Friday, March 31, 2017

Book review - Definitions of Indefinable Things

Title: Definitions of Indefinable Things
Author: Whitney Taylor
Genre: realistic fiction
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it grew on me

Summary (provided by publisher): Reggie isn’t really a romantic: she’s been hurt too often, and doesn’t let people in as a rule. Plus, when you’re dealing with the Three Stages of Depression, it’s hard to feel warm and fuzzy. When Reggie meets Snake, though, he doesn’t give her much of a choice. Snake has a neck tattoo, a Twizzler habit, and a fair share of arrogance, but he’s funny, charming, and interested in Reggie.   Snake also has an ex-girlfriend who's seven months pregnant. Good thing Reggie isn’t a romantic.  Definitions of Indefinable Things follows three teens as they struggle to comprehend love, friendship, and depression—and realize one definition doesn’t always cover it.

My opinion: It's a risky move, making your protagonist aggressively abrasive. Reggie goes out of her way to make herself unlikable. It is to Taylor's credit, then, that Reggie is ultimately a likeable characters. Even before we witness her vulnerabilities there is something charming about the way she calls out people about their failings, doesn't let anyone get away with anything I also admire the presentation of mental illness here. We are presented with two clinically depressed teens. They are medicated. They don't get "fixed" or reject conventional treatment. They are miserable, just tying to find a away to hold on to a slightly less miserable existence. They don't aim for "normal", just functional.  While the secondary characters lack much depth, it's a relatively enjoyable read.

More Information: Definitions of Indefinable Things releases April 4.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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