Book Talk: Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy

" Beautifully messy and real. A raw look at what it means to actually live as the person you truly are."

Amy Spalding, bestselling author of We Used to Be Friends

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About the Book


For the past two years, Lee has been laser-focused on two things: her job as a sound tech at a local coffee shop and her podcast “Artists in Love,” which she cohosts with her boyfriend Vincent.


Until he breaks up with her on the air right after graduation.


When their unexpected split, the loss of her job, and her parent’s announcement that they’re separating coincide, Lee’s plans, her art, and her life are thrown into turmoil. Searching for a new purpose, Lee recruits her old friend Max and new friend Risa to produce a podcast called “Objects of Destruction,” where they investigate whether love actually exists at all.


But the deeper they get into the love stories around them, the more Lee realizes that she’s the one who’s been holding love at arm’s length. And when she starts to fall for Risa, she finds she’ll have to be more honest with herself and the people in her life to create a new love story of her own.


Funny, romantic, and heartfelt, this is a story about secrets, lies, friendship, found family, an expired passport, a hidden VHS tape, fried pickles, the weird and wild city of Memphis, and, most of all, love.


Author Mary McCoy’s previous novel, I, Claudia, won a Michael L. Printz Honor in 2019. Her spectacular follow-up, Indestructible Object, never offers easy answers, instead honoring her realistically flawed characters’ messy nuances. McCoy incorporates Lee’s podcast interviews and scripted voice-overs into the narrative with stylish flair, strengthening both the novel’s poetic tone and Lee’s striking first-person narrative voice. Lee’s journey toward even the hardest truths plays out with stunning emotional depth. This is a layered and vulnerable examination of everything that makes a heart beat—or break.

Reviews & What Readers Say

" With wisdom and fearlessness, Mary McCoy's Indestructible Object is not just a novel, but a manual for a life well-lived—it will leave readers wanting to make Art, to fall in and out of love, and to bravely reveal the parts of themselves kept hidden."

—Iva-Marie Palmer, author of Gimme Everything You Got

“ A moving and masterfully drawn love letter to art, found family, and all of the messy but always wonderful shades of love, filled with as much soul as the city of its setting.”

Jeff Zentner, Morris Award-winning author of The Serpent King


“Beautifully messy and real. A raw look at what it means to actually live as the person you truly are.”

Amy Spalding, bestselling author of We Used to Be Friends


Nobody Ever Asked Me about the Girls: Women, Music and Fame

Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

336 pages

ISBN 978-1534485051

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About the Author


Mary McCoy is a writer and a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She has also been a contributor to On Bunker Hill and the 1947project, where she wrote stories about Los Angeles’s notorious past. Mary is the author of Dead to Me, Camp So-and-So, the Printz Honor Book I, Claudia, and Indestructible Object. She grew up in western Pennsylvania and studied at Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin.


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