Release by Patrick Ness

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It’s a book that will speak, with passionate warmth, to anyone who has ever been made to feel “less than”.


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.

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.


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Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England's Radio 4 and SUNDAY TELEGRAPH and is a literary critic for the GUARDIAN. This is his first book for young adults. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.From the Hardcover edition.
Published September 19, 2017 by HarperTeen. 288 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Imogen Russell Williams on May 13 2017

It’s a book that will speak, with passionate warmth, to anyone who has ever been made to feel “less than”.

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