A List of Cages

A List of Cages

by Robin Roe


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ISBN-13: 9781484776407
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 43,411
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Robin Roe has 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.

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A List of Cages 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
folieevan More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK!!! I finished this whole entire novel in one sitting, and that is already saying something! *TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD ABUSE AND ASSAULT* Summary: This novel revolves around two high school boys named Adam and Julian who once lived together as foster brothers when they were younger. Once Julian was sent to a relative, Julian and Adam never spoke again to each other for 2 years. Now at the local high school, Adam has a job with the counselor to escort students to the office when one day he just so happens to run into Julian doing his job. Julian is different then Adam remembers, something is wrong. Despite Julian's differences, Adam takes Julian under his wing and begin to form a bond once more.Until Adam finds out what happens in Julian's home and their friendship could cost both of them their lives. My Thoughts: Ugh, I just adored this novel. I can't believe this is a debut author based on how beautiful well performed this writing style is! Everything from the multiple perspectives, the short chapters and the overall addictiveness this book has makes it impossible to put down. The characters made this novel because I could just feel, imagine, and loathe everything that was happening right alongside Adam and Julian. This book has a lovely focus on family dynamic and friendships. Everything in here is so heart wrenching and devastating, bringing attention to the horrors of child abuse and the manipulation that comes with it. Topics: -Foster Care -Child Abuse -Mental Health -Family Dynamic -ADHD and Dyslexia -High School -Friendships -Relationships -Dead Parents
JadedStar 24 days ago
Phenomenal from the writing to the characters, to the story. Easily going on my favorites list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A List of Cages is a novel which successfully speaks on difficult subjects with interesting characters, creating a lasting message and a memorable book. In A List of Cages, the chapters switch between Adam’s, a popular senior with ADHD, and Julian’s, an elusive freshman, perspectives, showing the different views on each other’s lives. Through this, the story of Adam reaching graduation and Julian slowly detaching from his abusive uncle are unveiled. Through their growing bond, the events shared grow more and more the same due to their increasing interactions between each other, yet each remains distinct in their views and takes. Also, there’s some minor development of some of the less important characters, such as Emerald, Adam’s love interest who ends up taking interest in him, as well as Charlie, who learns to accept the shy Julian. The beginning starts out slow but eventually relieves the drawn-out tension with a fairly satisfying ending. Personally, I felt the book maintained the theme that perspective must always be considered when judging another person perfectly. Each character showed the reasoning behind their decisions, like Emerald lying about dating someone thinking it would impress Adam, or Charlie not liking Julian because he thought he was weak and clingy, but in the end, learning that they were simply reading the situation wrong. I especially enjoyed the character development of Julian; he began to see what his uncle was doing to him was wrong, and slowly broke free of the many cages which his uncle had set up for him, only to be trapped again by his uncle’s final action or horrible abuse. This also spoke on a very real problem of how victims of abuse don’t realize what’s happening is as severe as it actually is, or do realize but feel as though they have nowhere to turn. Roe is able to rationalize this, prove that it’s much harder than most think to try and escape it, and then shows that it can eventually be done with the support of others, even if the help isn’t direct. There were some minor aspects of the book which felt lacking. Adam’s character development wasn’t really there; he simply changed his view on Julian and began dating Emerald. He didn’t mature or change that much as a person. Speaking of, Emerald also lacked development, though it’s not as important since she was a minor character. The pacing of the book was also odd, since the first half felt like friction which was leading to nothing, and the ending seemed to happen almost too perfectly, feeling a bit forced, especially in the complete removal of Russell. Altogether, A List of Cages is a genuine story of 2 boys trying to navigate each of their own worlds and the power of reaching out and understanding those around you. It’s a good book which I’d recommend for an easy yet impactful read.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for the opportunity to read and review A List of Cages by Robin Roe! Julian doesn't feel as though he belongs anywhere, at school or at home where he lives with his uncle. He likes to hide in a small secret room behind the school stage where he can be alone and no one knows where he is. I immediately felt protective of Julian and hated how people assumed that he was stupid and treated him horribly. He's had a tragic past and he's presently living in an unhappy world. Adam knows Julian because his family fostered him for a while after the death of his parents until Julian's Uncle Russell stepped into their lives and took Julian away. Uncle Russell is a force to be reckoned with and has more issues than anyone realizes. This tragic and touching realistic fiction story earns 5 stars!
