Audiobook Review: A List of Cages by Robin Roe

February 12, 2017

A List of Cages
Author: Robin Roe
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release date: January 10, 2017
My Rating:

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 kindhearted. 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…

I have been excited to read this novel, especially since I was hearing such great things about it. And I thought why not have it be my first audiobook of 2017. Well I can most definitely say that this book has more than met my expectations. It's emotional, compelling, silently powerful, and within the center of it all, it shows us just how strong and important the bonds of friendship are. I can honestly see why it has been getting such wonderful reviews. It's just one of those books that hit straight to the heart.

You may not want to wear mascara...


This story is told from two perspectives, Adam and Julian.  I loved getting both of the boy's inner thoughts, but I must admit that sometimes it was pretty dispiriting, especially with Julian, who I want to hold and protect forever. Robin gives these characters sincere humility, heartbreaking vulnerbility, honesty, and courage. The narration of this audiobook was done very well and i literally had my ipod glued to my side for three days.  Aside from my tears, by the end I was left feeling happy and hopeful for for these characters.


  1. I have heard so many praises for this one I'm putting it on my TBR. So glad you loved it!

  2. EVERYONE is talking about this book!!! I am so excited to read it. Although I'm a little scared of how much I may cry.

    Great Review Jess <3

    Cody @ Literary-ly Obsessed

    1. Thanks, Cody! It is quite a tear jerker, but defintely worth the read. :)

  3. Ok, from what you and the other comments are saying, I think I must've been living under a rock, because I haven't heard about this! It sounds really adorable and sweet, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Lipstick and Mocha

    1. It's a great book. It sometimes takes me forever to hear of a book sometimes. Lol!