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Words on Bathroom Walls by [Julia Walton]

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Words on Bathroom Walls Kindle Edition

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An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults * A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year * Kansas National Education Association Reading Circle Catalog Selection Book of the Year * Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee * A CBC's 2 Teen Choice Book Awards Nominee 

a psychologically tense story with sympathetic characters while dispelling myths about a much-feared condition." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

A welcome novel that doesn't treat schizophrenia as an unavoidable sentence of doom and that allots friendship and romance equal weight with mental illness." —Kirkus Reviews

Walton does a brilliant job of giving a voice to a population that is often silenced." —Booklist

"Despite heavy subject matter, Adam is hilarious and infinitely lovable, and the ending is hopeful and realistic rather than happily-ever-after and contrived." —The Hub, YALSA

Imaginative writing and beautiful storytelling make this book an upbeat tale, but the message [of acceptance] is still driven home." —VOYA

A brutal, beautiful book that sits right beside The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I'll Give You the Sun." —Jennifer Longo, author of Up to This Pointe

"This book reminds me of 
A Monster Calls. I saved the final twenty pages for the next day because I didn't want Adam's story to end." —Peter Brown Hoffmeister, author of This Is the Part Where You Laugh

From School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up—Refusing to talk to his psychologist, Adam Petrazelli records answers to the doctor's questions in a running diary. The result is a startling, humorous, and painstakingly honest account of 10 months in the life of a high school boy who has schizophrenia. While Adam participates in an experimental drug trial, his recurring hallucinations appear to fade as the levels of the drug increase. He enrolls at a new school; befriends Dwight, a quirky fellow student; and pursues a romantic relationship with feisty, intelligent Maya. When his life finally begins to resemble that of a typical 11th grader, Adam learns that his miracle treatment is losing its effectiveness. As circumstances spiral out of his control, he desperately attempts to make sense of his illness and accept that his world will never be normal. Walton has crafted a character with unparalleled likability, a boy whose endearing, witty, introspective commentary allows readers to get inside the head of a person with a debilitating mental illness. Through journal entries that catalogue the details of Adam's daily life, including his drug dosage and extraordinary visions of imaginary people, the author brings the gritty details of a complex mental disorder to light. Though the realistic depiction of the disease may be disconcerting to some teens, it succeeds in giving an unfiltered, true-to-life picture of one person's struggle with schizophrenia. VERDICT A heartfelt, gripping story that demystifies an illness too often ignored. Highly recommended for older teens and adults.—Karin Greenberg, Queens College, NY --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01M7N744C
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (July 4, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 4, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 17794 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 294 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0399550917
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST BUY
By Sarah on March 27, 2021
Words On Bathroom Walls is BY FAR one of the greatest books I’ve ever read.
We follow our schizophrenic protagonist Adam through his journey in a new drug trial as he tried is navigate Junior in a private catholic K-12 school while blocking out the voices and faces only he sees. Oh and he might fall in love along the way.

I would like to note that I am not schizophrenic nor is anyone in my life (that I’m aware of) so I really cannot comment on the way the book portrays the disorder. In the authors note Julia Walton states that, “Adam’s experience is loosely based on documented symptoms of schizophrenia, but a great deal of creative license was taken to describe his auditory and visual hallucinations.” Although I’m sure she did research it is clear the disorder is romanticized in the novel. This might bother some people, some it might not. I didn’t let it affect how I saw the book because I chose to look at it through a 100% fiction lense.

Now on with the review...(don’t worry, no major spoilers!! Nothing more than the inside cover would tell you)

The book is written in journal form from Adam’s perspective. He is such a lovable character. Although it’s tough to read about the challenges he’s facing, it’s worth it in the end. His hallucinations range from scary to hilarious. My favorite was Rebecca and you’ll see why when you read. Adam’s mom is such a fiercely strong character that you are sure to fall in love with. Maya is everything though. Their unconventional love story is everything you need. As an obsessed over romance novels, I was growing tired of the same format being used time and time again. It made books too predictable. Julia Walton flips this on it’s head. the primary focus of the book was Adam’s life NOT his romance with Maya which a refreshing change.

None of these characters fit your stereotypes and as you are reading you will feel them come alive and out of the pages. The novel transported me to another world. I told myself I would take it slow with this book because I’ve been burning through them at rapid paces but within one day I had finished the entirety of it.

This novel surpasses All Our Broken Pieces to take it’s place as my favorite book.

I would definitely recommend as it’s the best purchase I’ve made in my life.
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