A List of Cages by Robin Roe is an absolutely stunning novel coming out in January. Roe addresses loss and abuse, depression and anxiety, and finding your place. There are strong themes of what makes someone family that are beautifully heart-wrenching.
The story switches between two characters- Adam and Julian. Adam is a senior in high school, outgoing, popular, and everything that Julian isn’t. Julian is a freshman, quite, secluded, and orphaned. Adam’s family fostered Julian just after his parents died, but after Julian’s uncle takes him away, Adam didn’t hear from him for five years. Adam is thrilled to be reunited, but something is different about Julian.
This story chronicles their year and Adam’s work to being Julian out of his shell. It is heartbreaking, beautiful, sweet, funny, and utterly unique. I would highly recommend this for young adults, 14 and up. It does have some really strong themes and triggering scenes, so definitely be aware of that before you read it.
There’s really not much that I can say about this book without giving things away, but it is a truly stunning book. It is a must read for everyone who likes to read things that will leave a lasting impression.
I read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy which is the pre-publication edition of a book sent out by publishers for review and publicity. The reviews I leave here are my honest opinions of the books I’ve been reading and have really enjoyed. I’m not payed to say any of this, I just liked the books! If you liked the review, let me know! If you have any particular requests for genres, authors, or titles, I’d be happy to oblige. Keep your eyes open for more reviews like this coming soon, there are some great books coming out in the next few months!