Hey y’all, it’s time for another book review. I originally found out about Words on Bathroom Walls through Kat’s blog, but not as the book itself. It was actually in her “Trailers you might have missed” series because this book is getting a movie adaptation!
I hadn’t heard about the book beforehand but when I saw it was about a main character with Schizophrenia, I knew I needed to read it. If you’re new here, you might not know about my passion for destigmatizing mental illness. I’m a Psychology major because I love learning about the inner workings of the human mind. It’s okay to seek help when your brain isn’t working in the same way it used to.
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.
This is such a good book! I read it during that readathon and it was perfect because I couldn’t put it down… or stop listening. I got the audiobook from my library with the CloudLibrary app. I truly do love that app.
When I saw the movie trailer, I worried that the whole focus of the story would be the romance. Thankfully, we get a really good look into Adam’s head and his life. There was a really good balance between showing the schizophrenia representation, the romance, and everything else that was going on in Adam’s life. The character development was really well done and I just want the best for Adam and Maya.
The schizophrenia rep was really well done and integrated into the story so well. I liked the way it was more realistic in terms of how having a mental illness can complicate relationships. We also see how it affects his family dynamics.
The narration style was so good! I really liked the narrator for the audiobook and the format of the story was really cool. It was basically told in a diary format with Adam writing about his life and what’s going on as part of his therapy. It’s especially interesting having the story take place in his own mind as he wants the drug to work so much that he sometimes ignores the negative affects.
The Not so Good
Honestly, I can’t think of anything. I loved this story but I do want to point out that this isn’t Own Voices. That being said, the author definitely did her research. I’ve learned about Schizophrenia in several of my classes and the Abnormal Psychology course I took this past summer went in-depth on Schizophrenia. I personally think this story was accurate and honest in its portrayal of Schizophrenia.
All in All
Words on Bathroom Walls is a wonderfully told story and I’m looking forward to the movie adaptation. If you’re looking for a book with mental illness rep and a main character that doesn’t take himself too seriously, then I’d definitely suggest picking this one up.