Happy Thursday. Last week I finished A List of Cages by Robin Roe. Amazing read. Tough read. Worth the read.
Before I get to the review, I want to lead with a question I have for you readers: What are the best books that tug at your heartstrings?
This book tugged at mine, ripped them apart, and then stitched them back together in a slightly different order.
There’s no video this week, since we’re in the process of packing up our house to move, but I still wanted to share my Sticky Note Review with you. Book synopsis follows the review.
#bookaday A List of Cages by Robin Roe. #StickyNoteReviews: Bestill my breaking heart. To start – TW: child abuse. As a teacher who has had students who are victims, this one gave me all the feels. And I loved that the narrative centered around the reconnection, friendship and brotherhood of these two boys. The abuse makes this a hard read. I felt for Julien and could identify with Adam's need to help. Adam's friends were also fleshed out – pissed-off Charlie who helps Adam do some self-care, and Emerald, Adam's girlfriend, who seemed to look at the world through rose-colored glasses. I definitely recommend this one.
About A List of Cages (From Amazon):
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.