A List of Cages

A List of Cages

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 dodg...

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Title:A List of Cages
Author:Robin Roe
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ISBN:1484763807
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

A List of Cages Reviews

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)
    Jan 05, 2017

    I may have already found my top book of 2017, because I don't know how something will top this. So sad I didn't read this in time to include it in an OwlCrate box. It comes out on January 10th and I highly encourage everyone to pick it up!

  • Emma Giordano
    Nov 05, 2016

    I have recommended a lot of books over the last 3 years, but truthfully, I don't remember the last time I recommended one so meaningful and important.

    FTC Disclosure: I was sent an advanced reader copy of this novel from Disney Hyperion in exchange for a review. Full review sponsored by Disney Hyperion is coming to my YouTube channel soon.

    I legitimately cannot form the words to start this review. I have never been left so speechless by a book in my entire life. All I can say is this is a book tha

    I have recommended a lot of books over the last 3 years, but truthfully, I don't remember the last time I recommended one so meaningful and important.

    FTC Disclosure: I was sent an advanced reader copy of this novel from Disney Hyperion in exchange for a review. Full review sponsored by Disney Hyperion is coming to my YouTube channel soon.

    I legitimately cannot form the words to start this review. I have never been left so speechless by a book in my entire life. All I can say is this is a book that will change your life with every page. By page 5, I was bawling and I don't think I have ever read a work of fiction that left me so emotional. I can't think of a single time where I picked up this book for a reading session that did not leave me with either tears in my eyes or at least a tight sensation in my chest (in the most painful and wonderful way possible).

    "A List of Cages" is an EXTREMELY emotional book that deals with a wide variety of critical topics. Friendship. The meaning of family. ADHD. Foster care. Child abuse in multiple forms. Trauma. Growth. As many of these topics are important to me not only as a reader and a student in a field encountering many of these subjects daily, they're issues I value to the highest degree and I cannot tell you how pleased I am that they are written from the viewpoint of an author with an education and experience with individuals in these types of situations. Color me entirely satisfied with the incorporation and execution of the intense content described in this novel.

    The writing is beautiful. Each character had a distinct voice that developed alongside the narrator. There are most definitely quotes that conveyed certain ideas that will be sticking with me for a very long time.

    Our two main characters will absolutely remain in my heart for the rest of my life. They were so REAL and I cannot explain to you how much they mean to me.

    Adam is sincerely the most genuine character I have EVER read about. This is someone who embodies the word "good". The kindness in his heart is so palpable and he never asks for anything in return. It is so rare to find a protagonist like him that truly does not care about anything slightly materialistic in life, only the well-being of his loved ones. Adam is the epitome of a perfect character (not in an unrealistic sense as he is of course flawed, but in the way that he showcases every ideal quality one would consider "pure"). I adored him with every fiber of my being and my life honestly feels more complete after meeting him in this story.

    Julian is the most wonderful soul. My heart broke for his struggles through every word. I am so emotionally attached to this character, it felt like reading about an imaginary younger brother. I do not want to go into too much especially as I have never suffered to the degree of Julian, but from what I know about people like Julian through my education, he is a very accurate representation of someone in his particular situation. He is one of those characters that I just want to shrink down and keep in my pocket so I can tell him kind things all day long because he truly deserves the world.While our lives may be polar opposites, I was still able to really relate to many of his feelings and I will be spending a very long time hoping my little warrior keeps moving forward.

    I also want to say while there is a smaller romance in this novel, it was SOOOOOOO refreshing to read about two YA protagonists that had a love for each other than ran so much deeper. You cannot ignore the connection these two have with each other, the book practically smacks you in the face with it with every word. Not even just Adam & Julian, the other characters in this novel are fantastic representations of what it means to be loved an accepted by others, regardless of the differences you may have at first glance. While side characters can kind of be grouped in together, Charlie and Emerald especially have distinct relationships with both Adam & Julian that give a special substance to their characters. Friendship is seriously passed over in the young adult genre, and this was the exact book I needed to restore the faith I have in the power of it.

