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Release by Patrick Ness

I’ve been eyeing this book for quite a while now and every time I go to a book store, I always see this book and consider buying it, so should I?

Here’s the blurb: 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.

I have a love-hate relationship with Patrick Ness’ books. Some I love and adore, some I just leave on my desk sitting there, out of boredom. However, after reading many reviews it seems quite popular amongst others.

What do you think I should do? Buy it and read it, or leave it?



Patrick Ness is a brilliant writer, I haven't read this particular book, but every other I've read has been amazing, so I think you should give it a try!

18th Dec, 18

You should definitely read this! I absolutely loved it, and it would have to be my favourite Patrick Ness novel. I do have to say though that this a book that you’re either gonna love or hate. If you don’t like the first 50 or so pages, you won’t like the rest. But I still encourage you to try it!

18th Dec, 18

Being an inky judge this year we got to read Release and we did end up shortlisting it. It's one of those novels that you either love or absolutely hate it really does depend on your taste. I read A Monster Calls and The Rest of Us Just Live Here too and personally Patrick Ness isn't a fave of mine but I know that he is to a lot of people.

21st Dec, 18

It's very intense, gay and much more sexual than his other books. So you must keep that in mind, but if you're okay with that, then give it a go!

10th Jan, 19

I personally didn't really enjoy it as much as his other books. Did you end up reading it?

8th Aug, 19