Indestructible Object follows Lee as she tries to reconcile her identity, her sexuality, and her parents’ failed marriage with her idea of love and whether it exists or not.
Indestructible Object may be a coming-of-age story, but it is relatable to everyone regardless of gender, sexuality, and age. Lee’s life is falling apart around her; all her plans and everything she believed in suddenly become inconsequential following the split of her parents and her breakup with her longtime boyfriend.
Lee was “laser-focused” on her life with her boyfriend but living in Memphis. As a result, she was not able to be her true self. She is bisexual, but not only that, but she also does not think being with one person, loving one person is enough for her.
It makes the reader think, it draws the reader in, because at one time or another, I think we have all been faced with this reckoning of what our sexuality is; how is society going to label us? What is love? What is monogamy? Is wanting to be with more than one person so bad?
Society has ingrained in us this idea that you can only be what you are born; that homosexuality is terrible; that polygamy is a sin, forcing people to be unhappy in their skin.
Pushes Against the “Norm”
McCoy pushes against the “norm” with her novel. She asks the questions, she investigates Lee’s parents’ relationship, chipping away at what is considered acceptable while delving into what makes a person happy. It makes the reader ask questions.
Yes, Lee is messy; as she repeatedly says in the novel, she is a “messy queer,” but that only serves to make her more human. She makes poor decisions, but when you are that lost when you are struggling so hard to find where you fit in in the world, poor decisions will happen. The mistakes and poor decisions make the story realistic. Life is messy, love is messy and complicated, as are humans.
However, that is what makes Indestructible Object good. McCoy focuses on her characterization; she focuses on the podcast, bringing it to life, delving into Lee as a person, chipping away at her falls so that she can be free to accept and love herself.
I always say this, but I do not usually pick up a young adult romance or contemporary novels. However, in this case, I am glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. Indestructible Object is both realistic and relatable. It is messy, Lee is messy, but that is part of the charm.
We as readers are going on this journey of self-discovery with Lee; we are looking at life, questioning the “socially acceptable” ideals that parade society, and pushing against them. Like Lee, we learn that our inner happiness is more important than living lies or living in closets. It is not always easy, but it is worthwhile. Love is love, and even when we doubt its existence, we find that love is its indestructible object that starts with loving oneself.
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|Pub Date: June 15, 2021||Page Count: 336pp||Age Range: 12 & Over|
|ISBN: 978-1-5344-8505-1||Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers||List Price: $18.99|