All the Invisible Things

All the Invisible Things

All the Invisible Things
Orlagh Collins

Bloomsbury YA

ISBN 9781408888339

A warm, witty, important story about being a young woman today, and what it's like to find a real connection amid all the noise. Perfect for fans of Holly Bourne and Laura Steven's The Exact Opposite of Okay. With Pez, the days felt endless - cycling, climbing trees, sucking sour sweets till our tongues burned. I'd give anything to be that girl again. For four years Vetty Lake has been keeping her heart in hiding. Since her mum died and her family moved out of London it's felt so much safer not to tell people how she really feels. She's never even told anyone she's attracted to girls as well as boys. But now Vetty's seventeen and coming back to London she's determined to start living out loud. She's convinced that reconnecting with her childhood best friend Pez is the key. She was always fearless around him. But when she sees Pez again, he's different. Guarded. It's like their special connection never existed. And suddenly Vetty's sure he's been hiding too...

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All the Invisible Things5/5

All the Invisible Things

Orlagh Collins


For the four years since her mum died, Vetty and her family have been living with family, but now it is time for them to return to their home in London. For those four years Vetty has been keeping her heart hidden, is it now time to expose it? She has never told anyone she is attracted to girls but she hopes that going back to her best friend Pez will help her have the courage to do so.

Reunions, though, often do not go as planned and this is the case for Vetty and Pez as Vetty soon realises that the way you treat people during a separation often has a bearing on the reconnection. Pez is different from the carefree, fearless boy she left. He is more guarded, interested in girls and seems to be keeping a big secret himself. Alongside this he is struggling with the breakdown of his parents' relationship, whilst Vetty is surrounded by memories of her mum and the loss she still feels after her death.

This is a superbly written coming-of-age story with major issues covered within it. Vetty attempts to come out to her aunt who misinterprets her and assumes she is a lesbian rather than bisexual. The use of online pornography and the impact this has on the entire group of friends is carefully portrayed.

I enjoyed the story, finding it a warm and engaging portrayal of late teenage dilemmas and first love. The characters are fully rounded, Vetty,s little sister Arial is the epitome of the annoying younger sister at times but evokes true empathy at others.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books by authors such as Lisa Williamson and Juno Dawson.

356 pages / Ages 14+ / Reviewed by Sharon Bolton, school librarian

Reviewed by: Sharon Bolton