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Words on Bathroom Walls
Words on Bathroom Walls | Julia Walton
Fans of More Happy Than Not, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story will cheer for Adam as he struggles with schizophrenia in this brilliantly honest and unexpectedly funny debut. Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't. Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret. "A brutal, beautiful book that sits right beside The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I'll Give You the Sun." --Jennifer Longo, author of Up to This Pointe "This book reminds me of A Monster Calls. I saved the final twenty pages for the next day because I didn't want Adam's story to end." --Peter Brown Hoffmeister, author of This Is the Part Where You Laugh From the Hardcover edition.
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victoriachille
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A wonderful book. I didn‘t want to put it down.

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Kaylamburson
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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".

TheBookKeepers I‘ve been considering reading this with my book club. Do you think it‘d make a good book club pick? Or a better “read alone” type book? 2mo
Kaylamburson Hmm good question. I think you'll have a lot to discuss regarding mental health & our system today, in addition to how those afflicted are viewed by society. There's a slight religious aspect (attends a Catholic school), but there might be some moments that could be viewed offensively by a strong catholic. At the end, I didn't feel a strong need to discuss it like I do with some books, but it'd be easy to have a full conversation. @TheBookKeepers 2mo
TheBookKeepers Thanks, that‘s very helpful! 2mo
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Kaylamburson
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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.

suzie.reads I loved this! 😍 2mo
Kaylamburson Oh good! I had never heard of it, but came across it when browsing aimlessly, and I was just talking to my roommate about schizophrenic characters. @suzie.reads 2mo
Kaylamburson I just finished it and loved it, too! @suzie.reads 2mo
suzie.reads Glad you enjoyed it 😊 2mo
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kristinaa

i just wish this book had a bigger following. it really deserves one.

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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⭐️

Soubhiville Stacked! Thanks for the recommendation, it sounds good. 3mo
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christinehk
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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.

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suzie.reads
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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."

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Lovesbooks87 It was so good! They are making it into a movie! 4mo
suzie.reads @Lovesbooks87 I know can't wait for that 😁 4mo
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Lovesbooks87
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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!

Book_Lover95 Is this a series or a stand alone book? 4mo
Lovesbooks87 @Book_Lover95 it was s standalone. 4mo
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Tfindley21
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“Most people are afraid of themselves, Adam. They carry that fear everywhere hoping no one will notice.”

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startwithgivens
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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.

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startwithgivens
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Right now, my son needs me to protect him from narrow-minded people motivated by fear.

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startwithgivens
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Nobody gives a shit about feelings. They are useless , pathetic wastes of time for believers in astrology and unicorns.

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startwithgivens
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As serious of a topic as this book addresses, I'm finding it rather humorous.

"My daddy done left me."

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Avis
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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!

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Avis

We should just look at [the art]. And that‘s it. We shouldn‘t pretend we understand.

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janehreads
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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.

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PacingTheCage
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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.
5. Display????
6. 6
7. No, not recently.
8. I read Carrie and Christine in the 1980s. That was enough Stephen King for me😲
#saturdaynightspecial @Kaye

Kaye Wow, @dltpacngthecage ...3 hours for Garden Spells is quite a good clip. It‘s not a skinny book. Must‘ve been very good ! 1y
PacingTheCage @Kaye I couldn't put it down. It was that awesome. I think I carried the book everywhere: coffee fill-up, bathroom break, etc. Pretty sure I didn't eat until I was done either. I love that book! 1y
Kaye Sounds great. I haven‘t read anything by that author. I‘ll have to try it ! 1y
PacingTheCage @Kaye Awesome! I just found out last year that she went to college where my niece is currently enrolled, UNC-Asheville. They had all of her books there. I've read a few more by her. She's enthralling IMO. 1y
Kaye Well that gives her another star ⭐️. I love Southern writers. Thank you ! 1y
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MysticRaven03
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It‘s a snow day! ❄️❄️❄️ Since work was cancelled today I‘m taking full advantage. I‘ve already finished one book today and hoping to finish this one today as well 😊 Life is good

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actualdisneyprincess
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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

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actualdisneyprincess
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I‘m going to start insisting that people refer to me as an angry hummingbird. Because that‘s...really pretty accurate. 😂 (In other news, I think I love this book already.) #wordsonbathroomwalls #juliawalton

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actualdisneyprincess
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Going to try to knock another shortish book off the Neverending Library Pile before tomorrow, so that I can maybe finish a third by the time the workday is over. A girl can dream, right? #wordsonbathroomwalls #juliawalton

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BrandiFolsom
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The end of finals = time to read. So far, so good.

