Book review: Words on Bathroom Walls, by Julia Walton

Walton, Julia. Words on Bathroom Walls. Random House, 2017. 304p. $17.99. ISBN: 978-0399550881. Gr. 8-12. P7 Q8

This book reminds me a lot of Neil Shusterman’s Challenger Deep, mostly because the lead characters are going through the same sort of schizophrenic struggles.  However, this book is a lot more humorous and easier to read because Adam, the main character, is very sarcastic and funny. There are unfortunately a lot of clichés in this book that make it not so great: the popular kids, bullies, hot guys, sexy chicks and shallow characters.  Of course, a lot of that is due to the fact that the whole story is told through Adam’s journal entries, so it’s a lot of teenage prattle and wanting people to relate to HIM, so it’s forgivable.  What is wonderful is that the author doesn’t stereotype Adam; there’s no miracle, cure-all drug for his schizophrenia. The big thing that bothered me about this book is that I found myself eating WAY too much when Adam takes up cooking to help him deal. The story is just that real.

April 2018 review by NHS student.

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