A List Of Cages by Robin RoeA List Of Cages by Robin Roe

A List Of Cages

byRobin Roe

Hardcover | January 10, 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 kind hearted. 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. First-time novelist Robin Roe relied on life experience when writing this exquisite, gripping story featuring two lionhearted characters.Praise forA List of Cages:"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 orRoom"As inspiring as it is heartbreaking,A List of Cagesis a hero story you will never forget." -Tamara Ireland Stone, best-selling author ofEvery Last Word"A poignant, hopeful story about loss, grief, abuse, and the transformative power of friendship." -Amber Smith,New York Timesbest-selling author ofThe Way I Used to Be* "A triumphant story about the power of friendship and of truly being seen." -Kirkus Reviewsstarred review * "A page-turner with a lot of compassion." -Bookliststarred review
Robin Roehas a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's from Harvard. She counseled adolescents in Boston before she moved to Dallas, Texas to run a mentoring program for at-risk teens. This is her first novel. Follow Robin on Twitter @robinroewriter.
Title:A List Of CagesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1484763807

ISBN - 13:9781484763803


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very heavy but life changing It was difficult to get through because of the subject matter but so hard to put down because of the characters. It's very moving. I would recommend it to everyone, just be careful if you're a sensitive reader. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read A List of Cages covers fun, carefree teenage life with its slice of lifestyle pacing, yet manages to tell the haunting truths of domestic abuse and the painful struggles and frustrations of recovery. Robin Roe's first book is impressive in its portrayal of hardships and difficulties in teenage life, though the pacing can be too quick at times and the story leaves unanswered questions in its conclusions
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving This book were very touching and well written. It opened me up to hardships that I was unaware of how they affect the person going through them before reading this book.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Sad This book was amazingly written. You really feel for the main character. It will clutch at your heart strings.
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Authentic Masterpiece! Wow! This book is amazing. If you like realistic contemporary young adult novels, put this on your to be read list. In the same vein as John Green's many works and The Hate U Give, Robin Roe has written a touching, heartwrenching story. The story line moves seamlessly between Julian's and Adam's points of view to fill in the storyline completely. A novel that tackles the tough truths of abuse, loss, love and living in foster care, told in the authentic voices of two young men, it is a true masterpiece.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was beautiful and heart-breaking at the same time. An amazing story!
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and Beautiful This is a haunting, gut-wrenching book and one of my favourite books of 2017. When I started reading, I wasn't sure where this book was going. My heart went out to Julian in every chapter, because we know that something is happening to him but we don’t discover just how horrible it is until much later. And when we do find out, I just ended up crying and covering my mouth in horror as we read what Julian is forced to go through. Adam is obviously someone who is friends with everyone, but it’s clear that his relationship with Julian is different. From both characters, we are able to see how they think of themselves and how they think about each other and it makes me cry every time. The brotherly love that they share…it honestly made me cry throughout the book. I can’t say enough good things about how Roe writes and develops the relationship between these boys; it’s beautiful to read about. I’m so happy I decided to read this book and it’s one that I know I will re-read again and again. I highly recommend it to absolutely everything; it’s a hard story to read but one that you should really read it anyways.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful, but... This book broke my heart wide open. So many parts were beautifully written and so touching. However, I felt that many little things didn't make sense to me and distracted me as I was reading (the way teachers related to students, Adam and his Mom's relationship, the way police interacted with other characters).
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it! This book deals with some heavy topics and does it so well! Such a powerful story about friendship and love between 2 foster brothers that have lost touch and reconnected. I did however, didn't like the ending. It seemed odd, and at lot happening at once. I felt like it ended a little abruptly. I'd still recommend this book to anyone :)
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking! I had to take breaks between chapters just because of how intense and heartbreaking it got. Such a beautiful story of friendship!
