Release by Patrick Ness

We find ourselves spending a day in conservative small town America in the new novel from Patrick Ness Release. This is a coming of age story about 17 year old Adam who is coping with his first heartbreak whilst trying to build a new relationship.

The story weaves together Adam's day and a fable about an avenging ghost. Adam changes through small every day moments as he confronts his family and their attitudes towards his sexuality and interacts with his friends in preparations for a party. The avenging ghost is visiting those still alive and reflecting on the small, life-changing moments before her untimely death. Together and separately they walk towards a captivating ending.

Citing Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever as his inspiration, Patrick Ness has created a book that celebrates our (less) ordinary lives. Thoroughly established as an outstanding writer, known for his technical brilliance, Release has warmth that engages on a different level; leaving the reader captivated, both in awe of the writing and deeply moved by the story.

For ages 14+

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