RELEASE – Review by Eleanor, Wren Academy

releaseRelease is about a boy called Adam Thorn who is a gay teenager but struggles to find himself as his parents are strong Christians. But will his parents let go of the fact that Adam is not an ordinary Christian kid?!

When Adam starts his day he knew it was going to bad but not even Adam knew it would get as bad as it did. To start the day off he had been invited to his ex-boyfriend’s leaving party and was contemplating whether to go as he had heard rumours that he now had a GIRLFRIEND!!…… (But he’s with Linus now; he’s over Enso isn’t he?) As this day goes from bad to worse he then finds out that his big brother got a girl pregnant and he only knows her from Christian summer camp! Things start to go from bad to worse. As it becomes the worst day of his life, Adam is stuck thinking what else could go wrong – well did he know that there was a lot more to come! His lifelong friend Angela is leaving the city (who will he have now who actually understands him when she’s gone?) Will Adam survive until sunset?

The other part to Release is the dialogue of a girl called Katie who is dead and thirsty for revenge. As she becomes queen to her fantasy faun, she embarks on a mission to release herself from the past but will she ever be freed from the troubles of her past? As she starts her mission to find the person to release her see goes from place to place to help her remember why she is here and why she died.

However, the more she visits the places that were once home and the people that were once in her life she starts to remember that she was not always welcome in this world and that maybe she didn’t make the best choices in her life (when she was alive!). Then she comes to the final person, her killer, her lover, her boyfriend. He starts crying but nothing is happening. Why am I not being released from this world? But if it isn’t him who will release me who will?

I really like Release as Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors and I really like the way he wrote Release it is really interesting to have the dialogue from Katie and the story from Adam. I have to say I preferred the story of Adam’s journey being a gay teenager living in a Christian world. You only really understand Katie’s dialogue half way the book. Overall, I found the book really easy and interesting to read, I would give this book 4 and a half stars.


RELEASE – Review by Larissa, Wren Academy

releaseRelease felt like it was two books in one. At first, I didn’t understand how they were not linked as one was about Adam Thorne who had relationship problems to deal with, a horrible incident at work, and a glimmer of hope. And there was a murdered girl who had risen from the lake and spirit was floating around mingling with spirit queens.

The two stories overlapped at the end in such an interesting way. I personally found the ghost girl one more interesting as I wanted to hear about her past and why she ended up in the lake. As I read throughout the story of the spirit I found it so engaging reading how she ended up dead.

Adam’s life was complicated and he had lots of arguments with his father who was a Christian and believed in god. Adam is gay and this book included lot of sexual references. It was very realistic as it linked to real life problems that everyday people have. I think this book is about a few things: , heartbreak, brotherhood, friendship, acceptance, and realizing blood doesn’t mean family. This book would be recommended for 12+ and mostly for teens to read.

RELEASE – Review by Angelina, Wren Academy

releaseI have very mixed feelings about Release, due to the mix of two different stories alternating each chapter: a day in the life for Adam Thorn, a gay teenager and a strange mythical, ghost story about spirits. To very honest I felt the addition of the spirit story did nothing to benefit the book and although it added to a great ending I found myself skipping past this part in this story to continue reading about Adam. The additional spirit story was irrelevant, boring, and time wasting for me, which was a real shame as I really enjoyed the rest of the book!  “The faun wishes to tell her, tell her that she is caught, his Queen, snagged and bound by a frightened soul. He needs to tell her that she is in danger of becoming lost forever, but he cannot. He can only look at the sun, less than an hour from its midday peak. The faun is worried. The faun is very worried.”

Adams parents and brother were not at all supportive of his sexuality, calling it “fake love”. The pressure they put upon him plays a large role in the story and how he seeks freedom in best friend Angela Darlington.

I would recommend this book to older teenagers and young adults who are looking for a heavy hitting book that makes you think. I would rate this book 6/10 overall due to the additional story of spirits (I would rate Adam’s story 9/10).

THE MOONLIGHT DREAMERS – Review by Daniel, Wren Academy


Reading this book was certainly a joy, all books appeal to someone and this one definitely appealed to me. The book from start to end really made me feel as if I was part of it and those books are the best ones of all. It engaged my interest because it was about teenagers and talks about friendship in a heart-warming way. In my opinion all the Read4Barnet books were excellent however I felt that this one was the one that should receive recognition.


THE BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN – Review by Mimi, Wren Academy

Iboy-mountain loved the great story of Pierrot and his unusual family, and how his father had come back from the war. I loved that there were no boring bits in this book and that whatever happened in the last chapter the next would stop on the cliff hanger of the first. I could not stop reading this fantastic book and I read it in about a week because I just read and read.


THE BOY ON THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN – Review by Eleanor, Wren Academy

The Boy on the Top of the Mountain is about a boy called Pierre who when he moves to Germany changes from the sweet boy he was to the arrogant young man he is today but will he ever find himself?

After Pierre’s mother dies suddenly he is left with no choice but to leave his friends and all he’s ever known and go and live with an unknown relative of his mother’s.

When Pierre arrives in Germany he is taken under the wing of his aunt and told that he should change his name to Pierrot which is a German name. As his aunt tries to keep Pierrot ambivalent to the troubles of the world around him Hitler is having other ideas as he takes Pierrot and trains him up o be an arrogant cruel leader like him – but will Pierrot escape?

I really like this book because the writer has shown it from a different perspective, not of a soldier or a family member but of someone who is watching the war and hopes one day he can be the leader Hitler is. I think this book has a great story line and I would recommend this book to anyone my age.