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Book Review: Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton


Title: Words on Bathroom Walls

Author: Julia Walton

Publisher: Random House Publishing

Publication Date: July 4th, 2017

Genre:  Mental Illness, YA, Contemporary

Format: Review e-copy

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars




Adam is a Schizophrenic teenage boy, who is going to start a new experimental drug therapy in hopes of improving the quality of his life. If he were Harry Potter, then hearing voices and having Hallucination wouldn’t have been considered as a mental illness. But this isn’t Hogwarts, and life can’t be won by shaking a wand, and casting a fancy spell.

He is going to a new school where none of his classmates know about the illness; as well as, having a new therapist who has an interesting way of making Adam talk to him. Did I say talk? I meant write letters to his therapist.

Julia Walton nailed her debut YA novel with this slick depiction of  Adam's battle with schizophrenia!

The way the chapters were designed in this book is really unique. We get to read Adam’s diary entries to his physiatrist; as well as, the Drs comments on Adam’s illness.

I really appreciated how the characters were built. Especially with Adam, he is not the charming, sweet, perfect teenage boy who exits in most YA novels. He is probably the closest thing that I have ever read in a book that actually represents a teenage boy.

The lie that Disney has been spreading for decades on how true love can conquer anything isn’t a part of the story. Adam doesn’t magically get cured when he falls in love. Having a loved one to support you and understand the kind of shit that you go through is best thing ever, and if there is a moral behind this book, it is definitely this.

I think this is a book that should be added to school curriculums. Everyone, no matter how old they are, from parents, to friends, and every single member of this society, will learn something important. 

Also, the Harry Potter Integration/ references were truly appreciated!!

I absolutely enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait to see what Julia is going to write next.

I received an e-ARC of Words on Bathroom Walls from the publisher, in exchange with an honest review.


About the Author:

JULIA WALTON received her MFA in creative writing from Chapman University. When she’s not reading or baking cookies, she’s indulging in her profound love of Swedish Fish, mechanical pencils, and hobbit-sized breakfasts. Julia lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband and daughter. Follow her on Twitter at @Jwaltonwrites.


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