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Book of the Month for May 2018 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 |In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power of release | A gripping, soulful novel about a life-changing day, which will surely change the lives of those who read it.
"Where on earth had this day come from? And where was it headed?" remarks 17 year-old Adam as a single day unfurls wave after wave of shattering disruption: first a revelation from his brother, next an ultimatum from his foul boss, then a destabilising announcement from his beloved best friend. And alongside Adam's unraveling, there’s the mesmerising narrative of the ghost of a murdered girl who’s risen from a lake in search of release.
Partly modeled on two of the author’s most admired books (Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever), with this remarkable novel Ness once again demonstrates his profound understanding of the complexities of being a young adult, and of the human condition more generally. Adam’s story is pinpricked with truly nerve-touching moments, perhaps most poignantly between him and the overbearing father he fears coming-out to. At one point his dad reveals that he wishes Adam could be honest with him, and then Adam begins to let go. While revealing truths can be excruciatingly painful, doing so might also bring refreshing, life-affirming release. Heartbreaking, intense and acutely honest, this novel casts a subtle spell of hope.
The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake... This uplifting coming-of-age novel will remind you what it's like to fall in love.
Closing date: 01/11/2020
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
Incredibly personal and emotive, ‘Release’ details a heart-breaking day in the life of Adam Thorn. Beautifully written with characters that come to life, everything you'd expect from Patrick Ness. Full review
A powerful, poignant punch of a book ... Raw, intense and moving, this is a book that draws the reader in, one they won’t want to be released from. Fans of Patrick Ness will not be disappointed. Full review
Tackling a range of important topics such as sexuality, drugs, expression, rape, religion, sex and being who you want to be, this novel is simply unique. Full review
‘Release’ is compelling and addictive; I was completely swept up in this pivotal day in Adam's life, reluctant to put the book down. This story will definitely stay with me for a long time. Full review
Because of the protagonist that Patrick Ness fashioned, Adam Thorn, and his relatable nature, the book is a must read for all those interested in LGBT teenage literature. Full review
‘Release’ is such a poignant, intimate story. It is a beautiful story, written in a beautiful way. Full review
Publication date: 01/05/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Publication date: 04/05/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
|Publication date:||1st May 2018|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books,|
|Categories:||Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage), General fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California. His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American ...More About Patrick Ness