With appeal for fans of Jonathan Tropper, Tom Perrotta, and Laurie Notaro, this snarky mashup of Girls and Oz is so painfully honest you might think youre reading a memoirexcept the author isnt a smart-ass guy in a wheelchair who works in a prison.
Recently paralyzed in a car accident, thirty-year-old Graham Finch spends his days trying to rehabilitate a caseload of unruly inmates and his nights on one bad date after another, attempting to rehabilitate his heart
until his high school crush Drew Daniels walks through the prison gates one hot summer morning. On the run from a painful past thats nearly crushed her faith in love, Drew is a new teacher at Lakeside Correctional. Graham, smitten all over again, tries to redirect his unrequited feelings. But when your heart keeps looking back, it’s not easy to turn it forward.
Amidst escalating violence at work, Drew is forced to confront her secrets, find a way to forgive old sins, and learn how to listen to her heart and her head when it comes to men. Graham must also learn to make peace with his own past. Together they realize that if youre going to save yourself, sometimes the best way to do it is by saving someone else first. If only finding their way to one another was easier than working with convicted felons.
Loaded with twisted humor and pathos, MANDATORY RELEASE is a darkly comic look at friendship, forgiveness, and love. A story about broken people putting themselves back together. People who learn that no matter what you lock upa person, a secret, or your heartsooner or later, everything must be released.
Well Jess Riley is a one of a kind! This story was really different from anything I have ever read! From the setting of a prison to a twist that was so twisted I didnt see it coming! This book will have you wanting to peek at the end (DONT DO IT) I love that the characters felt real. So many books dont do that anymore! This is deff. an author that I’m adding to favs. 5 stars
*A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*