Definitions Of Indefinable Things by Whitney TaylorDefinitions Of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

Definitions Of Indefinable Things

byWhitney Taylor

Hardcover | April 4, 2017

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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 alwayscover it.
Whitney Taylor is a YA writer who only speaks one language - fangirl. When she's not devouring books, she spends here time taking selfies, obssesing over any TV show with a love triangle, and eating too much McDonald's. She's an English and Psychology major from Virginia who likes to pretend she's a supermodel from New York City. Visit...
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Title:Definitions Of Indefinable ThingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.13 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544805046

ISBN - 13:9780544805040

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gave me all the feels! I kind of really liked this book. And I don't usually like contemporary romance novels. The book also dealt with quite a few issues. It started off strong and I really liked both characters, Reggie and Snake. Then it kinda got repetitive and boring shortly after, but luckily that didn't last long. It takes a while before the reason why Reggie is Reggie is revealed to us. Until that point, the reader is left wondering if it will be mentioned soon or if that's what the book is leading up to. Overall I really liked the style of writing. It felt so real. I resonated a lot with the characters. Admittedly, I had a love-hate relationship with the two main characters and there were a few characters I outright did not like (ie Karen). Throughout the book, you really get to see why all the characters behave the way they do. There is a lot of great character development. I wish we got to see a little more of Polka. He was one of my favourite characters. The one thing that made this book go from a 3/3.5 to a 4 was the emotion. It gave me ALL the feels. Like, I was ugly crying towards the end. Fair warning, don't read this book without some tissues nearby!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Snarky and funny and beautiful and honest "How does anyone know they're depressed? You feel equally alive and dead and have no idea how that's even possible. And everything around you doesn't seem so full anymore. And you can't tell if the world is empty or you are. That's how I knew. I realized it wasn't the world that was empty." DEFINITIONS OF INDEFINABLE THINGS is snarky and funny and beautiful and honest. Reggie Mason has depression, and she talks about all elements of it--the symptoms, the drugs, the side effects, the therapy, the impact on day-to-day life--with frankness and humour and pain. The entire book is basically one brilliantly sarcastic witticism after another, and every sentence simultaneously makes you laugh out loud and also want to wrap all these characters in a bear hug. Though I'd want to wrap Reggie, Carla, and Snake all in bear hugs regardless, because they are all just so flawed and quirky and lovable and REAL. Their struggles--whether with depression or loneliness or pregnancy or family--are both heartbreaking and empowering; they're dealing with such hard things, but their lives aren't tragedies to be fixed. Their lives are just their lives, and they cry and joke and scream and laugh and live day-to-day the same way we all do, even when we're struggling. It was no surprise to me that I loved this book, because a book that talks about mental health as candidly as this is always going to have a place in my heart: "So, what are you on?" he asked. "Zoloft." "Clinical? Obsessive? Panic?" "Clinical." "Me too. Another thing we have in common."
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Messy and Beautiful THOUGHTS: I don’t feel that I can review this book in my usual format or critique it for the usual criteria. My reading experience can’t be summed up that way, so I’m going to try something different. -I really, honestly enjoyed Definition of Indefinable Things and I think others will too, but I don’t think it will be for everyone. The voices on these pages are so strong and so distinct that they will deeply resonate with the right people. -My descriptions aren’t going to do her justice but I can’t wait to read more by Whitney Taylor, and that says something. -I laughed often, and for me, that’s always the sign of a good book. -There are a lot of parentheses, and I loved them. -Reggie’s story is awkward, messy, raw, and beautiful – just like life. That’s why it was so great because it was written like a real experience, organically and without a hard beginning or end. I think it stirred up all my feelings because I could relate to each character in some way. My struggles with depression have never been like Reggie’s but I could still see myself in her and I think others will as well. -I’m not a teen anymore but all the stuff about lives intersecting in surprising ways and accepting that we can’t fit life into neat, little, manageable boxes – is still relevant to me now. So don’t write it off as another high school-teen-drama-contemporary! (I’m bad for that) -I said I wasn’t going to touch on the regular criteria but for those of you that just need to know… The pace was right, the characters developed over time, and it was only predictable in the way that life itself is predictable. (ie. life is ironic and the universe has a sense of humor, or if it can go wrong it will) -Taylors writing is in a league of its own, and I’m going to finish off this review by sharing some of my favorite passages. If they don’t convince you to read this book, nothing I say will. “It may have just been in my head, but I felt like I was third-wheeling it hard. Like, as hard a girl on New Year’s Eve who watches her friends make out as she drinks tequila and plots what size apartment to rent to fit all twelve of her cats” “I looked away right as more lighting exploded, rosy hues kissing the gray. The flashes were like light bulbs across the atmosphere, like the gods were paparazzi taking pictures of the lost and broken little humans wandering aimlessly beneath their thumbs” “How does anyone know they’re depressed? You feel equally alive and dead and have no idea how that’s even possible. And everything around you doesn’t seem so full anymore. And you can’t tell if the world is empty or you are. That’s how I knew. I realized it wasn’t the world that was empty” And there’s a beautiful part at the bottom of page 225 but I’ll let you find it yourself, it was my favorite. There are many more I’d love to share because they made me laugh or resonated with me but I don’t want to spoil the whole experience for you. How about this, if you read it send me a message and let’s talk about our favorite moments.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Definitions of Indefinable Things is a teen romance novel that deals with some heavy topics. Reading the summary, it seemed like Definitions could have gone very wrong, but I felt it dealt with the subjects really well. Reggie is a teen girl dealing with depression. She thinks her best chance is to shut people out - but Snake, a boy also dealing with depression, slowly breaks down her defences. Personally, I like Reggie - she’s a flawed character, sure, but I find her to be very relatable. The insta-love aspect, while one sided, still exists - but due to Snake’s personality, it actually makes sense. One thing I adored about Definitions was the writing. Written from Reggie’s POV, the writing is so realistic and exactly fits Reggie’s personality. Reggie’s biting sarcasm makes for some really humorous moments - both in dialogue and commentary. Another really unique thing about Definitions is that every so often, it will ‘define’ a word or phrase from Reggie’s POV: We drifted away from Snake’s house and my family (see: ragtag team of psychos) I love it! It’s really unique and quirky and fit’s Reggie perfectly. Definitions doesn’t try to romanticize mental illness. It doesn’t censor parts of Reggie’s fight with depression, and it shows how it affects all aspects of her life. This is almost groundbreaking for the YA genre, which as a rule doesn’t tend to deal with heavier topics like this. It was really well done in Definitions. A summary: Reread value: 9/10 Unique points: 8/10 - some cliched scenes, but Snake and Reggie made fun of the cliched-ness Diversity: 8/10 - while mainly white characters, does feature a homosexual couple (Snake’s parents) and provide much-needed representation for mental illness. Character Believability: 9.5/10 5 stars
Date published: 2017-03-19

Editorial Reviews

? Offbeat romance, sarcastic humor, and the philosophy of life come together in a flying bildungsroman that is both touching and entertaining in its exploration of the internal conflicts of the human condition. With plain but evocative prose and a pair of ceaselessly endearing protagonists, Definitions of Indefinable Things is perfect for readers of middle school age and above." -VOYA "Taylor portrays depression with complexity in this authentic, often confrontational debut? " -Publishers Weekly "An emotionally engrossing and powerful exploration of depression and healing that many teens will find meaningful." -School Library Journal " A compelling exploration of mental illness." -Kirkus "