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A List of Cages Paperback – December 5, 2017
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"Written with honesty and compassion, this book will resonate with a wide range of readers."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Emotion courses through every sentence of this novel, whether it is love, compassion, or bone-chilling cruelty. A triumphant story about the power of friendship and of truly being seen."―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A poignant, hopeful story about loss, grief, abuse, and the transformative power of friendship."―Amber Smith, New York Times best-selling author of The Way I Used to Be
"As inspiring as it is heartbreaking, A List of Cages is a hero story you will never forget."―Tamara Ireland Stone, best-selling author of Every Last Word
A remarkably gripping and moving tale of a life saved--in more than one way--by the power of friendship."―Emma Donoghue, best-selling author of Room
"A page-turner with a lot of compassion."―Booklist (starred review)
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Lady Roe, you have a fan for life.
I always wonder what magic formula authors use to make readers immediately care about their characters. Robin Roe does a particularly good job of that in this heart-wrenching yet charming novel centered around the friendship between two teen boys who each deal with challenging personality quirks. The "supporting characters" are interesting as well. Watch out for Charlie, he's a sleeper and provides just the right touch of comic relief! I can't help but think what a great sidekick role his character would make for a young actor when this story gets translated to film.
There were several lines that were so beautiful, succinct, and full of emotional depth they took my breath away. Among them: "People I love will be watching me. Their eyes like safety nets, I can't fall."
Buy this book, read it, and share it with your friends.
This book was absolutely incredible. When I started reading, I could not put it down. Once I had finished the story, I sat here in front of my computer desperately trying to find the right words to write my review... It's not that I'm speechless, exactly. It's just that there is so much I adored about this book, and so much that I had a hard time reading, but I don't want to give anything away.
If you are reading this, please go pick up this book. It's such a emotional rollercoaster, but I could not recommend it any higher.
First of all, I need to say that I think this author is absolutely incredible. Her writing is so beautiful and real. She writes the story from a duel narrative, which I have to say I don't usually like. But in this case, I thought it was beyond perfect. Everything just flowed so well. And I loved that I kept pausing to write down quotes I enjoyed. I will definitely be on the lookout for any book that Robin Roe publishes in the future.
The storyline itself was heartbreaking, but also very moving. It is one that I know I will never forget. There were scenes that made me feel so warm and so happy, but others were horrifying and made me sick, while others still made me feel truly afraid. There are so many very important topics that are discussed in this book, ranging from child abuse and trauma, friendship and growth, even to ADHD and the use of homeopathic remedies.
And the kindest.... The kindness in this book was incredibly awe-inspiring. I seriously want this book to reach the hands of every single person out there.
I have never loved characters in a book so quickly or so wholeheartedly. They were all so well developed and seemed so realistic! The majority of them were absolutely lovely, though one was downright wicked. I was immediately drawn to the two main characters, Adam and Julian. Very early on, I realized that I felt really protective of them, like they were my own little brothers. Adam was so thoughtful and clumsy, while Julian was shy and had a true heart of gold. I thought that all of Adams friends were incredible as well. I loved how kind and supportive they all were.
There was a very slight romance, but I thought it was lovely. I really enjoyed that these two characters seemed to have a real bond, not just your typical insta-love we seem to get in most YA books.
I would highly recommend this book. It is a must read for everyone.
I don't want to say that I enjoyed this story because it is very sad. But there are moments when Julian is happy and surrounded by people that care about him that I was really enjoying those moments for him. There is just so much sadness and pain in his life that it is very hard not feel happy for him when he gets a good day.
The friendship between Adam and Julian was amazing and beautiful. Adam seemed to know what to do/say to bring Julian out of his shell a little bit or get him to admit to things that he wanted to do but wouldn't say out loud.
I loved that this was a novel about brotherhood and friendship. That all of the characters in here are so deeply compassionate and care for one another (with a few notable exceptions). But they made their group of friends seem like a family and I can really connect with that and understand that.
Beautiful and touching. 5 stars.