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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  15,809 ratings  ·  3,166 reviews
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. Relationships will change, he’ll change, but maybe, just maybe, he’ll find freedom in the release.

Time is running out though, because way across town a ghost as risen from the lake. Searching, yearning, she leaves a trail of destruction in her wake…
Paperback, 287 pages
Published May 4th 2017 by Walker Books
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Brittani The U.K. edition comes out in May, but the U.S. doesn't come out until September :/…moreThe U.K. edition comes out in May, but the U.S. doesn't come out until September :/(less)
Katherine Morris Definitely not a retelling, just a few nods to other books which add an extra layer (on top of all the usual Ness layers!). This is stunning, and you …moreDefinitely not a retelling, just a few nods to other books which add an extra layer (on top of all the usual Ness layers!). This is stunning, and you won't regret giving it a chance.(less)

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Emily May
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Who cared if he’d grow out of it? That didn’t make it any less true in those painful and euphoric days when it was happening. The truth was always now, even if you were young. Especially if you were young.

I am so torn. I'm not even sure how I feel about Release overall. It's like there are two books in here - one I absolutely loved, and the other I just didn't enjoy at all.

Ness is one of those authors who never writes the same book, or same kind of book, twice. Liking one is no guarantee you
Adam Silvera
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
One of a kind novel set over the course of one day. Boys talking about love, beauty, sex, beautiful sex, a ghost, and so much more.
Emma Giordano
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars! I really enjoyed this read. It takes some important topics that are rarely discussed in YA, and in society in general. There were a few elements I didn't enjoy as much, but overall, Release is an important novel a wide variety of people should read.

CW: homomisia (homophobia), sexual harassment, intimate partner violence

Release is a modern day contemporary yet there appears to be a supernatural/paranormal aspect as certain chapters follow the ghost of a recently deceased girl after r
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, queer
“They're your parents. They're meant to love you because. Never in spite.”

Release was one of my most anticipated reads this year and one that I had preordered as soon as I had heard of it. Patrick Ness is one of the most taltented authors that I know. A Monster Calls was hauntingly beautiful and emotional while More Than This was eerie and scary as hell, but nevertheless beautiful. The Knife of Never Letting Go was brutal and twisted, too much so in my opinion, and The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EDIT: I had to change my rating to 5 stars! It's been a few days and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. The format of this book, the way the story is told and how it comes together is stunning and such a joy to read.

Original review:
I just adore Patrick Ness so much! This story tugged at my heartstrings and the writing was mesmerising!

This book needs to be read by everyone, just because it's been written by Patrick Ness. The characters he writes, the lessons and themes he infuses ac
first off, shout out to that beautiful cover, which, much to my embarrassment, didn't even take notice until I held the book in my hands. 🙈

I knew I was going to love Adam the moment I read the blurb and once I started reading it, all it took was the first page.

Release is an emotionally deep and poignant story that takes place over the course of a single day— a day full of wonderful and awful surprises as it explores and discusses a multitude of themes in a stirring and compulsively readable way
Larry H
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

Patrick Ness' new book, Release, is essentially two completely different novels in one. The core story is absolutely wonderful, thought-provoking and emotional, funny and sweet, and it reaffirmed why I am such a fan of Ness' writing. While I think I understood the point of the second story, I don't understand why it was necessary to tack it on here, so I guess I would have preferred some sort of explanation or connection between the two.

Some may be so put off by the second story that it may det
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. I read this book in just a few short hours, completely transfixed from the first page. There's something very special about Patrick Ness's writing. ...more
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

It's hard to rate this book because I really liked the contemporary story but didn't care at all for the magical realism/fantasy one...

Patrick Ness's writing is a delight though!
C.G. Drews
READ #2, Sept 2018

Ahhh I needed a good reread of an excellent book full of heartache, existential crisis, and questions about what it means to love and be love. Let me just go cry my own salty Dead Sea ok. I always adore Patrick Ness' books and I can't pick a favourite, but this??? So high up on the list. AFKSLAD ADAM YOU DESERVE MORE LOVE THAN YOU THINK YOU DESERVE.

READ #1: May 2017
I was so addicted to every single page of this. Omg can Patrick Ness do no wrong. His characters are so real and m
Elle (ellexamines)
Release follows preacher's-son Adam through one day of his life, as he attempts to find closure with his ex. The subjects are small moments: a final party, only significant to Adam. The discussion of homophobia in this was so much and I don’t even really know why it hit me that hard. But this made me cry a lot.

Being gay, especially in a situation where your home doesn’t accept it, is a very distinct experience. Adam is a part of a preacher family with parents who do not really love him. His bro
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
5 Stars

“Why did everyone no longer a teenager automatically dismiss any feeling you had then? Who cared if he’d grow out of it? That didn’t make it any less true in those painful and euphoric days when it was happening.”

Sometimes a book comes into your life at the perfect moment and that was this for me. I read Mrs. Dalloway a month-or-so ago, so it was still fresh on my mind when I started this book heavily inspired by Woolf’s work. This book follows a day in Adam’s life as, like Mrs. Dall
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, another YA coming of age story. I am not sure when it became interesting. Suddenly, I want to know what happens to these people.

The main characters father is a conservative minister but, notably, light-handed as such.

I wasn't sure why the ghost of “dead woman in a drowned dress” kept showing up and, the height of the faun surprised me. A lot of people complained about the second story. To me, the speculative aspects seemed a bit like a Greek chorus.

I'll repeat the trigger warnings: for homop
May 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5ish stars.