    "A List of Cages" has truly opened my eyes in a way many books have failed. I'm afraid many of the feelings I've expressed may sound very exaggerated or unrealistic, but I truly feel a change within myself after reading Julian & Adam's story. This is a book that will break your heart but keep it warm at the very same time. I've come out of this book transformed and I will treasure my time reading it forever. While my feelings are all very new, I really think this makes the list of one of my all time favorite novels. I feel very blessed to have read this book, and I seriously implore you all to give it a try. Please indulge in this powerful story, I have no doubts that you will love it. "A List of Cages" hits shelves January 10th, 2017 and I cannot wait for this book's message to be spread to the world.

    Stay tuned for a very mushy video review coming soon and a super unique giveaway that may land a copy (or more) of this treasure in your hands. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Disney Hyperion, for giving me the opportunity to read this book. x

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Jan 07, 2017

    It absolutely DAMAGED MY SOUL but it was beautiful and heartfelt and the characters just sort of sneaked off the page and became incredibly real and relatable people to me and just GAHHHHH I LOVED IT SO MUCH I CANNOT EVEN.

    (Also this is my first 5 star read of the year!! I'm so excited!!)

    I will warn you: it's not easy to read. It does heavily feature child abuse and stockholm

    It absolutely DAMAGED MY SOUL but it was beautiful and heartfelt and the characters just sort of sneaked off the page and became incredibly real and relatable people to me and just GAHHHHH I LOVED IT SO MUCH I CANNOT EVEN.

    (Also this is my first 5 star read of the year!! I'm so excited!!)

    I will warn you: it's not easy to read. It does heavily feature child abuse and stockholm syndrome and psychological torture. IT'S REALLY BITTERLY HEARTBREAKING. I'm like the Vulcan of the century so I didn't

    , but I was definitely in a tangled knot on the inside.

    Also how it was "unconventional" friendship. It's dual narrated by

    . They met when they were little because Julian has dyslexia and Adam was in a group helping younger kids to read. There's actually

    between them AND I LOVED THIS. Not only did it show us that

    it is awesome and great to be friends with people who aren't necessarily your same age, and

    it had a really big-brother-little-brother feel to the friendship too. (And brotherly stories are actually my favourite thing.)

    Even though they both narrated in 1st person, I felt their voices were super different! Adam's chapters were more bouncy and bright, while Julian's were timid and cautious.

    he has ADHD and is in his senior year at highschool. He is 100% Mr. Happy and like how incredibly refreshing was it to read about a happy boy?!? I LOVED IT. And he cares fiercely about people, although he's often obviously to subtleties. Which is very realistic for ADHD people, as far as I know.

    he has dyslexia and he's just started higschool (I think?)...he's 14 anyway. IDK HOW YOUR AMERICAN HIGHSCHOOLS WORK. Anyway. His parents died when he was little so he went from a goofy little kid to this timid shy depressed child...and it just got worse when his abusive uncle adopted him. The abuse Julian goes through is horrifying to read and crushing and, gah, I just wanted to snatch him out of this book and keep him safe. But watching him rekindle his friendship with Adam and learn he's wanted and worthwhile was absolutely amazing.

    Disabilities is something I don't often get to see a lot of in books! SO YAY FOR REP. And it also didn't gloss over what it's like to have your life impacted by a disability (particularly a sort of "invisible" disability like these where a lot of people don't believe you have it or choose to ignore/erase it).

    So

    was hard to read. Their teachers have 0% caring for disabilities. Julian's dyslexia is "his fault". No one's helping him and he's failing school because he can't read/write well enough. Adam gets in trouble for his ADHD a lot, but at least he has a supportive mother.

    It's not anti-medication, don't worry. But you know what? Medication doesn't work for everybody. And I just kind of flailed when Adam and his mum were using good diets and homeopathic remedies to help manage his ADHD. It was really relatable to me because this is what my family does. <3 So just thank you to the author, THANK YOU SO MUCH, for representing natural alternatives and not sneering on them. (They don't always work either, okay, but neither does medication. And it's so nice to see balance.)

    .

    I think sometimes the smallness worked against it, a bit, because there were things that were glossed over. I still have questions and a few things confused me

    Which I love and appreciate. How are these characters just so incredibly precious?!? They were so different and yet so wonderful and I GUSH. And like when Adam + his senior friends decided to "adopt" Julian during school hours and just take care of him??? Be still my beating heart.

    I'm hugging it with affection and I loved the boys and I loved how it represented disabilities. It wasn't a fair book. It wasn't an easy book. It wasn't always a kind book. But

    . And I love love looooooove books that focus on friendship.

