Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Genre: YA, Contemporary 
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Synopsis:  This heartbreaking, humorous novel is about three teens whose lives intersect in ways they never expected. 

Reggie Mason is all too familiar with "the Three Stages of Depression." She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in. 

Reggie encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. Snake’s presence, while reassuring, is not exactly stable—especially since his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.

My Rating
4/5 stars

My Review
Definitions of Indefinable Things was such a beautiful novel. It's sarcastic, funny, deep and emotional. I loved it from beginning to end.

Reggie is depressed, she is moody, sassy, and will tell you exactly why she doesn't like you. The last thing Reggie expected, was to meet a boy at the pharmacy. Snake has to start a part time job, and when he runs into his new co-worker Reggie, he can't stop himself about asking her out. The only problem is that Snake is having a baby with Reggie's old co-worker Carla. Even though Reggie and Snake are getting better in dealing with their depression together, Reggie knows that they can't end up together, not with a baby on the way.

Honestly, I was completely surprised about how much I liked this book. I'm usually not a huge fan of this type of contemporary books, but I read an excerpt and the writing instantly had me hooked. 

Reggie was a fantastic main character, it was great to read in her point of view and see exactly how she deals with her situation. While putting up a tough girl front on the outside, we also get to see the sad and lonely girl on the inside. There were so many moment where Reggie's story really hit me in the feels. I could definitely sympathize with her, and understand why she was acting the way she was. Her character development throughout the book was absolutely great.

The other characters in the story were all very unique and I enjoyed most of them. Snake wasn't my favourite character ever, but I really enjoyed reading about him and Reggie together, just to see how much they helped each other and how happy it made them. I really did love Carla's story, I haven't read a book about teen pregnancy, but I was so happy with the way her character development went, her story really impressed me. The one character I wish we got to see more of was Polka, he was hilarious and probably my favourite character in this book, I would have loved to read more about him.

The plot of the story was fairly good. While there wasn't too much action in the beginning of the book, the book had a fantastic climax, and I could not put the book down once I got about half way in. The author did such an amazing job making the story interesting, and keeping the reader entertained.

There wasn't a lot of world building, especially since we mostly see the main characters at school, work or at their houses. The descriptions were a bit bland, and I definitely couldn't picture myself in the story.

Overall, it was still a wonderful story, and I definitely recommend it to any contemporary lover. This book will definitely hit you in the feels and you'll probably stay up all night reading it.

Happy Reading,


  1. What a cute cover! I'm so glad you enjoyed this book :) Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. Thanks for reading my review. Means a lot :)


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