All the invisible things

Orlagh Collins

Book - 2020

Moving back to London after four years, seventeen-year-old Vetty must navigate a summer of changing friendships and coming to terms with her bisexuality.

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Subjects
Genres
Bildungsromans
Published
New York : Bloomsbury 2020.
Language
English
Physical Description
356 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781681199504
1681199505
Main Author
Orlagh Collins (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

After being away from her childhood home and best friend for four years as a result of her mother's death, Helvetica is finally going back, after her father decides it's time for the family to return. While Vetty is happy about the move, she realizes time and distance has made her old neighborhood less comfortable than she remembered. On top of it all, she is trying to grasp what her burgeoning bisexuality means to her and attempting to define herself in a world full of labels. Collins writes a well-rounded character in Vetty, who's enduring many of the problems surrounding herself and her friends, old and new. She is confused, anxious, and flawed, which makes her all the more relatable to other teens discovering their own sexuality or trying on different labels to see how they fit. Along with this, Collins doesn't shy away from the more explicit thoughts and events teens are bound to witness, especially while on a similar journey, while keeping the most vital theme in mind: self-discovery and understanding. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

After being away from her childhood home and best friend for four years as a result of her mother's death, Helvetica is finally going back, after her father decides it's time for the family to return. While Vetty is happy about the move, she realizes time and distance has made her old neighborhood less comfortable than she remembered. On top of it all, she is trying to grasp what her burgeoning bisexuality means to her and attempting to define herself in a world full of labels. Collins writes a well-rounded character in Vetty, who's enduring many of the problems surrounding herself and her friends, old and new. She is confused, anxious, and flawed, which makes her all the more relatable to other teens discovering their own sexuality or trying on different labels to see how they fit. Along with this, Collins doesn't shy away from the more explicit thoughts and events teens are bound to witness, especially while on a similar journey, while keeping the most vital theme in mind: self-discovery and understanding. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 10 Up—It's been four years since Helvetica "Vetty" Lake's mother passed away, and her father moved the family to a new town. The time away was good for them, but it was always meant to be temporary, and now they are heading home. For Vetty, this means reuniting with her childhood best friend Pez, whom she lost touch with during their time apart. Vetty and Pez both changed over the years, with Vetty discreetly trying to figure out her sexuality and Pez having secrets of his own. Collins has crafted an intriguing story of family, friendship, and self-identity. The story is well written but unnecessarily broken down into five parts. Vetty's difficulty discovering her bisexuality and determining how to tell those in her life is done respectfully. The characters are all wonderfully crafted, and their relatable feelings aid the story. There are numerous realistic conversations about sex and porn, as well as a scene involving masturbation, making this a better choice for mature readers. VERDICT A solid story about a teen figuring out her sexuality.—Amanda Borgia, Uniondale Public Library, NY Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Moving back to London after four years, seventeen-year-old Vetty must navigate a summer of changing friendships and coming to terms with her bisexuality.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this contemporary YA for fans of Becky Albertalli, a girl decides to stop hiding her true identity, even if that means making things more complicated with her childhood best friend.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this contemporary YA for fans of Becky Albertalli, one girl decides it's time to be really be herself--but will that cost her the best friend who once meant everything to her?Ever since her mom died and her family moved to a new town four years ago, sixteen-year-old Vetty Lake has hidden her heart. She'd rather keep secrets than risk getting hurt--even if that means not telling anyone that she's pretty sure she's bisexual. But this summer, everything could change. Vetty and her family are moving back to her old neighborhood, right across the street from her childhood best friend Pez. Next to Pez, she always felt free and fearless. Reconnecting with him could be the link she needs to get back to her old self.Vetty quickly discovers Pez isn't exactly the boy she once knew. He has a new group of friends, a glamorous sort-of-girlfriend named March, and a laptop full of secrets. And things get even more complicated when she feels a sudden spark with March.As Vetty navigates her relationship with Pez and her own shifting feelings, one question looms: Does becoming the girl she longs to be mean losing the friendship that once was everything to her?