Words on Bathroom Walls

Words on Bathroom Walls

eBook - 2017
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Random House, Inc.
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Fans of More Happy Than Not and The Perks of Being a Wallflower will cheer for Adam in this uplifting and surprisingly funny story of a boy living with schizophrenia.

When you can't trust your mind, trust your heart.


Adam is a pretty regular teen, except he's navigating high school life while living with paranoid schizophrenia. His hallucinations include a cast of characters that range from the good (beautiful Rebecca) to the bad (angry Mob Boss) to the just plain weird (polite naked guy).
An experimental drug promises to help him hide his illness from the world. When Adam meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the normal, great guy that she thinks he is. But as the miracle drug begins to fail, how long can he keep this secret from the girl of his dreams?

An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults * A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year * 2018 Kansas National Education Association Reading Circle Catalog Selection * 2019 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee * A CBC's 2018 Teen Choice Book Awards Nominee

"Echoing the premise and structure of Flowers for Algernon, this frank and inspiring novel shows how a teen’s life changes after he is given an experimental medication to treat symptoms of schizophrenia."
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"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


"Despite heavy subject matter, Adam is hilarious and infinitely lovable, and the ending is hopeful and realistic rather than happily-ever-after and contrived."
--The Hub, YALSA

Baker & Taylor
Diagnosed with severe schizophrenia that causes him to see and hear people who are not there, Adam begins a drug trial to help him with his hallucinations at the same time he falls in love with an intelligent girl that he wants to prevent from discovering his secret. Simultaneous eBook.

Publisher: Random House Childrens Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9780399550904
0399550909
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton, is a great book in which its conflict and characters overshadows its familiar story. This book stars a schizophrenic teen named Adam who goes to St. Agatha’s High School, where he meets a girl named Maya, whom he saved from drowning and starts a relationship with. Adam doesn’t want to reveal his mental illness to Maya, because he’s scared that secret would hurt her relationship with him, and tries to cover it up. First, what I dislike about the book is that its story has been similar to what has been done before, with the protagonist wanting to keep a secret from close ones at all costs. However, I liked the drive behind it: Adam just wants to be known as a normal kid. I like that Adam himself is a complex, but likeable character; he likes making people happy and does noble deeds, but he makes mistakes from time to time as well. The conflict Adam has with himself, over keeping his mental illness a secret is well-written and the people Adam hallucinates and interacts with as a symbol throughout the book represent Adam’s thoughts and feelings, adding to the conflict. The side-conflict Adam and his friends have with the antagonist, Ian, is interesting as well, with his ulterior motives being revealed through actions and hidden meanings in his words. I recommend this book to anyone willing to overlook the formulaic story to be hooked by the character drama.

- A.M.

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