JessicaRobertson More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely breathtaking! 10 MILLION STARS!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing story of friendship, compassion, and what it means to truly be there for someone! Robin's writing style is poetic, colorful, and emotionally provocative. This book will make you cry - but also laugh. I highly recommend it!
MissDina More than 1 year ago
This book is so beautifully written and the characters so convincingly brought to life that I fell in love with many of them and became so emotionally invested I was in tears by the end. Such a gamut of emotions from a poignant story of the transformative power of love and friendship. Robin Roe, you are brilliant. A poet... a storyteller... weaver of words and painter of pictures. I can't wait for the rest of the world to read it and fall in love too!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book broke my heart and then pieced it back together again. Part “Perks of Being A Wallflower,” part “A Little Life,” Robin Roe tackles a heartbreaking subject like a master storyteller. A LIST OF CAGES will destroy you and rebuild you and will stay with you long after you’re finished reading it. The book left me longing for more Adams in this world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One refreshing thing right off: This ISN'T a book about the all-healing power of love/romance/kissing. It's about a friendship between two boys. One is older, assured, playful, kind, a caretaker. The other is a gentle soul, worried as a deer. He's being victimized horribly in secret, and has no grasp of his self-worth. He doesn't know a way out— he doesn't even know he DESERVES a way out. There's a reason A LIST OF CAGES has gotten raves from every trade journal on the map. Robin Roe writes beautiful, clear, honest prose. There are no tricks, no showing off. I don't want to compare it to anything else, but readers will love it. Like all great books, it will speak TO them and FOR them. It's so real that, at times, it's breathtakingly painful, yet it's also so humane, so filled with love and hope that there's no looking away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, carefully crafted, raw and honest and thoughtful. The characters will stay in your heart long after you read the final page. I wanted to hold Julian and never let him go! This book is a triumph. A must-read.
booksss_0k More than 1 year ago
5 / 5 “This part is hardest. A billion years of evolution tells your cells to run. But you can’t run. You have to turn around and face the desert wall. You have to be still. He doesn’t care if you cry, but you can’t fight. A sound fills the air, then pain so sharp, you feel sick. Slash after slash, cutting deep, one on top of the other. They don’t stop until you’re screaming into your palms.” — Robin Roe I do not believe that Robin Roe is a debut author, but yes, she is, and I am just blown away. This book doesn’t come out until January, but it should be on everyone’s radar right now. It may be too early, but I see this book having the success of All the Bright Places or Eleanor and Park. This book was such a surprise that words can’t explain how great it truly is. The main story revolves around two boys and the friendship that they maintain through tragedy, love, and traumatizing events. It was a refreshing YA novel that takes the genre in a place that I haven’t really seen done. (I know that events in this novel happen in other YA novels [the abuse], but I haven’t come across novels.) “It’s strange how many ways there are to miss someone. You miss the things they did and who they were, but you also miss who you were to them. The way everything you said and did was beautiful or entertaining or important. How much you mattered.” — Robin Roe I am able to picture all of the characters in this novel because they are so relatable. The whole cast of characters are so realistic that I can relate them to people I see in my own life. That point just makes the book so much more personal and engrossing. This book is not something to be taken lightly, it is an emotional ride from beginning to end. If I could go back and read it for the first time again, then I would in a heartbeat. The authenticity of this book just makes the reader feel so in touch with the story and all of the characters involved. This book is going to be a massive hit with everyone who comes upon it. “My mother once said that the planet was like an enormous womb, and every single one of us was a fetus. Death was nothing to be afraid of. It was just birth to another world, and someone would be waiting for us there. Sometimes I try to see this, my mother and father as two newborns holding hands and ejected into this other world. There they are just beginning.” — Robin Roe I grabbed this book on a whim because of the Emma Donoghue blurb on the back, but after reading it I can tell that there are going to more quotes for influential authors on the final copy. This is deserves to become a literary phenomenon (TFiOS level). If this doesn't get its rights picked up by a distribution company for a film, then I will be floored. Everyone do me a favor and support this book when it comes out, it is just that incredible.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
