Review: Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

This is an eARC I got from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Go to my disclosure and review policies for more info.

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.

Wow, just wow.

This book was really thought provoking. I feel this is a very important book to read because it deals with the tough issues.

It’s hard for people to talk about mental health in our society. So for Julia Walton to write this amazing story about it without doing something horribly wrong or encouraging stereotypes… I applaud her. But this book really looked at what’s wrong with our society and why mental health needs to talked about.

The way Adam’s class mates view people with schizophrenia is very damaging – and the worst part is it’s just a reflection of real life.

We can all, on some level, understand his reluctance to tell Maya about his condition and understand his fear of being rejected – becoming an outcast.

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There’s even some diversity. Maya is Fillipino. And while it’s not that important to the story it’s nice to see some non-white MCs.

Another great thing…

While this book was a romance, it wasn’t the soppy lovey-dovey stuff (which, frankly, I’m sick of seeing in YA 😒).

And Adam was a very entertaining narrator. I loved the way is written! It’s in the format of a diary to his therapist. It was quite amusing at times.

Final thoughts

This book should be read be everyone and you’ll leave with a new understanding of things.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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