Definitions of Indefinable Things

Definitions of Indefinable Things

Book - 2017
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Follows three teens in a small town whose lives intersect in ways they never expected, teaching them that there are no one-size-fits-all definitions of depression, friendship, and love.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780544805040
Branch Call Number: YA FIC
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 23, 2021

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor is a book filled with a rollercoaster of emotions. It is a gravitating book, to say the least as I simply couldn’t put it down. It was interesting to see Reggie, the main protagonist travel through her life and the endeavours she had to go through as well, whether that was meeting Snake Eliot, another protagonist or attempting a friendship with Carla Banks. Taylor manages to speak on issues that still face teens to this day, especially mental health [in this current pandemic], through the depression of Snake and Reggie and how they face it in a real, and raw way. The message throughout this book is that it’s okay to struggle with yourself as the mind is a vast place, filled with millions of thoughts and I agree with the concept entirely. This book is for 14+, high school-aged students as it follows the characters who are in high school themselves (11th grade) and individuals may be able to relate to something within the plot. Taylor also conveyed 3 unlikeable characters at the beginning, but by the end, the reader may adore one or all. It truly is a rollercoaster and that’s why, overall, the book is an excellent read and it really allows you to delve deep within it and truly connect with all the characters. 4/5 stars
@tigercats04 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

JCLHebahA Jun 17, 2019

This one was a messy, complicated sort of story, not quite a romance as the cover makes it look. There's a love story in it, but it's as much about learning to engage with the world when everything feels too much. Protagonist Reggie's cynical, emotionally distant voice was what drew me into the story to begin with. The "OK for now" ending suited its material. I overall liked it.

JCLChrisK Jan 08, 2018

An engaging look at a teen struggling with depression. Reggie pushes everyone away as cruelly as she can, afraid of the hurt that can come from connection and caring. Then she encounters an equally depressed boy who understands and sees through her mask of hatred, and everything begins to change. Not easily, of course, because he happens to be the secret father of a classmate and coworker's soon-to-be-born baby. Their interactions, perspectives, and reactions all feel genuine as they negotiate these relationship complexities. Nothing is straightforward or simple, but there might be more to life than depression and loneliness. Might.

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