Indestructible: Growing Up Queer, Cuban, and Punk in Miami By Cristy C. Road

Of the three adjectives in the subtitle, I roughly fall in with one of them, but this short remembrance of Cristy Road’s formative adolescent years is still a relatable and enjoyable read due to the basic human drives explored by the book. This publication marks the third edition of Indestructible, originally published in 2004. Beginning with Cristy’s eleventh birthday, this collection of anecdotes and reflection goes through to the last years of her high school career. Cristy’s examination of her burgeoning sexuality in these years is especially intense. While I wouldn’t say my personal path is parallel in terms of the particulars, the feelings of frustration and confusion Cristy conveys in coming to a comfortable and frank place with her personal sexual identity succeeds. She makes her journey relatable in broad strokes to those of us who made it through high school while trying to negotiate our place in the world through punk lenses. An especially enjoyable bonus are the copious, dynamic, thick-lined illustrations included throughout the book, that while are distinctly identifiable as Cristy Road’s work, also have enough effortless cool to pass for lost chapters of Love & Rockets.

As different of an experience as Cristy had from my own growing up, this quote from near the book’s end cuts close to the heart of punk’s appeal across boundaries about as well as anything else I’ve ever read: “My subculture wasn’t out to prove compassion without limitations. My subculture was never perfect, but for me—it gave me that extra push.” –Adrian Salas (Microcosm, 2752 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR, 97227, microcosmpublishing.com)