Standalone Sunday | A List of Cages

Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @ BookslayerReads to spotlights a standalone novel that you loved and would want to recommend. Be sure to check out her blog and original post by clicking on the link above!

Synopsis from NetGalley: 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.

This book is an amazing read. I was so consumed with this book that I couldn’t do anything else, yes, including sleep. A must read book!

In this book, we follow the point of views of Julian and Adam. Two great main characters that leave you breathless and speechless after your read and at the same time, make your mind race and your emotions to go haywire while you read it. It’s a book that reminds you to be compassionate toward others. It’s also a book that reminds you that not every family is the same behind closed doors. Although this book is a fiction novel, I can strongly believe that things occurs in this book do occur in real life. I am glad the author wrote a book about situations like this because people need to be aware of others.

“Why is time like that? Why does it slow down in the places you don’t want it to, but it speeds away when you’re happy?” 80%

Adam is such a great character, despite him having ADHD, he’s a happy, handsome, smart, considered, friendly, and an awesome person. He’s the popular guy with a heart for all people. He brings happiness to everyone with his good moods. We all need him in our lives. Julian, on the other hand, is an exact opposite. He avoids people, doesn’t know what to say, has no friends, and always afraid. The supporting characters are really great too. Adam’s friends are highly supportive. I like that this book is filled with characters with some sort of health issues, like hoarder, ADHD, anxiety, etc. I also like the suspense and couldn’t guess the ending. Some parts scared me and some parts makes me happy. This book is a perfect read from beginning to ending.

I rated 5 stars! Click HERE to see my full review of this book. I highly recommend everyone to read it! This book was published by Disney so you can feel happy to know that the ending is promised to be justified 🙂

That concludes my first Standalone Sunday Post! Great weekly feature Megan!  I have been wanting to join for so long but my timing has been often off. I hope you all had a great weekend 🙂


20 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday | A List of Cages

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about this book! I love character development– this sounds totally up my alley. I also love that you did another buddy read and didn’t post the same review. That’s really cool; I love seeing your opinion shared twice; there are interesting thoughts in both! It sounds like a heart-breaker, but I am totally going to read this. 🙂

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    • Jasmine says:

      Hopefully you will get a chance to read it. Adam, one of the main character, his happiness is contagious. You just had to smile when you read his part. This book definitely has a powerful message. 🙂


  2. Megan @ bookslayerReads says:

    This bool has been calling my name!! And you just made me wanna read it even more! Thanks for the recommendation, Jas! I’ll definitely be getting to this book soon. 😊

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  3. Azia says:

    I finished this book a couple of weeks ago! It is probably one of my favorite contemporary reads of all time. The characters are so lovable and I love all the topics the author managed to touch on. Simply a fantastic read and a fantastic choice for today! Great post, Jasmine! ❤

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