Release by Patrick Ness | Book Review

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Release by Patrick Ness
Published by Walker Books LTD, 2017
Genre: Young-adult Contemporary
Pages: 287
Rating: 🌟🌟

Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It's a big day. Things go wrong. It's intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches...

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It's a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, somthing extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course. 

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Just a warning, I didn't enjoy this book very much so if you absolutely adore it please either stop reading here or keep reading and tell me why I am so wrong! Maybe you can change my mind?

To say 'weirdness approaches' is a bit of an understatement here. I have heard a lot about Patrick Ness', with people saying that they absolutely adore his writing and storylines but for me, I didn't quite get it. He did have a very whimsical writing style, but I actually found it difficult to read with  his very long sentences that became confusing instead of poetic. This was even more evident in the parts told by the ghost. Yes, the ghost. This story was told about two people, Adam who is a gay teen struggling with first loves and the disapproval of his family, and the ghost of Katherine van Leuwen who was murdered but has now risen from the lake and is walking through the town.

I really didn't get the ghost elements to this book. It all just seemed too random. I don't think it added to the plot or help Adam to evolve as a character (he did that all on his own) so I really don't know why it was in there. Maybe there is some deeper meaning to it all and it symbolises somthing monumental but I think I missed that mark. I didn't really enjoy reading these sections either, much preferring to read about Adam and how his day was going catastrophically wrong than this confused ghost who is a Queen of some sort and is followed by a huge, magical fawn. Like I said, a bit random for me. I also struggle with books that seem to just dip their pages into the magical elements instead of just jumping right in. I had to the same issue with David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks which was perfectly normal, except for a few random pages here and there, until the last few chapters when magic scale went from 0 to 10 in the last few chapters which just confused me.

I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it was more about Adam and his life. Because for me, they were the most interesting parts and the ones I wanted to read about. It's a short book anyway and with the added ghost bits, I really felt like I only got a very small window into Adams life and I would have liked to have seen more of it.

Also the cover is so clever with the river forming the silhouettes of (I assume) Adam and Katherine!

Beleive it or not after this review, I am going to try some more of Partick Ness. He is so well loved by a lot of people and I was recommended another one of his books by @court_of_readers_and_writers on Instagram so I am going to give that a go and hopefully I will love it a whole lot more than this one.

If you also love Partick Ness, please recommend your favourite and why so that I can read it and hopefully love Patrick Ness too! 

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