There are two separate storylines within this book. They kind of come together at the end, but not in a big enough way to justify the existence of the second.

I give the secondary “faun/queen” story 1 star because it is non-sensical and pretentious and pointless. Also the faun bugged me, repeating “My queen? My queen? My queen? My queen? My queen!” almost as bad as Titanic, “Rose? Jack! Jack? Rose! Rose! Jack? Rose? Jack!”

I give the main “Ad
Charlotte May
3.5 ⭐️

"That's the thing isn't it? They can be who they are and I can live with that and let them get on with it. But in return, I'm not going to put up with anything less."

This book is both happy and sad, and I felt A LOT while I was reading.
Adam is gay, and coming to terms with his sexuality while living in a house full of massively religious people is proving considerably difficult (obviously). He has grown further and further away from his parents, and his best friend Angela and her mother
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I AM SO GLAD I FINALLY READ THIS. I adored the writing and the characters so much. However....... while I did really, really enjoy the main story of this book, I was mega confused by the secondary ghost queen plot line thing. Like. Huh? I think a re-read is in order to better grasp what that had to do with everything bc it went right over my head. BUT STILL. Really, really liked this.
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Ness has written what I think could be one of the most important YA fiction novels yet. In Release we meet Adam a young gay man dealing with the conflict of his sexuality and the religious values of his family. In the single day we follow his life we follow him as this conflict reaches a climax and everything else seems to change... Oh, and a murdered girls spirit mingles with a rather veil spirit queens and could be the end of the world. Just a small thing to contend with. Talking openi ...more
It's Patrick Ness, I shouldn't even be surprised to realize I loved this book so damn much.

I truly think this book is only about a few things : friendship, heartbreak, brotherhood, acceptance, and realizing blood doesn't mean family.

#F R I E N D S H I P

You could say I loved the friendship between Angela and Adam, it was probably one of the purest things ever. In your life you always have this one friend you can talk about anything and everything with . . . that's who Adam and Angela are for
Shaun Hutchinson
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Something about it felt very personal, like Ness put a little extra something of himself into this story. The characters felt real, the tension of the story happening all over the course of one day was wonderful. I especially liked the way the sex was handled in an honest way. This is definitely one of my favorite books by Ness (or any author).
Dalziel Mapp
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
*Allows my tears to write this review for me*

Going into this I wasn't sure what to expect, I hadn't even read the blurb. All I knew was it contained GAY and that lots of people had a lot of mixed reviews on it. My adoration for his other series, the chaos walking trilogy, did give me high expectation. Thankfully stumbling like an emotional wreck walking out of this I was happy to have had them met.

Patrick Ness made me feel every single human emotion possible and then some more while reading thi
Mara YA Mood Reader
Wow. That of the most sexually explicit YA novels I’ve read so far. I feel like I’ve come away from this with so much more knowledge about male/male sex than before. Actually I feel now properly educated about male/male sex. Porn can be so misleading so I’m glad that’s all cleared up for me now....*coughs*

So aside from all the sex—which honestly I prefer in YA because it’s much more relatable to me—the plot is intense!

I could’ve easily read this in one page-gripping sitting! But I had
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Uneven, but in the end the visceral depiction of all the uncertainties and pains of growing up gay in rural America outweighed for me the vagueness of the spirit queen plot - 3.5 stars
Why did everyone no longer a teenager automatically dismiss any feeling you had then? Who cared if he’d grow out of it? That didn’t make it any less true in those painful and euphoric days when it was happening.
The truth was always now, even if you were young. Especially if you were young.

Gay Adam, in rural
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: z2017, ya
3.5 stars.

This book was like two stories in one. At first, it seemed to me like the stories weren't really connected at all and the change from one story to the other felt like a disconnect. I felt that disconnect between the two right up until that amazing ending where the two stories overlapped in such a wonderful way. I appreciate a great ending and that ending was so so fantastically beautiful, I loved it. I sort of wish the two stories would have been more interconnected throughout but the
Justin Tate
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Powerful, mostly. The front story tells a heartbreakingly realistic picture of teenage love, parental relations, friendship and more. Ness doesn’t shy away from serious issues and showcases these characters with brutal honesty. I found the story eerily relatable, and I suspect many others will as well.

The side story is a weird symbolic fantasy that reminded me of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and his Land Of Make Believe. Through veiled parallels, we see a fantastic charade of the main plot. Most
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Short impressions to come when my emotions cool down a bit.
I have mixed feelings about this book.

So I really enjoyed the story but at the same time I was so confused, mostly when reading in the spirits parts. I honestly had no idea what was happening!!
Whispering Stories
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Release, is quite an unusual story in that it follows two plots which eventually meet. Now that may not be something different, but these two stories are set in different worlds (sort of). The real world, and the spirit world.

We meet Adam, a young, gay man trying to just be himself and live his life, but he has the added upset of people not understanding his sexuality, including his religious parents. He also has serious problems with his boss making advances
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
Thoughts a year before I read Release:
My soul is already crushed. Just Ness things.

Thoughts upon finishing Release:
Well...shit, I love Ness, but even I'll join the masses and say what the hell did I just read?

That's not fair. The A-Plot in the contemporary story (re: Adam Thorn exploring his sexuality while combating his religious family, confusing relationships, and his drive for a better future for himself) is spectacular. If I were to review Release on that narrative thread alone, it would su
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Oh wow, Patrick Ness.

I don't quite know what to say. This book dealt with the messiness that life can be, with self worth, with love, with religion, with friendship, with the concept of family, with spirits, and with so much more.

It was weird and emotional and powerful and I loved it.
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Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the C

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