PRE-PUBLICATION Review of Advanced Reader Copy by William
Review Date: June 10, 2021 - Publish Date: June 15, 2021
Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy is a heartfelt story about love, relationships, and self-reflection. The book is narrated by Lee Swan, a recent High School graduate who has a podcast with her boyfriend, Vincent. After a break-up, however, Lee goes her own way, starting another podcast in which she explores her parents’ marriage. Throughout this exploration, Lee not only discovers hidden secrets about her family, but also forms new relationships along the way and learns more about herself.
McCoy is able to establish a strong connection between the reader and Lee, making readers care about what Lee cares about. McCoy perfectly captures the emotions of Lee, allowing for a connection that would not have been possible otherwise. This makes for a page-turning experience as readers are interested in both the secrets uncovered about Lee’s family, as well as about Lee’s current relationships and how they will end up. In addition to the main themes about love and relationships, McCoy is able to eloquently establish an underlying theme of past and future. Throughout the story, Lee is constantly in the past, thinking of what went wrong for her current situation to happen. Lee thinks back not only in her past, but also in her parents’. And by exploring the past, she is also actively thinking about her future: about how each of her relationships will turn out, and how they will affect her life.
Overall, the story is very reminiscent of the “quirky-teenage-protagonist-coming-of-age” type of novels written by authors like John Green. However, McCoy writes in a well-thought-out manner that keeps the story unique and interesting. This book is a must-read for young-adults and teens looking for a well-written story that has both an interesting plot and great underlying themes.