A Novel

eBook - 2017
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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. Time is running out, though. Because way across town, a ghost has just risen from the lake...--
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2017
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780062403216
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Feb 12, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. The characters felt very authentic and I especially liked the relationship between Adam and his best friend Angela. I also really liked the juxtaposition between Adam's chapters which were more realistic and the queen's chapters which were kind of dark fantasy, and then seeing the two kind of come together and intertwine.

I did think that some of it was pretty explicit for a YA novel.

JCLChrisK Jul 07, 2018

A wonderfully authentic day in the life of a young man whose struggles all come to a head at the same time. Most of those conflicts dwell in the realm of love, whether family, friendship, romance, or even loveless attraction. His heart is broken in many different ways, mended in others, and almost entirely transformed as he is forced to discover just who he is. It's a powerful exploration of humanness.

Intertwined with Adam's story is a smaller, shorter one that, I believe, is meant to mirror his. Like many others, I had trouble seeing the connections on my initial reading. It didn't work for me, and I feel I must have missed something that should have added even more depth and meaning instead of seeming like an unnecessary distraction. Perhaps later I'll have time to go back and give it a closer look. For now, it comes across as a flaw.

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 25, 2018

Release was such an interesting and moving story told from the perspective of a teenage boy at a crossroad and another perspective of a recently deceased teenage girl from the same town now in a mythical queen’s body with a mystical fawn following her around. Yeah, it’s a little different. I have no idea what this other storyline was on about with the dead girl and the queen and I’m not sure if you’re meant to “get it” but the ending sort of gave an explanation to the bigger picture that was really awesome. In one moment everything can click into place and suddenly the decisions you were waging war on just make sense. I loved the journey this book took and the main character took through just one day and it was all about how everything can change in just a moment.

Nov 01, 2017

Characters and dialog like one would find in a slightly over dramatic movie. There's a parallel paranormal plot which isn't necessary to the story and can be skipped.

bandblair Oct 23, 2017

Ness is just so incredibly talented. The teenagers are written in such a realistic way. A little mythical as well.

Jul 01, 2017

Well written with sensitivity and empathy, Release deals with all the angst surrounding teenage relationships as answers and solutions are sought.

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