Author: Patrick Ness
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Pages: 287, paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary, LGBTQ+
Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…
Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.
Ever since I first heard about this book, I was massively excited to read it. As is pretty much 100% of the bookish community. So you can imagine how totally over the moon I was when my sister received an ARC of Release from the bookstore she works for, and so I was able to read it last week as part of the SundayYAthon.
Although, I have a confession to make: this is the first book I have read by Patrick Ness. I know, I’m a terribly person and a shoddy reader – I’ve had his books on my TBR for too long now, and just not gotten around to any of them! So this was my first impression of a Patrick Ness book, and let me tell you: it was stunning.
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