Invisible Boys by award-winning author Holden Sheppard:
As I post this book review I can almost hear the collective GASP of all the parents reading this who are shocked that I would be allowed to read such graphic and mature content. But fear not concerned citizens; my copy of Invisible Boys has been censored! My amazing 16 year old sister read it first and covered up all the shmexy bits with post it notes, and although at times I was a little tempted to take a sneak peek under them, I refrained as there are some things that I’d rather wait to learn until I am older, I think I’d be a little scarred if I read them now.
It took me longer than usual to read this book, about 6 days in total (that’s with about 50% being lude and blocked out), as I like to spend more time processing what’s happening when the story seems a bit heavy or deep but that is not a reflection of how much I enjoyed this book. I absolutely LOVE Invisible Boys and adore the three main characters!
Invisible boys is definitely NOT suitable for kids, it’s recommended for ages 14+ due to the sexual content and mature language and I can guarantee most of my 11-13 year old friends aren’t even going to read the rest of this review, they’ve already lied to their parents about the content and are off to buy a copy!
So, for those who are still reading, here’s my opinion of this book;
Invisible boys gives a great insight into what it was like growing up gay in rural Australia in the 90’s. It’s raw, it’s honest, it’s real and it’s empowering! I cried, I laughed, I wanted to hug Charlie, Zeke and Hammer and I wanted to punch quite a few characters in the face. I love the way Holden represented our LGBTQ+ community as we need better representation in literature, especially for teens who may be going through similar struggles as the characters in this book. I also love the way Holden created unique and diverse characters to show that not all gay people look and act the same way, you can be gay straight or Bi and still just be you, you don’t need to act a certain way.
AMAZING book! I hope it will be purchased in high school libraries for teens who may not have access to this kind of literature. It’s available to purchase from October 1st 2019, so you can grab a copy from your book shop now.