Cover art for Invisible Boys
Fremantle Press, October 2019
Softcover, 344 pages
19.6cm × 13.1cm × 2.5cm

Invisible Boys

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On the surface, nerd Zeke, punk Charlie and footy wannabe Hammer look like they have nothing in common. But scratch that surface and you'd find three boys in the throes of coming to terms with their homosexuality in a town where it is invisible. Invisible Boys is a raw, confronting YA novel that explores the complexities and trauma of rural gay identity with painful honesty, devastating consequences and, ultimately, hope.

Recommended by Amy

Amy Hotz is the Direct Sales Consultant at Boffins, and also specialises in Children's fiction. She loves Dystopian fantasy and Young Adult Fiction.

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard – 16+ (mature readers) This is by far my favourite new release at the moment. Holden is from WA/Geraldton and the book touches on many personal experiences of growing up gay in a small town. Set in Geraldton, the book follows three boys of very different character who all have their own way of handling their sexuality. Disclaimer: It does have some mature themes (sexual references and drug use), but I feel they are important in the development of the story. Holden’s own background is strongly reflected in the novel, giving his characters strong and authentic voices. It’s a great book for discussion and even though the characters are male, female readers will value the honesty and the guts that describe many teenage emotions regardless of gender.

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