Mrs Barber, Stockport School Carnegie Readers
'Release' is a coming-of-age story that focuses on acceptance of all manner of things. Our protagonist is seventeen-year-old Adam Thorn - the youngest son of an evangelical preacher. We follow him through a day as he prepares to say goodbye to his best friend.
A lot of Adam's day is mundane, but there are some beautiful moments. Alongside this was the rather perplexing story of the spirit of a recently-deceased girl determined to get revenge. There's a number of sex scenes, but there are moments that are genuinely heart-breaking. When Adam's father utters THAT LINE (you'll know it when you get there)I was stunned.
Adam's story was Ness at his best, while there were some parts that I felt were trying a little too hard to genuinely add anything to the story.
I would recommend this to readers of year 9 and above.
Posted on: 15th March 2018 at 10:22 am
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