    PS. Go read this book.

  • Lala BooksandLala
    Dec 02, 2016

    This book just destroyed me.

  • Kimi
    Nov 19, 2016

    Out today!

    (I received a free arc from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. This book comes out in January 2017.)

    Trigger warning:

    Holy guacamole.

    I think I've just been eaten by a giant blob of feels. This was one of easiest five stars I've given so far this year. This book is definitely the next big thing. Like

    Out today!

    (I received a free arc from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. This book comes out in January 2017.)

    Trigger warning:

    Holy guacamole.

    I think I've just been eaten by a giant blob of feels. This was one of easiest five stars I've given so far this year. This book is definitely the next big thing. Like the next TFIOS or The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

    (See what I did there? A list? Anyone? Okay.)

    I'm not sure why but I have a soft spot for books that deal with mental Health issues. Not all illnesses are visible after all, but it's important to keep in mind that mental illnesses are just as severe as physical ones. This book deals with a main character that suffers from ADHD which was extremely interesting since I've never read any book that mentioned this condition before.

    I found myself rereading some sentences over and over again just because they were written in such a beautiful way you can't help but want to memorise them.

    Julian is one of those characters you just want to hug. For the rest of your life.

    He's been through so much but he kept his soul intact. One of the sweetest characters I've ever read about.

    Usually, it's a good sign when a book succeeds at making me cry so bonus points for you Robin Roe!

    Overall, a very powerful read. I loved every page of this book and I would highly recommended to pretty much everyone.

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  • Larry Hoffer
    Nov 28, 2016

    I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

    This book is at times harrowing and heartbreaking, at times hopeful. But what adds to this book's power is the fact that its plot isn't fantasy, and there are children dealing with these issues every day.

    Life changed for Julian five years ago when his beloved parents died. He lived with a foster family until a relative took him in. He misses his parents every day, and this loss truly encompasses him, because they understood him, they supported his creativity, and made lif

    I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

    This book is at times harrowing and heartbreaking, at times hopeful. But what adds to this book's power is the fact that its plot isn't fantasy, and there are children dealing with these issues every day.

    Life changed for Julian five years ago when his beloved parents died. He lived with a foster family until a relative took him in. He misses his parents every day, and this loss truly encompasses him, because they understood him, they supported his creativity, and made life fun.

    "It's strange how many ways there are to miss someone. You miss the things they did and who they were, but you also miss who you were to them. The way everything you said and did was beautiful or entertaining or important. How much you mattered."

    Now a high school freshman, life couldn't be further from fun. Julian has a number of learning disabilities, including dyslexia, which make school absolute hell for him, and his teachers don't care enough to find out what his problems are, they just berate him, fail him, and send him to the principal. His fellow students ridicule him as well. And he constantly feels as if he is living on eggshells at home, where one wrong step could spell disaster.

    One day, Julian is shocked to encounter Adam, who was once his foster brother. Adam, a high school senior assigned to help the school psychologist track down Julian for his appointments (which he always conveniently misses), is excited to see Julian again. He remembers many of the things Julian enjoyed when he was younger, and does everything he can to integrate Julian into his wide circle of friends, despite the difference in their ages, and despite Julian's efforts to try not to call attention to himself.

    Adam, who tries valiantly to keep his own ADHD in check (not always successfully), is dealing with his own issues, including a crush on a long-time friend, and his best friend Charlie's unhappiness. But he wants Julian to be a part of his life, and he wants to understand what is happening to him—why is he absent without warning for a few days, why is no one allowed over to his house, why would this relative that took Julian in all those years ago not pay for clothes that fit him?

    "He's only four years younger than me, but I feel so much older, or maybe he feels so much younger. I used to think struggle was what aged you, but if that were the case, Julian should've been a hundred years old. Now I wonder if the opposite is true. Maybe instead of accelerating your age, pain won't let you grow."

    Things come to a head when Adam starts suspecting things are worse for Julian than he lets on, and Julian tries desperately to keep his friend from finding out the truth. Adam's quest to rescue his friend could wind up seriously endangering both of their lives.

    is a sad story that is all too commonplace. Julian is a tremendously special character whose hurt and pain reminded me a tiny bit of Jude's in

    , although the books are vastly different. I enjoyed Adam's character, too, as well as those of his friends and even his mother. I never felt that these kids were more erudite than they should be, which happens all too often in young adult novels.

