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List Price: £12.99


Hardcover: 288 Pages.

Published: 04 May 2017 by Walker Books

Edition: First Edition

ISBN: 1406331171

EAN: 9781406331172

The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...


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Stuff Happens - You Can Get Through It

This is one day in the life of Adam Thorn. A fairly typical American boy who has rather extreme parents. Everything that can go wrong does and to top it all Adam nearly blows it with his boyfriend, Linus. Alongside this runs a supernatural story concerning a faun and a Queen seeking revenge for a recent murder.

On the whole I did like this book. I felt for Adam who is struggling to live an ordinary life as a 17 year old against the background of rather extreme religious parents. I was pleased that there were some minor characters who did attend church who weren't as extreme as Adam's parents to provide a balance. I wouldn't want teenagers thinking that all religious parents are as intolerant & unloving as Adam's as that really isn't the case.

The other characters in the book are all fairly ordinary but I feel that is exactly the point. The situations that Adam faced in one day are quite typical for teenagers - but usually  they don't all happen in the same day!

I really struggled with the supernatural story concerning the faun and Queen. It was a little strange & I can't help thinking that the story would have been fine without it. This thread did make a bit more sense at the end but it never felt necessary. Perhaps I missed the point?

This is a young adult book. I would like to bring to people's attention that there are some quite explicit sex scenes in this book. I certainly wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 16.

This is a good coming of age book. It would be ideal for any young adult facing turmoil & struggling in their lives. Hopefully they would understand that this stuff does happen to everyone but it can be got through.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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