I’m not sure saying I loved “A List of Cages” is appropriate because of the subject matter, but I can say I loved Julian and Adam. This book broke my heart and some parts were very difficult to read. Yet it was also a good reminder that humanity still exists in this world, even in the darkest of places. I don’t want to spoil how the plot develops, but I will say that the bond between the characters is beautiful. Julian’s ability to see when others are trapped in their own cages is remarkable. We don’t get to see how their stories play out, but that is true to life. We’re all on our own journey. My only problem with the book is that at times the characters felt just a touch too naive in their decision-making, particularly Adam. It doesn’t take away from the plot or the writing. It’s a minor flaw in an otherwise exceptional book. As a warning, there is abuse in “A List of Cages” and it is graphic. If this is a trigger for you, I would recommend you give it a pass. Otherwise, I recommend it for everyone high-school aged and up. It’s simply beautiful. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
18876111 More than 1 year ago
Robin Roe was extremely kind in sending me a final copy of her debut! This book was my most anticipated January release. I have never been left speechless by a book before, and I say this in the best way possible. I had tears in my eyes when I was reading it. This book means so much to me as I have never been able to see myself represented in a book before. I also read this book in one sitting. It is told from two points of views, and it works so well due to how the stories of the two main characters fit together. First of all, I have never been able to connect to characters the way that I connected with both Adam and Julian. While Adam has ADHD and I have ADD, I could really relate to the struggles he went through in his life living with ADHD, and how his ADHD was treated. I truly loved Adam and almost all of the characters in this book. The characters had such an authenticity to them that isn't always found in fiction. My heart just broke for Julian with everything that he went through, I have never experienced anything that Julian experienced in terms of the abuse that he suffered. There was one way that I was able to relate to Julian and that is his struggles with school work because of his various learning disabilities, while all of his teachers didn't bother to even try to remotely help him and to understand why he struggled, I was fortunate to only have one teacher who didn't bother. I also loved the small romance in this book and how it fit so perfectly with the plot. The brotherly relationship between Adam and Julian was so heartwarming, and reading a book from the point of views of males was so refreshing. This book is the most authentic work of fiction I have ever read. It is so beautifully written, it is an emotional roller coaster that will break you in the best way possible. I can not recommend this book enough, and I definitely think everyone needs to read it.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
In short, A List Of Cages is one of the BEST books on friendship, abuse, hope and family that the Young Adult world has to offer. A List of Cages was ADORABLE, perfect in every sense of the word and it also succeeded in breaking my heart, had me sobbing uncontrollably and then managed to put it together again. I’ve NEVER felt so much – I didn’t think it was possible to feel so much – for two foster brothers and their stories, but Robin Roe had me feeling it all. Let me make a list of things I LOVED about this book: 1. Julian: Julian was such an adorable little boy, and I connected with him in the very first chapter. He was… afraid to be who he was on the inside, afraid to be happy and be himself as if he was intentionally making himself less noticeable, and it broke my heart. My heart broke with the fact that he even had to deal with Russell and school, but he was a beautifully real character. 