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.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 16+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406331172
  • Published: 04 May 2017
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 216 x 135 mm
  • Pages: 288

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Customer 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

'Release by Patrick Ness could become just as much of a pivotal text for gay teens and Judy Blume's Forever is for straight ones.' The Bookseller

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