A wonderful book. I didn‘t want to put it down.
A wonderful book. I didn‘t want to put it down.
I really loved this one and read it every second I could. The first person narrative in the form of letters to Adam's therapist made him a real and vulnerable character. Walton's descriptions of Adam's schizophrenic hallucinations were vivid and vibrant, and although this was a serious subject, there were several laugh-out-loud moments. I also appreciated that the love interest, Maya, wasn't a caricature and was more than just "nerdy" or "pretty".
On a reading marathon this week! Now starting Words on Bathroom Walls which features a main character that struggles with schizophrenia, but is trying not to be defined by the mental illness.
This one was really really good guys! I got it in an Uppercase Box awhile back now and kept overlooking it. I‘m so glad I finally picked it up. Told in journal entries to his therapist, it chronicles the life of a teenager with schizophrenia. I may or may not have cried my way through the last five chapters. 5⭐️
There were so many memorable quotes from this book!! It‘s told from the mind of a schizophrenic boy who is put on different drug regimens. We see him struggling with his own reality - HIS normal - and trying to conform into what society considers normal, such as falling in love, being bullied by the “popular kids who come from money”, etc. Would definitely recommend for anyone to read.
Loved this! ❤
Funny, honest and very eye opening. A brilliant story about a teenage boys struggles with schizophrenia.
Some of the things Adam said were just fantastic!
"The important thing about being crazy is knowing that you're crazy. The knowing part makes you less crazy."
"J.K. Rowling is a fucking genius. Anyone who doesn't think so is crazy."
Wow! I don't even know where to start with reviewing this book. I feel like this is an important book bringing awareness of metal illnesses. Adam is in high school and has just been diagnosed with being paranoid schizophrenic. He is learning to live with it. But he doesn't what the people at his new high school to know about his illness. But when he meets Maya he starts to have feeling for her but doesn't want her to know. Such a powerful read!
I expected to like this book, but I did not expect all the feels. First of all, it was so nice having a young adult novel written in the male voice. But on top of that, there are so many quotes you can pick out that don't just apply to people with mental illnesses; you could adapt it to any marginalised or oppressed group and it would ring true. I loved it, and I totally didn't cry.
I related to a lot in this book. So many good lines about mental health. Adam was such a great character to get to know, and I love how he says what comes to mind, without a filter. I feel like Ian could‘ve had more backstory and development, and maybe he was struggling with his own stuff as well. Overall great book, I won‘t forget this one!
3/5. this was really interesting, and i think it‘s important to read books about other kinds of mental illnesses like schizophrenia. i liked it and thought that the character was well-written and funny, but i just didn‘t love it for no particular reason. if i had bought this book, i probably would have donated it later on.
1. Cleaning the bathroom
2. I know men who cook but they don't cook for me😔
3. Definitely more time!
4. 3 hours tops. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.
7. No, not recently.
8. I read Carrie and Christine in the 1980s. That was enough Stephen King for me😲
I feel the way about this as I did about Nic Stone‘s “Dear Martin,” except this time the issue is mental illness, not racism. Just...read this, y‘all. It‘s honest and unflinching and funny but poignant. (It kind of had me at “Catholics celebrate weird shit,” to be honest.) #wordsonbathroomwalls #juliawalton
Sure loved Words on Bathroom Walls. It is laugh out loud funny, as well as heartwarming, and with a main character that is whip smart.
Full review here: https://paperbackpropensity.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/review-words-on-bathroom-wa...
This came in my first Uppercase book in July, at first I was like hmmmm I thought I was getting some YA fantasy. But instead is a beautiful novel, told in diary form by Adam, to his doctor that he refuses to talk to. Adam has schizophrenia and is part of a drug study- he goes to a new school (private Catholic hs, like I did so I laughed pretty hard at the redic parts of that educational experience!) Funny, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful book
This past month's Uppercase Book Box had some beautiful and amazing things included.
This month's book was Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton. I binge read this book, and it was truly heartwarming and I loved every single second of it!
Overall, I give this month's box five stars!
"Words on Bathroom Walls" by Julia Walton.
Walton's novel about a schizophrenic 16-year-old named Adam was not my favourite. It was an enjoyable and entertaining read but had a loose plot-line. It's formatting is of Adam writing letters to his therapist and sets over the course of 1 year with Adam taking an experimental drug to help his schizophrenia.
Definitely marketed to a mature young audience.
Another #uppercase pick that I loved. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it since it was about a boy with schizophrenia and the last book I read with that subject matter was Made You Up, which I was extremely disappointed in. I enjoyed this one a lot though, and I appreciated the more positive attitude towards therapy in a YA book. Also, I loved his friend Dwight. 😊
Billiam loves getting in my pictures 😂 #catsoflitsy
Arc: thanks to @EmilyChristine. This one hits close to home as my late sister was schizophrenic and I work in the mental health field. Cannot wait to dive into this one!