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  • Published in USA  Sep 2017
    288 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Inspired by Judy Blume's Forever and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, this novel 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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"Starred Review. [A] frank, riveting portrayal of a gay teenager's sexual awakening." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Part character study, part reckoning, this is a painful, magical gem of a novel that, even when it perplexes, will rip the hearts right out of its readers." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Literary, illuminating, and stunningly told." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. An excellent choice for all teen collections. Grades 9 and up." - School Library Journal

"This book's self-awareness lends its events a dreamlike feel. Though it functions as an accessible, standalone coming-of-age story, awareness of its influences makes for a layered reading experience." - The Horn Book

"I was gripped by Adam's journey to self-belief, told pacily, beautifully." - The Times (UK)

"Release is beautiful, enchanting, exquisitely written; the novel builds to an adrenaline-surged ending that only Patrick Ness can deliver. This is an incredible work of intertwined, mirrored stories that left me slack-jawed and in awe of one of the true master storytellers of our time." - Andrew Smith, Michael L. Printz Honor–winning author of Grasshopper Jungle and Winger

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Patrick Ness is the author of ten novels, including his New York Times bestselling The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, A Monster Calls, which was made into a major motion picture with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick himself, Release, and And The Ocean Was Our Sky. Born in Virginia, Patrick lives in London.

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