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Author: Patrick Ness Narrator: Michael Crouch Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9780062795267
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Inspired by Judy Blume’s Forever and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, this novel by award-winning author Patrick Ness is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance—and what happens when the walls we build start coming down.

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.

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Michael Crouch portrays seventeen-year-old Adam Thorn, who has a complicated emotional life…Crouch expresses Adam’s pain over a past breakup and an unwanted advance by his boss. He also dramatizes Adam’s long-term hurt at his family’s judgments and preference for his religious brother…Writer and narrator depict gay sexuality honestly and poignantly. Crouch also creates a strong tone for the eerie interspersed chapters, which are voiced by the ghost of a recently murdered girl, and makes clear her connections to Adam’s life.”


  • “A frank, riveting portrayal of a gay teenager’s sexual awakening.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Part character study, part reckoning, this is a painful, magical gem of a novel that, even when it perplexes, will rip the hearts right out of its readers.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Literary, illuminating, and stunningly told.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Beautifully imagined and written, this is a marvelous book—marvelous in the truest sense of the word.”

    Michael Cart, author of Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism

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About the Author

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

About the Narrator

Michael Crouch is an actor based in New York City. His audiobook narration has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, and Best of the Year accolades from Booklist, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. He can also be heard on national commercials, cartoons, video games, and the animé series Pokémon XY and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.