Release by Patrick NessRelease by Patrick Ness


byPatrick Ness

Hardcover | September 19, 2017

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Inspired by Judy Blume’s Forever and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, this novel that Andrew Smith calls “beautiful, enchanting, [and] exquisitely written” is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance—and what happens when the walls we build start coming down. A Kirkus Best Book of 2017!

Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release.

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.

Patrick Ness is the author of nine novels, including his New York Times bestselling novel The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, and A Monster Calls, which was made into a major motion picture with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick himself. He is also the creator and writer of Class, a Doctor Who spi...
Title:ReleaseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.97 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062403192

ISBN - 13:9780062403193


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow "This anger, he thought. This tedious, endless anger. Was that all there was ever going to be? Would it just twist him and twist him, obliterating everything else so he lost the ability to know when he should be angry because that was all there ever was?" Release takes place within a day, and follows the story of two people. On one side, you follow Adam, a gay teen with a homophobic family who's trying to get to a party for his ex, over whom he never truly got over. On the other side, you follow a ghost that goes on some kind of quest. But really, this book is much more than that. I just can't tell you anything else without spoiling something important. Wow. Just... Wow. I already knew that Patrick Ness was one of my favourite authors after reading More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here, and this book only managed to set that fact in stone. I managed to read this book within 24 hours, which almost never happens for me, because I simply never wanted to put it down (though I eventually had to because, well, sleep). The plot was fascinating, the main characters oh so loveable, and all I wanted was to find out more and more about them and what was going to happen next. I know some people had difficulties with the ghost aspect of the story, but I personally thoroughly enjoyed it, though I did prefer following Adam's side of the story. Adam and the ghost honestly stole my heart, and I don't know if they'll ever give it back. I just... It's difficult to put into words how much I loved this book, because wow. I definitely recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Decent book. Could've been more interesting though
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow You can seriously never go wrong with Patrick Ness. This book is so emotional and real
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Patrick Ness never ceases to amaze with his beautiful writing and storyline!
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Such an inspiring and interesting read, simply could not put it down! Great job!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I will admit, I initially thought to myself "this is a 4.5 star book," but I just couldn't do it. The more I think about it the better it gets
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has the potential to change lives. I will admit, I initially thought to myself "this is a 4.5 star book," but I just couldn't do it. The more I think about it the better it gets. I knew going in I was going to like it, because duh, it's Patrick Ness. I've read seven other books my him and loved them all. I didn't quite understand the magical bits thrown in, but I still enjoyed how it broke up the story. I think when all is said and done, this is an immensely important story about choosing your own family and learning that everyone deserves to be loved. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this 'day in the life' novel! There are two things that are happening here. In one, seventeen-year-old Adam grapples with a day that changes everything. His best friend and first love are moving away, drama shakes his devout family, and he is holding secrets of his own. At which point to you just tell the truth about everything? This touching, honest novel redefines family and is a courageous first step to something new. What’s the second thing? A spirit has risen from the lake. Just ignore that part. 7 stars for Adam’s story, 2 stars for the ghost. #IndigoEmployee #HarperCollins #yswordss
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Must Read for Patrick Ness Fans A dramatic and poignant story of a young boy who is struggling with being gay in a small town with hyper religious parents and a limited dating pool with Ness' dark and daring twist. Intriguing read for those looking for something less mainstream.
Date published: 2017-07-15

Editorial Reviews

“I was gripped by Adam’s journey to self-belief, told pacily, beautifully.”