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All the Invisible Things

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  93 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Bloomsbury YA (first published March 7th 2019)
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Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Ohhhh this book! This is the book I desperately needed as a teenager. I'm so glad for all the teen girls who can read it now - especially (but not only) the bi girls who feel so confused because they don't know how to fit into the labels they see all around them. There were so many pages I dog-eared as I read (something I almost never do!) because lines on them resonated SO deeply in ways I'd never seen represented in fiction before, and they meant so much to me.

This is a book about all of our

Many thanks to Bloomsbury YA for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

aww, my ARC doesn't have the pretty cover


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Chris C
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic coming-of-age story set in Britain dealing with sexuality, mental health, death and the grieving process and generally finding your identity in a world full of labels.

Great to read not only a female-led LGBT book but specifically one with a bi character. For me, it was a really refreshing take on what has come before. I really connected with Vetty and her struggles. She was flawed in so many ways that made her feel all the more real.

I was sure at around 80% through that I knew how
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Helvetica has never quite felt herself since her mother passed away after her cancer diagnosis and her father relocated his young family from London to Somerset, exchanging the vibrant city for a cottage retreat. Living in Somerset, the family are now returning to London to resume their lives, including seeing Peregrine once more. Helvetica and Peregrine were childhood friends, neighbours and adventurers but have since lost contact.

Since the loss of her mother, Helvetica has adapted into a
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the invisible things. I would give this book a 3.5/4 star rating. I was so glad to see a bisexual character in the book, most books seem to miss out the B in LGBTQ+. I found the book quite hard to get into and nothing kind of happened til the middle but once it got to the middle I was hooked and finished the book as quickly as possible. I absolutely adore the author of this book and proudly own No Filter. I did enjoy this book and look forward to more books from Orlagh in the future. Thanks ...more
Anna Banana
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-reads
What a great read! This is definitely a book that needed to be written and something that will be so important to so many young and confused teens out there that need to be seen or heard. All the Invisible Things touches upon so many important topics and it made me feel so, so much in just a few hundred pages.

I will say that I think I went into this book with expectations that weren't exactly met. I thought this book would be this deep but yet romantic love story about a girl named Vetty who
c, (½ of readsrainbow)
hello im crying i love this a whole lot

Rep: bi mc, black biracial side characters, Indian side character
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- bookish pet peeve: pop culture references
- i wish for many sub genres to be made clear within ya contemporary, like drama, romance, satire ... *cough cough* slice of life
- which in case you arent familiar, slice of life is quite literal, a slice of the life of the narrator or story is told .. with not much plot
- Listen this is just ... quite slow
- so slow that I almost want to suggest Skipping straight to the halfway mark and continuing from there
- I didnt really manage my
Lexi // libraryoflexi
High 3.5 - 4 stars!
Massive thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Okay this book definitely did not take the road I was expecting it to but I enjoyed it. This story will resonate with a lot of younger (and older) YA readers that are still trying to find their way in this world, or those who have been there, done that. Either way it will definitely hit you right in the feels.

I enjoyed Vetty as the MC. She felt real and down to earth. Trying to mend old
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This book had a great premise, and the representation is definitely important, but overall I felt as though it was kind of a mess.

None of the characters felt particularly likeable, the friendship between Vetty and Pez was unbelievable at times and I felt like the majority of the secondary characters were stereotypes who werent given much life.

There was simultaneously so much going on and nothing happening at all, to the point where I was bored for almost the entire book... and that includes the
A copy of this novel was provided by Bloomsbury Australia for review.

The first thing you need to know about All the Invisible Things is that the main character, Vetty, is bisexual! And the word is used on the page, bless. The discussion around bisexuality in the book is pretty cisnormative but I did read an early review copy so Im not sure if that was changed later on. Even so, I was so glad to have a young bi girl main character that is sure of her sexuality because even though I recognise the
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All The Invisible Things is a powerful and warm YA novel about finding real connections with people and being honest. HelveticaVettymoved from London to Somerset after her mum died, leaving behind her best friend Pez and her ability to feel comfortable as herself. Now she's seventeen and moving back to London with her dad and younger sister, but she's hiding the secret of the fact she likes boys and girls, and she's not spoken to Pez in years. Back in London, Pez seemed different, their ...more
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
All The Invisible Things follows Vetty, as she returns to her childhood home and friend, having spent the last four years away. Vetty isnt the only one who has changed though and everything is different. All The Invisible Things was a great book about grief, change and having to courage to be yourself.