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All the Feels If you are not moved by this book, then you may have to check your pulse. This book made me feel the whole spectrum of emotions. You never know how much you can have an impact on someone just by being nice to them. I read it and now I am buying another copy to give away to my friend.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good A really really beautiful story that I absolutely recommend!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking This story is so good. I'm usually not a fan of multiple points of views but Julian and Adam have very different voices. Warning, this story touches child abuse at many levels.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, but heartbreaking I went into this book without reading the synopsis. All I knew about that book was that it was getting so much hype and it was a debut novel. I was extremely surprised at how well written it was! You really feel for the character, Julian, and it makes you only want good things to happen to him. I had no idea that that would happen to Julian, and I was so heartbroken that I cried countless times. But despite that, I thought that the book ended off beautifully and I would recommend it to everyone!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10 Million Stars!!!!! Everything about this book blew me away, from the strong platonic relationships to the writing itself! Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the Hype This book's getting so much love on booktube and it's worth the hype. Wow! Don't even have words to describe how good it is. Best book of 2017!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10 Million Stars I'll quote this reviewer: “A List Of Cages is painful, devastating, beautiful and brilliant.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and Heart-restoring. Heartbreaking and Heart-restoring. I'm a teacher and want all of my students to read this, but it's an incredible book for ALL AGES. Please read!!!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book Is Gorgeous This is one of my favorite books of all times. The writing is gorgeous, and the message of kindness and hope is absolutely beautiful.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I am so conflicted about this book I liked this book but I did not love it, and although I really want to love it, I just can't. It has too many problems for me to look past. I feel like this book tries to capitalize on your emotions at certain points instead of telling the story. The abuse scene was almost too graphic for me and I wished I put the book down and took a break before coming back. I also really really really disliked the portrayal of cerebral palsy in this book. It is in such a small scene it might not even be noticeable, but it stood out to me and rubbed me the wrong way. I have more issues with this book but as a positive I loved the character Charlie. It was so cool to see his character development.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it, but not loved it Twas good, but I was expecting a bit more.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow This is beautifully written novel. I highly suggest reading it, it'll take you on an adventure
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Beautiful Story This book is beautiful, and hopeful, and heartbreaking. I can't remember the last time I cried so much while reading. This book addresses a difficult topic in a simple way. It's well written and the chapters are short. Before you know it you're sucked into the story and you can't put it down. I loved the importance it put on friendship. I loved that it's written in alternate points of view because it allows you to see what Adam and Julian are thinking throughout the novel. I liked that any violence wasn't described in detail but it was still able to touch your emotions. All the events were portrayed realistically. Nothing was sugarcoated. It's a very thought provoking read. When you finish the book it stays with you. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well-written portrayal of high school social dynamic Really realistic take on high school bullying and suffering of ADHD. Why aren't there more books out there about and for boys like this?
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The cover does not do its justice - Beware of moving and bittersweet and unkown emotions This book was spectular ! I thought this book was a middle novel, but NO it is not. I thought the cover was being all cute and bright - WRONG ! This novel really breaks down emotion of a freshman in high school in the foster care system, a senior getting the best spot in his timetable to text and bring students to the school councler bringing them together. I was not expecting anything. Ths book is deep, and just remarkable. Topics include; High school, relationships, foster care, phyiscal and emotional abuse, friendship, bullyness, LD and kindness.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story This book will stay with you long after you read it. The characters were dynamic and beautifully written. This book will hook you in right away!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best YAs of 2017. Robin Roe and I are both debut authors this year, and through our debut author group, I got to read an advance copy of A LIST OF CAGES. It's an absolutely incredible book. When I read advance copies, I don't often go on to purchase finished copies, but this one I absolutely will. I'll treasure it forever!