
When Julian runs into his old foster brother Adam, he is extremely surprised. He hasn’t seen Adam in many years. Adam is a high school senior who has been assigned to Julian. Immediately Adam tries to get Julian to be a part of his group of friends. Adam has missed his friendship with Julian since he left them.
This book is an emotional roller coaster. The author brings so many issues to the forefront of our minds. We see ADHD, foster care, trauma, growth struggle, and child abuse. As the reader we get to see how the characters cope and overcome these issues. The writing is beautiful. Roe did a wonderful job with both of the main characters. I felt like I really got to know both Adam and Julian.
I think A List of Cages is an eye opener. This story really shows the horrors a child could go through. My heart ached for Julian. My heart aches for every child being mistreated. This book is definitely a tear-jerker but I think everyone should read it.