    While the plot isn't necessarily surprising (perhaps we've sadly all become a little too familiar with instances like these), Robin Roe pulls you in to Julian and Adam's stories, makes you care, and makes you feel in the process. I could have done without the one melodramatic plot point, but beyond that, this story gripped me from start to finish. It's hard to read at times because it is so harrowing, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    I hope this book finds a wide audience because of its subject matter, but also because Roe's storytelling ability is so powerful. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it.

    NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!

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  • Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
    Jan 04, 2017

    What an incredible, heart achingly beautiful story. This book surprised me by how engrossed I was. I cared for the characters immensely. I was sent this for review/ to do a sponsored video surrounding it by Disney Hyperion (thank you to them!) so stay tuned for a review and that video coming soon!!

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Jan 08, 2017

    So... at the very least, this was one of the most unpleasant books I've ever read. It alternates between the POVs of Adam and his former foster brother Julian who was taken away from Adam's family a few years ago by a seriously psychotic uncle who abuses him beyond anything I ever wanted to read about. So the story mostly revolves around Adam learning about Julian's situation and exploring a

    So... at the very least, this was one of the most unpleasant books I've ever read. It alternates between the POVs of Adam and his former foster brother Julian who was taken away from Adam's family a few years ago by a seriously psychotic uncle who abuses him beyond anything I ever wanted to read about. So the story mostly revolves around Adam learning about Julian's situation and exploring a new romance I had a hard time caring about.

    I did love the quote that "hate ricochets, but kindness does too." I had heard that quote before reading this and kind of expected something at least MILDLY hopeful or uplifting from the story. I would totally read a book with that theme.

    I did like the idea of the boys being asked each night how many stars they'd give that day because the book cover had stars all over it. And I did love Julian's character!! He was so completely heartbreaking and sweet. I mostly kept reading for him. I also liked Adam's friends!

    But here are a few highlights:

    . I'm fine with traumatic stories if they're meaningful, but most of the abuse felt like a bit too much like a plot device for me. The plot arc is nothing we haven't seen in other YA books, either. A lot of characters were underdeveloped and the teacher's dialogue felt comically unrealistic.

    I think that's my main problem with this book -- like the

    is fine, but the execution was rather weak. Honestly, nothing much stood out for me in any aspect and I just... did not enjoy very much of this story at all.

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Jan 20, 2017

    wow. this book has one big emotional punch. it's gonna take me a few days to recover. i went into this book not knowing anything about it & i instantly added it to my list of favorite books when i finished it.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Feb 02, 2017

    OMG!!!! This book was so horrible and so wonderful at the same time!

    I loved all of these characters with the exception of a few choice adults.

    Julian's freaking uncle, Russell!

    For him I wanted to add all of the hulk smash, blowing up, gun shooting gifs I could find but I kept it nice. You will hate his guts if you read this wonderful book and find out what all he puts Julian through. I CAN'T EVEN, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The book is told through Julian and Adam. It's not confusing just their diff

    OMG!!!! This book was so horrible and so wonderful at the same time!

    I loved all of these characters with the exception of a few choice adults.

    Julian's freaking uncle, Russell!

    For him I wanted to add all of the hulk smash, blowing up, gun shooting gifs I could find but I kept it nice. You will hate his guts if you read this wonderful book and find out what all he puts Julian through. I CAN'T EVEN, PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The book is told through Julian and Adam. It's not confusing just their different thoughts as they are the main characters. When Julian was young he lived with Adam for awhile until the evil uncle claimed him. Adam's mom tried to keep him but, you know how that goes.

    Anyway, they are in high school together. Adam is about to graduate and go on to college with his friends. Julian is younger and just getting by in school.

    I really loved Adam's friends too. All of the main ones were super nice. Charlie with his anger issues was my favorite but when you read him, you will know what I mean. And when they all took Julian in as a friend and were so nice to him (even the ones that acted like a butt to him at first) it made me feel all mushy inside. It was so sweet! ❤

    It was nice to read a book about good kids for once and not all of the bullies. The bullies in the book were some adults.

    That's all really. I loved it so much and the end had me holding my breath! I got this book from the library overdrive but I hope to buy it in a few weeks. This is one I want to go on my shelves to read again and again.

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