All the Invisible Things

Bloomsbury. Mar. 2020. 368p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781681199504.
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.

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