This is a love story of two young men (16/17 years old) drawn to each other, initially because each feels themselves to be an outsider, and can recognise a kindred spirit.
Felix lives in his own private world and keeps his true self hidden from his family and peers while obsessing about the trivialities of everyday life. He has a literal way of interpreting the world and feels very different to others of his age at school.
Bailey has just moved into Lower Hutt from Auckland and feels homesick for places and people. He keeps the reality of his abusive home life private, and, adding to his problems, he is confused to realise that although he is attracted to girls, he is more attracted to his own sex.
The developing relationship between the two young men and their desire to be accepted by society, is the main focus of the book and is explored in a sensitive, straightforward manner.However, the relationships within their respective families remind us that while non-conventional relationships may be challenging in many ways, conventional relationships also have their pitfalls and the ability to turn sour.
Highly recommended for young adults.
Title: Invisibly Breathing
Author: Eileen Merriman
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Date of Publication: 2019
Reviewer’s name: Anabel McPhee, School librarian
School name: The Catlins Area School
How highly are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
First sentence: A prime number is divisible only by itself and by one.
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