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AUTHOR: Orlagh Collins
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury
DATE: 2019
PAGES: 320

All the Invisible Things

by Orlagh Collins

Vetty’s family is moving back to London, and all she can think about is seeing Pez again. They were inseparable when they were small – roaming the city in the long summers, sharing everything. But everyone’s telling her it’ll be different now. After all, a boy and a girl can’t really be friends without feelings getting in the way, can they?

Vetty thinks differently … until Pez tells her she’s ‘not like other girls’. But what does that even mean? Is it a good thing or not? Suddenly she’s wondering whether she wants him to see her like the others – like the ultra-glamorous March, who’s worked some sort of spell on Pez, or the girls in the videos that Pez has hidden on his laptop.

How can she measure up to them? And who says that’s what a girl is supposed to be like anyway?


A main character (Vetty) identifies as bisexual on-page.


“It’s after midnight but I can’t sleep. I open my laptop and type BISEXUAL into Google. 194,000,000 results in 0.93 seconds. OK …I scan the Wikipedia definition – sexually attracted to both men and women – tick. I then move on to articles underneath that talk about definitions and advice and dos and don’ts and coming-out tips, until I land on an Am I Bisexual? quiz and even though I know the answer I click on it and start scrolling through the simple questions, taking care to be as honest as I can.”
— Orlagh Collins, All the Invisible Things

“”And everything I didn’t want to feel just confirmed how real all those feelings are. Truth is, I’m pretty sure I’m bisexual.” It’s the first time I’ve said the word aloud like this and it hangs in the air between us. I wait for it to hit the ground, but it floats off like a feather ”
— Orlagh Collins, All the Invisible Things


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