Release by Patrick Ness
Published May 4th 2017 by Walker Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
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.
Thank you, HarperCollins and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve read a couple of Patrick Ness books already before – The Rest of Us Just Live Here and A Monster Calls.The Rest of Us Just Live Here was so good, and A Monster Calls got me crying till the wee hours of night that I woke up with my eyes swollen (that rarely happens, unless I cry hard)
Release was set entirely in one day, and gives us a glimpse into the life of Adam Thorn. In between chapters like The Rest of Us Just Live Here is another story, and this is set in the same place, but with more of a fantasy twist.
I felt so much for Adam. He’s the son of a preacher, and he’s gay. His brother doesn’t recognize what Adam experienced as love, well not real love. His boss frequently hits on him and when he refused a suggestive offer, his job gets threatened. He just feels like he can never be himself, at least not in this town, not around these people- well, except Angela and Linus.
Adam has had a crappy day and it’s overwhelming even for me as a reader. It doesn’t ruin the story, though. I like how it’s unafraid to talk about serious issues. Adam’s story full of love, friendship, heartbreak, anger, sadness. and everything else in between.
Overall this is a great read and do encourage you guys to pick up a copy of this. So please do go check it out!