Release – Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is the author of nine novels, including his New York Times bestselling novel The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, and A Monster Calls, which was made into a major motion picture with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick himself. He is also the creator and writer of Class, a Doctor Who spin-off show on the BBC. Born in Virginia, Patrick lives in London.

A raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story from New York Times bestselling novelist Patrick Ness about the courage it takes to live your truth—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.

This incredible story, in part an homage to Judy Blume’s revolutionary novel Forever, takes its place as a new classic about the intensity of teenage relationships and all the strength it takes to find yourself.


Release is a gorgeously written literary YA novel that is also accessible and packed full with emotional moments and snarky witticisms. Ness fans will find much to love here, while the novel will appeal to mature teens as well as a crossover audience.


Though very much its own story, Release was partially inspired by two of Patrick’s favorite novels: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, which similarly takes place over a single day (full of memories) that ends with a party; and Judy Blume’s Forever, which discusses sex and teenage relationships with unusual frankness. In Release, Ness discusses gay teen relationships with the same frankness.


This book is probably Patrick’s most autobiographical and deals with a day in the life of a young gay teenager living with his intolerant evangelical family who comes to realize that he is worthy of love and happiness. This ending with self-love in a fraught family situation is one that will resonate with readers who need to hear stories with happy endings. This book will be an excellent complement to the many other LGTBQ+ titles now on shelves and will also appeal to a wide audience.


Patrick Ness is a widely celebrated author. He won the annual Carnegie Medal from British librarians in both 2011 and 2012, for Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls, which were recognized as the best new books for children or young adults published in the U.K. He is one of seven writers to win two medals and the second to win consecutively. His YA novel The Rest of Us Just Live Here was a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades.


Everything is coming up Ness! With the release of the major motion picture version of A Monster Calls and the introduction of Class, Patrick’s Doctor Who spin-off show on the BBC (and novelizations coming from Harper in 2017), Patrick has been generating a lot of buzz. He was even named one of the most powerful authors in Hollywood by the Hollywood Reporter. His next major novel will be received with great excitement by his fans across many different audiences.


“As he does with conflicted teen Adam Thorn’s entire world, Patrick Ness will tear you apart and put you back together again in ReleaseRelease 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

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406378696
  • Published: 03 May 2018
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 288
  • Walker Books
  • YA SH3LF REVIEW : 5/5

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