Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton -July, 4, 2017

This is one of the best YA novels I’ve read this year!

Told in the first person, it’s an account of Adam’s life, a sixteen year old, high school senior who is diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The book is his account of the effect of the experimental drug he is taking and since he cannot speak to his therapist, he writes down his experiences, feelings and he’s brutally honest about what it means to live with Schizophrenia.

I loved the prose, mainly because the story is in the form of a diary.
I also identified with his list of the 6 things that bother him, and top on his list is my ultimate too: When people borrow my books and dog-ear pages.

Adam moves to a new Catholic school and he is afraid of how people would react to the fact that he has Schizophrenia and that he hallucinates most of the time.

It’s more like he’s constantly saying:


It is this fear, that makes it hard for him to tell his girlfriend, Maya, about his condition, and being that they are high school, anything and everything goes against him and his take on the breakdown is In a lot of ways, she’s the thing that keeps me sane.

The thing that made me empathize with Adam was the tone of the book. It is a first hand account of a teenager who is diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The narrator, Adam, also has a very loving and understanding family who go out of their way to protect him from the prejudice of those who do not understand him. The fact that his step-father, Paul’s, an attorney, brought out the importance of people understanding and using the law in favor of everyone, especially those diagnosed with a mental illness.

However, I wonder, how tragic this book would have been if Adam’s mother was single and could not make ends meet, what angle and tone would it take? I reckon, it’d reflect the tragedy and misery caused not by mental illness but by prejudice against those who are mentally ill.

Thank you: NetGalley for this insight into Schizophrenia, it took me back to my Psych lessons on Abnormal Psychology, with Dr. Joe Omolo telling us that everyone is crazy, it’s just that some have to live with the fact every second of their life!

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