Reader Reviewed Release by Patrick Ness
  

Release

Written by Patrick Ness

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May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: love, truth and the power of release | A gripping, soulful novel about a life-changing day, which will surely change the lives of those who read it.

"Where on earth had this day come from? And where was it headed?" remarks 17 year-old Adam as a single day unfurls wave after wave of shattering disruption: first a revelation from his brother, next an ultimatum from his foul boss, then a destabilising announcement from his beloved best friend. And alongside Adam's unraveling, there’s the mesmerising narrative of the ghost of a murdered girl who’s risen from a lake in search of release.

Partly modeled on two of the author’s most admired books (Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever), with this remarkable novel Ness once again demonstrates his profound understanding of the complexities of being a young adult, and of the human condition more generally. Adam’s story is pinpricked with truly nerve-touching moments, perhaps most poignantly between him and the overbearing father he fears coming-out to. At one point his dad reveals that he wishes Adam could be honest with him, and then Adam begins to let go. While revealing truths can be excruciatingly painful, doing so might also bring refreshing, life-affirming release. Heartbreaking, intense and acutely honest, this novel casts a subtle spell of hope. ~ Joanne Owen

Walker has announced the tour dates for Patrick Ness, promoting Release.

The tour will begin on 26 April with a "premiere" event in partnership with Waterstones at the Curzon cinema in Soho.

Dates after that:

Saturday 6 May, 2pm Edinburgh - George Square Lecture Theatre (Blackwell's)

Sunday 7 May, 3pm Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema (Waterstones)

Monday 8 May, 7pm Manchester – Manchester Library (Waterstones)

Tuesday 9 May, 7pm Sheffield – The Library Theatre (Waterstones)

Wednesday 10 May, 7pm Birmingham – The Glee Club (Foyles)

Thursday 11 May, 7pm Dublin – Details TBC

Sunday 14 May, 2:30pm Brighton – Sallis Benney Theatre (Brighton Festivals)

Reader Reviews

YA's love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Izzy Read, age 16 - 'It is beautiful and personal and I may just be in love with it.'
  • Olivia Tierney, age 19 - 'Incredibly personal and emotive, Release details a heart-breaking day in the life of Adam Thorn. Beautifully written with characters that come to life, everything you'd expect from Patrick Ness.'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 19 - 'Release is such a poignant, intimate story. It is a beautiful story, written in a beautiful way.'    
  • Georgia Walters, age 17 - 'Release is compelling and addictive; I was completely swept up in this pivotal day in Adam's life, reluctant to put the book down. This story will definitely stay with me for a long time.'
  • Susie Holm, age 16 - 'Tackling a range of important topics such as sexuality, drugs, expression, rape, religion, sex and being who you want to be, this novel is simply unique.'
  • Jenny Duffy, age 24 - 'A powerful, poignant punch of a book ...Raw, intense and moving, this is a book that draws the reader in, one they won’t want to be released from. Fans of Patrick Ness will not be disappointed.'
  • Delilah Acworth, age 19 - 'because of the protagonist that Patrick Ness fashioned, Adam Thorn, and his relatable nature, the book is a must read for all those interested in LGBT teenage literature.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'a must read for all Patrick Ness fans.'

Synopsis

Release by Patrick Ness

The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls.

The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...This uplifting coming-of-age novel will remind you what it's like to fall in love.

Reviews

Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway meets Judy Blume's Forever is as good a pitch as I've heard this year, and this beautifully crafted, complex novel which Ness calls his most personal yet, does not disappoint. [...] Told with real tenderness, it's a brilliant portrayal of the intensity of a teenager's inner life. The Bookseller

Intense, complex and bold, Ness sensitively explores how Adam grapples with what matters to him, how he frames himself (or not) in relation to others, trying to untangle the confusion and contradictory feelings of love and hate, hope and despair. Whilst this book is out there and rightly proud of being so, these are themes I think that will speak to (m)any (a) teenager, gay, straight or something else. Pretty no-nonsense descriptions of gay sex will probably provide an eye-opening and much-appreciated-by-many-a-young-person education akin to that gifted by many of Blume's books particularly in the 1970s and 80s. Playing by the Book

About the Author

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California.

His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American and hated your cable company, he probably wrote you a letter of apology.

He got his first story published in Genre magazine in 1997 and was working on his first novel when he moved to London in 1999. He's lived here ever since. Sometimes he teaches creative writing but mostly he tries to write 1,000 words a day, 'come hell or high water'.

In May 2008, he published The Knife of Never Letting Go, his first book for young adults. It won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize and he hasn't looked back since.

Here is an interview with Patrick Ness where he talks about his new book The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Patrick Ness

1. He has a tattoo of a rhinoceros.
2. He has run two marathons.
3. He is a certified scuba diver.
4. He wrote a radio comedy about vampires.
5. He has never been to New York City but...
6. He has been to Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo.
7. He got accepted into film school but turned it down to study writing.
8. He was a goth as a teenager (well, as much of a goth as you could be in Tacoma, Washington and still have to go to church every Sunday).
9. He is no longer a goth.
10. Under no circumstances will he eat onions.

Click here to read a Q&A with Patrick Ness

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Book Info

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Hardback
288 pages

Author

Patrick Ness
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Author's Website

www.patrickness.com/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th May 2017

ISBN

9781406331172

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