REVIEW: Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
SYNOPSIS: 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.
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health
RATING: ★★★★★ / 5 Well Deserved Stars!
REVIEW: I feel like there have been a slew of Young Adult books lately that all have something to do with Mental Illness. There's nothing wrong with that, just noting that it's a really popular subject at the moment, and with so many to choose from and read, I have become incredibly particular and picky in this sub-genre. So when I say that I loved WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS and easily gave it 5 stars, I hope you can understand just how much I enjoyed this book and how high a rating that really is.
I should probably say that I'm picky with all Young Adult books. I enjoy a lot of them but rarely do I find them near perfect. For me, it's writing first and subject matter second (with all books). I can dislike the general theme and storyline of a book, but if it's well written I can always see the merit in it and want to check out what else an author has written. Julia Walton has succeeded on both accounts, easily. WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS is just incredibly well written. It's smart and funny and poignant. And it also doesn't go over the top. There is the expected inner turmoil and health issues but there is also a lot of external forces and circumstances to deal with. And it's not all about Adam. Even with a first person account, you can feel and sympathize with the other characters around him. I loved these characters.
I thought the way the story was told was also incredibly effective and brilliant. I didn't know going into the book that it's told through diary-like entries to Adam's doctor. There are never an responses, it's just Adam's tale of what is happening to him on a daily basis during the drug trial. I was skeptical of this method at first but that was quickly put to rest by the amazing writing.
Overall, it's just a dang good book, and I highly recommend it.
REVIEW by The Literary Llama