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Inspired by Judy Blume’s Forever and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, this novel that Andrew Smith calls “beautiful, enchanting, [and] exquisitely written” is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance—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.

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.

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Critical Praise

★ “Part character study, part reckoning, this is a painful, magical gem of a novel that, even when it perplexes, will rip the hearts right out of its readers.” —Booklist (starred review)

“I was gripped by Adam’s journey to self-belief, told pacily, beautifully.” —London Times

“Release 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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062403193
  • ISBN 10: 0062403192
  • Imprint: HarperTeen
  • On Sale: 09/19/2017
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: 21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age
  • BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT
  • BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

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