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    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.
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    Amazing. Everyone needs to read this.

    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. As you can tell, 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!
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    This book was simultaneously heart wrenching and heart warming. I will continue the trend and say it was AMAZING

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