Julia Walton received an 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 with her husband and daughter in Huntington Beach, CA. Follow her on Twitter at @JWaltonwrites.
An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
2018 Kansas National Education Association Reading Circle Catalog Selection
A CBC's 2018 Teen Choice Book Awards Nominee
2019 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee "Echoing the premise and structure of Flowers for Algernon, this frank and inspiring novel shows how a teen's life changes after he is given an experimental medication to treat symptoms of schizophrenia."
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "Walton has crafted a character with unparalleled likability, a boy whose endearing, witty, introspective commentary allows readers to get inside the head of a person with a debilitating mental illness. . . . Highly recommended."
--SLJ "Like Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower, Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story, and Shusterman's Challenger Deep, Adam struggles with the 'regular' challenges of being a teen . . . as well as the injustice of a life complicated by mental illness."
--VOYA "Adam is hilarious and infinitely lovable, and the ending is hopeful and realistic rather than happily-ever-after and contrived."
--The Hub, YALSA
"Imaginative writing and beautiful storytelling make this book an upbeat tale, but the message [of acceptance] is still driven home."
--VOYA, Teen Reviewer
"A welcome novel that doesn't treat schizophrenia as an unavoidable sentence of doom and that allots friendship and romance equal weight with mental illness."
--Kirkus Reviews "Adam's witty voice will resonate. . . . Walton does a brilliant job of giving a voice to a population that is often silenced."