A List of Cages by Robin Roe – Review





Author: Robin Roe

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

 Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Published: January 10th 2017

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 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 kindhearted. 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…

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adri's review


I don’t think I’ve ever been as emotional reading a book as I was while reading this. It was heart-breaking, soul-crushing and just utterly beautifu ❤ I was hooked from the first page and I finished it in ONE sitting. I was so immersed in these characters’ lives that I kinda blanked out of the real world, ignoring my family’s attempt at conversation and coercion to eat. There were moments that were so painful that I literally felt like I was punched in the gut. This books was one of the hardest books to read; it made my hear hurt so much, but it was sooo worth it because A List of cages is now really up there with my all-time favorites 😀


  • Julian, aka absolute cinnamon roll: From the moment his parents die in an accident, Julian’s life is turned around for the worst. He goes from a care-free, happy child to a timid, anxious person. He has dyslexia, which makes school absolute hell for him but none of the teachers support him and he’s basically a loner who often gets ridiculed by his peers. And he can’t find solace at his new home either; in fact, he encounters the worst of ordeals there. He is such a sweetheart, like I want to bundle him up and hold him forever (why am I being creepy? Sorry) and just thinking about the things he goes through…I feel like bawling again. 
  • Adam, aka literal sunshine: Adam is one of the happiest characters I’ve ever encountered. He has ADHD but he has the support of his mother and his crew of friends. He’s in his senior year of high school and is basically having the time of his life. He is also sooo very kind and is always there for the people he loves. Adam is not without his flaws but he is straight-forward and confident and I loved that about him. 
  • Friendship: Adam and Julian used to be foster brothers before certain events separated them and now, as an aide for the school’s psychologist, Adam stumbles upon Julian. As Adam struggles to understand Julian’s timid nature and obviously-concealed secrets, the two grow closer to each other. Reading about their friendship was so refreshing. Just their connection alone had me teared up in more than one occasion. #brotp
  • Tough subject matter: I think it’s best to go into this blind but it may be a tough topic for many so you should be warned (Trigger warning: Child abuse).


This is a must-read. I urge everyone to give this book a chance. I’m sure it won’t let you down. 

Have you read this book? If so, let me know your thoughts below. Make sure to add it to your TBR if you haven’t yet!!

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Robin Roe

Robin Roe is the author of A LIST OF CAGES, which has received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, and Publishers Weekly. She has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Harvard. She counseled adolescents in Boston before she moved to Dallas to run a mentoring program for at-risk teens.
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2 thoughts on “A List of Cages by Robin Roe – Review

  1. Ohh great review I have heard so many amazing reviews about this book, that I really want to check it out from the library and see if I like it or not. But after seeing your review this book has been push on the top of my tbr list too read soon. Thank you so much for your awesome post.


    1. Thank you ❤ I'm so glad you decided to pick it up, more than happy to convince someone to read it. I really hope you'll love it!! At the very least, this is a book that deserves a shot.


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