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 81%
funny 54%
hopeful 36%
informative 36%
reflective 27%
inspiring 18%
lighthearted 18%
sad 18%
challenging 9%
dark 9%
relaxing 9%


fast 63%
medium 36%

Strong character development?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 10%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 18%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 72% | No: 18% | It's complicated: 9%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 90% | N/A: 10%

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