Dusty Book: Every Visible Thing by Lisa Carey

From the Booklist review of Every Visible Thing: After her older brother’s mysterious disappearance, 15-year-old Lena spirals into delinquency and ultimately does “the worst thing in [her] life”—running away without telling anyone why or where. It’s the culmination of both her resentment toward her distracted parents and her own, secret investigation of the missing-person case, a scheme that finds her dressing as a boy and penetrating the local punk scene.

Youngest child Owen, now 10, reacts no less powerfully to his brother’s loss, his sense of abandonment by his withdrawn family as raw as his confusion over his emerging homosexuality. Both Lena’s and Owen’s points of view braid together in Carey’s nonlinear narrative to convincingly portray a family’s slow unraveling.

 

 

 

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Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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