Monday, December 18, 2017

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton - OPTIONAL

Walton, Julia Words on Bathroom Walls. 288 pages. Random House 2017. $18.  Language: R (95 swears, 5 ‘f’) Mature Content: PG-13 (Semi- graphic depiction of sex, frank sexual discussions, and an in depth look at mental illness) Violence: PG (One instance of mild violence) 

Adam is just trying to get through high school with minimal drama. He wants to go to homecoming, have friends, and spend time with Maya, a girl who’s become his closest friend and maybe something more. There’s just one problem. Adam is dealing with experimenting on a new drug trial to help him with his schizophrenia and the one thing most important to him is that Maya never finds out, even though all he wants is for her to understand and accept him for who he is.  

Words on Bathroom Walls has a premise that has not been uncommon in the young adult genre as of late, but the execution is what makes it stand out in the sea of contemporaries that have come out recently. From the intriguing second person narrative, the humorous and complex voice of Adam, to the empathetic look at living with mental illness, this book sets itself apart and manages to stay engaging throughout the whole of it. 


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