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KuehlerBookStop
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I can‘t tell if this book is going to make me laugh or cry. And I‘m really nervous about that...

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Foragingfantasy
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#litsypenpals are the best!! Thank you @elkeo 😊

TrishB They are 😀 2y
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Paperback.Propensity
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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...

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Paperback.Propensity
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Look what I just got in the mail!
I think I am too excited to start reading it yet.

Jess7 I like the cover! 2y
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Michelle_mck
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Awesome happy mail from my #litsypenpal @katekrug only way I will ever get an Uppercase box so thank you Kate 😍 the cute Alice socks are already on my feet! Will post something to you Monday ❤️

kate_reads Yay! You got it 😊 2y
Michelle_mck @katekrug thank you so much! Was the best treat after a long week 👍🏻😊 2y
Robothugs Aww that's so sweet! 😊 2y
kspenmoll I was paired with you for penpal2 but did not respond due to traveling...did you want another pen pal or was my timing off? I see you have one! 😃 2y
Michelle_mck @kspenmoll I had not seen our match I'm so sorry! Really excited will email you now 2y
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Megaled
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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

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AnnieReads
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Fantastic read!! A teenager struggling with schizophrenia.

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fab_books22
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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!

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Carlyslibrary
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Day 5 of #booksacrossoceans is signed books and since this is my only one here it is!

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brook.llyn
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Mehso-so

"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.

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

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MatildaBaggins
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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

AceOnRoam Your kitty is gorgeous 🐱 2y
ScientistSam Love your 🐈! 2y
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TichBrewster
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I really love this cover. Can't wait to read it.
#BooksInMyMailbox #BooksMakeMeHappy #ReaderLife

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Teenreadsdotcom
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This is what our reviewer had to say about #WordsonBathroomWalls by @jwaltonwrites "Combining a mix of darkness, humor and romance is difficult to master, but Walton does it excellently....WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS is a must-read, and I can‘t wait to see what Julia Walton delivers in her next book."

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Escape_reality18
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I enjoyed this book so much. It was funny, heartwarming, and overall a joy to read.

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Fantasyfan
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@EclecticReaders #ERMadlibs. It came today!! So excited to read this book! Thank you!

Ruri_kaichou Yay! Congrats again! And I love that bag! 🎉🎉😍 2y
EclecticReaders Hooray!! Enjoy 😃 2y
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Fullmetalmarshmallow
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July #UppercaseBox! It came with a signed copy of Words on Bathroom Walls, Alice in Wonderland socks, a quote print, a post card, and an adorable cat sticker!

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Mccall0113
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Adam, I get you!

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Mccall0113
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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!

EmilyChristine Oh good! I'm glad you're interested in that one. I thought it looked good too. 2y
Mccall0113 My work keys are pictured. I work on a locked mental health unit. I still have a key for the old leather restraints that are no longer in use! 2y
Mimi28 My mom was a mental health tech for 37 years. She has always treated my mental illness and quirkiness with respect and understanding. Her family just wanted to beat the weirdness out of me. Anywhoo, I bet you two could swap some great stories... ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Mimi28 Oooohh!!! I just read the description!! Stacked!!! 😊❤️📚 2y
Mccall0113 @Mimi28 well, my first patient of the night eats poop. Then I had to do an evaluation at the county jail. So it's not boring! 2y
Mimi28 Yikes!! My mom had patients who swallowed foreign objects but nothing like that- that she has told me about anyway. Be safe!! ❤️❤️ 2y
Kaylamburson This sounds so good!! Schizophrenia was the most interesting mental health illness during psychology class, so I'm always looking for more centered around the subject. 2y
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TorieStorieS
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Great YA novel dealing with mental illness- heartwarming and also shockingly funny! #VacationReads

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AwkwardlyAlive
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Diving into this one next! I'm a sucker for a book with #schizophrenia. @penguinrandomhouse

Hooked_on_books Pretty dog! 🐶💙 3y
Paperback.Propensity How was it? 2y
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