Today I’ll be reviewing ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ by Julia Walton. Let me first start off by saying that this book was amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something new to read! Also, I’m not good at writing book reviews in any way, but it’s fun for me, so whatevs.
Here we go!
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.
I am very impressed with this book! I was afraid it was going to turn into just another cheesy young adult love story, with some wonky ideas about mental illness, but it was so much more than that. I don’t know much at all about schizophrenia, but I feel like this gave me a pretty good look at it. I loved the way Adam narrated the story through his journal entries to his therapist (that he didn’t want to see or speak to at first). I also loved that we got to know some of his hallucinations almost as well as other supporting characters.
Adam is very expressive and he definitely doesn’t hold back on his thoughts and opinions, oftentimes assuming things about his therapist/the reader, which is quite funny to read. He often refers to himself as ‘crazy’ which is humorous in a way that makes you think he’s comfortable with himself despite the fact that he has this illness that has no known cure. With the help of the medication Adam is taking, he is able to distinguish what is real versus what is not real, which is what helps Adam love a relatively normal life – up until it stops working correctly, that is.
I like that the main relationship in this book, between Adam and Maya seems like what a normal, healthy (aside from the fact that he’s keeping his disorder from her) high school relationship. They do normal things, and talk to each other like normal high school kids, and I think that’s really important especially nowadays with everyone romanticizing the whole ‘cute but psycho’ nonsense.
So, I’m gonna give this book a solid 5/5 rating. I really loved it and I think a lot of people will get something out of it!
When you love somebody, you try to be better.
The important thing about being crazy is knowing that you’re crazy. The knowing part makes you less crazy.
I like how people only tell you not to worry about stuff when it’s something they don’t care about.
It’s a very strange reality when you can’t trust yourself. There’s no foundation for anything.
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