Thursday, April 6, 2017

Book Review: List of Cages by Robin Roe

Julian just wants to escape, much like his favorite character Elian Mariner, sailing off into the next adventure. At school he sneaks off to places where he can eat in peace, and not bother anyone. When he does cause trouble at school, they call his Uncle Russell, and Russell has high expectations for Julian. Who else wanted Julian all those years ago? Who else took Julian in?

Adam is a beacon of light in high school, with his infectious smile, and jovial personality. He is beloved by teachers and students, and has a lot of friends, so it's not a surprise when he is assigned to make sure Julian goes to the school counselor. What's even better, is that Adam used to be Julian's foster brother, before his uncle came into the picture.

Julian slowly opens up to Adam, and the two become friends. Both tread the water of friendship cautiously, fearful of being taken away from each other again. It becomes apparent to Adam that things are not great at home for Julian, but Julian refuses any help. He lost his parents so young, he doesn't want to lose or hurt any one else. No longer isolated with just Russel, Julian starts to wonder if he is that bad, and Adam starts to show him that he isn't as bad as Russel tells him.

Bring out the tissues for this tale of family, friendship and survival. One part The Perks of Being a Wallflower, one part I'll Be There, A List of Cages is a hit you in the gut story that will have you turning pages.

I'll see you@ the library!

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