This was different to what I had expected from the blurb on the ARC going in. Its not different in a bad way, but it tackles some deeper topics, whereas the blurb frames it as more of a
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
really considering giving this book 1 star, but I know thats only because it was not what I was expecting at all.

think I should mention this first, I HATE reading about sex, and if I knew how much it was mentioned, I probably wouldn't have read this book. I do think it raised some important discussions, but I just don't enjoy reading about this stuff.

I'm pretty sure this book takes place in like 2017-18 because that's when stranger things 2 was released. and I am so confused about how no one
Maddie Browse
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, contemporary, ya, 2019, lgbt
I'm not crying, I swear I'm not crying!! This book is absolutely beautiful and I'm a little obsessed!
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging story, with interesting characters.
Kathryn Murphy
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell early for Vetty (and her family) and was with her all the way. This is a contemporary YA addressing big issues, but Collins has a lightness of touch that exudes warmth and Vetty's challenges feel real and relatable. The interaction between her, the elder sibling with too much responsibility, and her little sister, Arial, is particularly well handled. Pez, while a slow-thaw, was a revelation for me. I loved it.
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"It takes a lot of bravery just to be ourselves."

I feel authors like Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan and some others paved the way for queer rep novels. Once upon a time, there was wayy less diversity and no PoC (person of colour) or LGBTQ+ rep in books, but Im so glad that things are finally changing! *happy dance*

So, weve our protagonist, Helvetica (yes, like the font 😉 ) a.k.a Vetty who is shifting back to London, a few
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't stop thinking about this beautiful book. A wonderfully tender and moving story about self-acceptance, bravery, grief and honesty. I also LOVED that it focused on the mundane, ordinary stuff. A coming-of-age and coming out story that I really wish had been around in my teens. It has a piece of my heart!
Karen Barber
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Vetty is taking time to work out how she feels about all sorts of things. It was easier when she was younger: her mother was alive, her best friend knew her instinctively and she didnt have to worry about people trying to label her.
For the last few years theyve lived in Somerset with her aunt, struggling to come to terms with losing mum. Now the family are moving back to London and Vetty is trying to pick up where she left off.
Some of the initial interactions we watched Vetty have were very
Tamsin Winter
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved the cinematic writing style and could not put this contemporary YA novel down. Vetty's character was sweet and real, as are all the other characters. The relationships are painfully real and the relationship between Vetty and March was particularly moving and again, really positive in the way March handles Vetty's revelation. Loved the positive messages about sexuality and growing up in this book and I was in tears towards the end. Another brilliantly funny and heartwarming book ...more
Katie Hurse
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ended up being so pleasantly surprised by this book, perhaps most of all because I really, really didn't like No Filter. This book stands up all on its own, though (I think it was at about 30-40% that I started to feel this way though, the start is a little slow). It does some really important stuff and focuses on some taboo topics, namely masturbation (for both genders), porn & addiction. It also does a lot for the discussion of sexuality (particularly, though not exclusively, bisexuality). ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, queer, 2019
I thought this book did a really great job exploring the feelings of teenagers around identity and friendship. It touches on so many subjects and in a sensible and sensitive way. I wish this book had existed when I was a teenager.
Ellie Mae Taylor
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stunning book that manages to perfectly balance the important topics with lighter moments. Brilliantly written with a very realistic feel to everything that takes place.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
Trust me, nobody is sadder than me about my rating.

This book is about Vetty who is moving back to London after having moved to Somerset a few years prior after her mum died. She lost touch with her best friend Pez, and wants to reconnect, but isn't sure how to go about it. Ultimately, this is a coming-of-age and coming out story, and whilst there are some really great aspects of this book, it just missed the mark for me.

Let's start with the positives though: I really loved how frank and open
Brooklyn Tayla
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Finn Longman
Hmm. To be honest, I'm not really sure what to say in a review of this one. I liked elements of it, particularly the honest discussion of bisexuality and the various ways people invalidate that even while trying to be supportive, as well as the frank and open discussions about teenage concerns to do with body hair, sex, and so on.

On the other hand, it wasn't really what I was expecting from the blurb I remember reading on NetGalley; I thought it would have a bigger focus on friendship (which,
Hope Worth
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay can we all just take a second and appreciate the cover
Okay now thats done
I am OBSESSED with this book 😩

I pounded through it in a day between chores, work, and sleep.. I literally couldnt put it down.

Characters are a funny things. They speak to you from different angles, like Hermione from her intelligence and Luna from her uniqueness and Ron from his humour. But Vetty and Pez...they hit me from every corner. A bisexual girl, a friend, daughter, sister, teenager...a vulnerable boy,
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 21, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ ~60 pages in.

I was bored and nothing really interested me enough to want to keep reading.
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