Ever since I read the Chaos Walking trilogy, Patrick Ness has been one of my favorite authors. But clearly I haven’t been paying attention, because this one almost released without me catching it. I think I may have seen it over on yalit.com, which I find to be a fabulous resource when I’m looking for recently released books.
Before we get to my Sticky Note Review, here’s a synopsis (from Amazon)
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.
And here’s my Sticky Note Review (click the arrow if you want to see the actual sticky note. Otherwise, the content is in the description).
#bookaday Release by Patrick Ness. My #StickyNoteReview says: So many things to say, such a small space. First: Amazing. Wonderful. It’s a day in the life of Adam Thorn, where in much happens. Friends are leaving, his brother confesses that he got a girl pregnant [which is bad in their family because their father is a preacher], and he’s sexually harassed by his boss at the big box store where he works. I could really identify with Adam – his struggle with his faith that tells him that she shouldn’t be who he is; his relationship with his parents; the sharing of info in anger – yeah, that was me as a teen. I love that Ness doesn’t shy away from anything. And I mean ANYTHING. And this day in the life where everything happens feels realistic. I found the ghost story parts rather confusing at first. I was expecting the two narratives to tie together somehow. Once I realized that they weren’t really [going to], not in the way of, say, Brian Selznick, I found those interludes much more intriguing. Apparently this was inspired by and there are many references to VIrginia Wolfe’s Mrs. Dalloway. Guess what I’m picking up soon.