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A LIST OF CAGES is the sort of book you start reading and realise within the first couple chapters that you basically won't stop reading until you're done. It's the sort of book where you're afraid to turn the pages to see what devastating thing will happen next, but you're also frantic to turn the pages, to get to a place where maybe things will be okay. At the same time, though, this heartbreaking book is somehow uplifting. While its pages are littered with terrible people that I wanted to force to stand in a circle and slap each other for eternity, A LIST OF CAGES also shines with the light of characters so wonderful, I wanted to hug them and never let them go. There's Adam, who has ADHD and can't sit still or stop talking during a movie, but whose heart is so big that his joy and goodness spills out of him everywhere he goes. And then there's Julian--beautiful Julian, a fourteen year old with the understanding of a child, but the heart of one, too. All he wants is for the people he loves to be happy, and within the first couple pages, I loved him so much that all I wanted was for him to be happy. Ten thousand stars’ worth of happiness. “Hate ricochets,” thinks Julian, “but kindness does too.” Which is really a perfect description of this book. Hate and terribleness ricochet through its pages, but kindness ricochets through it, too, in equal measure. That kindness holds your heart together so that although it breaks on every page, it never falls apart. A LIST OF CAGES is heartbreaking, devastating, powerful, and moving, and definitely a must read. I loved it!
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful, yet haunting, story that will stay with you forever. A must-read for 2017! This book. This book completely broke me. It was devastating, yet beautiful. Does that even make sense? Probably not, but honestly…read this book. Please. If you have to choose just one of my recommendations, choose this one for your TBR in 2017. - What I Liked Absolutely everything. Okay, I promise to delve deeper into what I liked in the next few paragraphs, but honestly…this is probably going to be the book that I recommend to everyone in 2017. The friendship. Who wouldn’t want a friendship like Julian and Adam’s? They hadn’t seen each other in years and yet Adam acts like Julian has been a part of his life the entire time. He makes sure Julian shows up to his counseling sessions every week at school. He makes sure Julian has friends to hang out with. He makes sure Julian has a place to sit at lunch everyday. Most importantly though, he instantly knows when something is wrong. Julian genuinely cares about Adam. Adam makes him feel safe even in the worst situations. They both need each other and their friendship is beautiful. That it didn’t hold back. A List of Cages deals with the heavy topic of child abuse. It’s not an easy topic to write about and it definitely is not an easy topic to read about. I found myself not wanting to read the next sentence, not because it was written badly, but because I just couldn’t bare to find out what horrible things would happen next. A List of Cages did not hold back. This book is heavy and dark, but it’s so important that this book exists. The writing. I read this book in 3 sittings. If I had the time to read it one, I probably would have. It was super fast-paced and a really quick read. Even though it felt like I read this book in 5 seconds, so much happened. I just couldn’t put it down. While I was at work, I was itching to read it. While I was taking the bus home, it was all I could think about (damn you motion sickness). It was beautifully written and everything flowed perfectly. The dual perspectives. A List Of Cages is told in the dual perspectives of Julian and Adam. It didn’t alternate at every other chapter, but changed perspectives at random and yet it was still super easy to follow. It was great to see the story told from both characters as it provided a look at two very different lives and how they ended up connecting. - What I Didn’t Like As you can tell, I loved everything. The only thing that maybe bothered me a little was that I really wanted to know where Russel was going when he would disappear for days on end. But that detail is so small and insignificant when the rest of the story was so amazing that I’m not going to dock any points for it. - I absolutely adored this book. It’s beautiful and devastating all at the same time. This book will break you, but I promise you will also fall deeply in love with it. Please read this book!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A haunting, chilling story that will stay with you. Oh god, the feels from this book. Let me first start off by saying that I almost stopped reading it because I was 70 pages in and still not feeling it. But I knew the book had great reviews and lots of other readers seem to love it. I’m so glad I kept going because the book soon grabbed me by the heart. A List of Cages is primarily Julian’s story, but we hear a lot from Adam too. Adam and Julian used to be foster brothers for a few months after Julian’s parents died. But then a relative turns up and takes Julian away and Adam hasn’t seen him for years when they cross paths at school. Adam is working for the school psychologist, whom Julian is now seeing because he’s been skipping class. Shy, quiet, and alone, it soon becomes evident that Julian’s home life is cause for concern, and Adam is determined to help his friend and almost-brother in whatever way he can. Let’s just hope it’s not too late. Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review. I am an Indigo employee.
Date published: 2016-12-01

Editorial Reviews


"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