Words on Bathroom Walls

Julia Walton

fiction contemporary young adult
emotional reflective medium-paced

304 pages | first published 2017

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.

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emotional 82%
funny 47%
informative 47%
hopeful 29%
inspiring 23%
lighthearted 23%
reflective 23%
relaxing 11%
sad 11%
challenging 5%
dark 5%


fast 58%
medium 41%

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Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 12%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 70% | No: 17% | It's complicated: 11%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 6%

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