2. Adam: It took me a little longer to get used to Adam, mostly because he seemed like a ridiculously perfect person. He had only nice things to say about everyone, he could take and dish out jokes, had a great home life and the girl he liked obviously liked him back and so it took a while for me to warm up to the Golden Boy. I did, however, and MAN I LOVED THIS BOY. He was the sweetest to my adorable Julian, and a perfect friend and older brother and ACK. 3. THE FRIENDSHIPS: There were a lot of GREAT friendships between the wonderful characters in this book, between Adam and Charlie and the rest of Adam’s friends but most of all I loved the camaraderie and sibling-esque bond between Julian and Adam. Also, the one that developed between Charlie (Adam’s best friend) and Julian was pretty great, and I only wish we saw more of it. There was only one REAL thing that disappointed me in this book and it was the lack of Parental Supervision. I was SUPER PLEASED in the beginning because Adam’s mom WAS around, but all of a sudden there were sleepovers with Emerald and her BARELY being there was Julian *spoiler* was in the hospital and it just seems strange. I know some parents don’t like to smother children but parents disappearing in YOUNG ADULT books where the kids are still living at home and are dependent seems VAGUE? Like is it REALLY allowed to happen, or are parents conveniently erased from the storyline? A List of Cages is a mark above the rest it ALL aspects. A Beautiful, Heart-wrenching tale from a great new writer. 4 stars.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. When I decided to read this book, I hadn't seen anything about it. The description looked compelling so I took a chance on it. I made a very good decision because this book ended up not only being one that I couldn't put down but one that I couldn't stop thinking about long after reading the final page. The story is both heartbreaking and hopeful with characters you want to spend as much time with as possible. This was an incredibly well told story. Adam is the kind of kid that seems to have everything going for him. He has a great relationship with his mother and a very good home life. He has a tight group of friends that he cares about. He is a senior in high school and he is doing great in school. Adam seems to know just the right thing to say and sometimes can even make things better by offering up a quick smile at just the right time. Adam does have to deal with his ADHD but he has things generally under control. Julian has had to deal with a lot in his life. His parents both died in a car crash when he was very young. He actually spent some time in the foster system and lived with Adam and his mother for a period of time. Julian moved in with his uncle years ago and as far as everyone knows everything is fine at home. But everything is not fine at home. Not by a lot. To make matters worse, Julian has no friends and is often teased and bullied at school. When Adam sees Julian at school and they reconnect, Julian is eager to be around someone that actually wants him around. This wasn't really an easy story to read. My heart broke so many times while I read this book. I felt like I was there with Julian every time somebody said something mean to him and I was there with him at his house with his uncle. I also felt Adam's uncertainty regarding what was the right thing to do. Adam's determination to be there for his friend no matter what was equally powerful. The truly sad part of this book is that these kind of stories aren't too different than what really happens to some teens. This book was wonderfully written. I honestly put the book down once to sleep and then picked it back up again and couldn't put it down until I was done. I loved the characters. Adam and Julian were wonderful but there was a whole cast of people in this book that each added something worthwhile to the story. Some scenes were intense and the way that they were written made them seem so incredibly real and vivid. I would highly recommend this book to others. I think that this is a book that needs to find its way into everyone's hands. I cannot remember the last time that I was as emotionally involved in a book as I was with this one. It was really that good. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Disney Book Group via NetGalley.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
A List of Cages is beautifully written, telling the story of two boys whose lives have crossed once again. Their lives have intersected at times of pain and sorrow, but it is their unlikely friendship that changes both of their lives. This is a novel that will stick with you for a very long time, one that gives you all of the feels from the very first page. It is a sad yet beautiful story that really resonated with me. There were some moments as I read when I just felt like my heart would break. The story told was often not a happy one, but it is a powerful one and one that is all too real for too many people. Roe writes it with a brush of reality that makes the story that much more important and relevant. What I enjoyed most with the depth of the story. There was a variety of important issues woven into the story and those were presented with all of the rawness that is their reality. The value of family and friends. Dealing with ADHD. The reality of the foster system. The loss of family and loved ones. Child abuse. All of these things exist and I loved that the author didn't shy away from addressing the darker aspects of reality. This is a powerful and important read that I would recommend for everyone, young adults and adults alike.