Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

Definitions of Indefinable Things

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 reassuri...


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TitleDefinitions of Indefinable Things
Author
Release DateApr 4th, 2017
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health, Romance, Mental Illness
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  • C.G. Drews
    1970-01-01
    Okay but just WOW this was one of those unexpected pockets of beautiful perfection that I can't love enough. I had no no idea I was going to fall so in love with this book. INSERT ALL THE HEART EYES AND THEN THE CRYING EYES AND THEN ME = A BUCKET OF APPRECIATION. The characters were complex amazingness and I laughed so hard I actually had to stop reading for a moment and collect myself.It's just exploding my heart that a book about people trying ...
  • may ❀
    1970-01-01
    book #4 done for the booktubeathon ✔I got me my tea and im ready to dish out a roast. I’m pretty much gonna be repeating the plot so yes SPOILERS AHEADFor the pros which are sadly few - I did enjoy the first 10% ish?? The humour was dark and made me laugh a few times. - Um, there was some talk about depression and emotions and coming to terms with grief and loss- there also was nice growth of friendship between reggie and clara and also with ...
  • Katerina Kondrenko
    1970-01-01
    6 out of 10 ***Review in Russian and a link to the blog to come***Short-Soundtrack:Stumgzeit - Beyond DepressedSNCKPCK – With You I Feel AliveNoah Guthrie - New BeginningGenre: r-contemp, YAStuff: depression, teen pregnancy, family stuffFail: the main topic is not my cup of teaWOW: wise thoughtsPOV: 1st person, femaleLove-Geometry: a weird oneQuote-Core: "Depression is only as complex as the person who’s defining it." I'm not a fan of teen-p...
  • Meli
    1970-01-01
    ¡YAY! ¡Sigamos romantizando las relaciones abusivas!¡YAY! ¡Sigamos estableciendo que ser depresivo es SÚPER COOL!¡YAY! ¡Sigamos declarando que los mentirosos pasivos-agresivos son galanazos y lo mejor a lo que puede aspirar una chica!Admito que disfruté del humor negro, pero esta novela tiene una de las relaciones juveniles más enfermizas que he leído. De verdad, me choca muchísimo. Los protagonistas se relacionan en base de agresión ...
  • Anna Priemaza
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    1970-01-01
    “But every indefinable thing has a beginning, and the beginning of understanding depression is simply this: You’re never as alone as you think you are.” This was a surprisingly refreshing story about depression. I feel like the story was uniquely presented and had a fresh take on such an important topic. We follow Reggie Mason and Snake Eliot, two teens with depression, as they meet and develop an unusual and compelling relationship. Thing...
  • Stacee
    1970-01-01
    I think 3 stars might be too high, but I really don't know how I feel about this book. There were a lot of things I didn't care for. I pretty much loathed Reggie. I did not like being in her head at all. I hated the underlined words, followed by a (see: {enter fake snark here}) that constantly happened. The take on depression was intriguing and entirely different than any other portrayal I've read. I don't know if that's good or bad. There were s...
  • Harker
    1970-01-01
    I only have my own experience with mental illness to go on and so cannot speak to how other people will interpret this novel's handling of that subject matter, but for my part Definitions of Indefinable Things was an interesting read that had some pitfalls, but overall managed to succeed in being a book that I would a) recommend and b) likely pick up again in the future.I started out liking Reggie and Snake, our two main characters. Sure they wer...
  • Chelsea
    1970-01-01
    I really didn’t expect to dislike this book as much as I did. YA contemporary is typically my favorite genre, but quite a few of the books in this category that I have read recently have been ranging from disappointing to just plain bad.This novel follows a teenage girl named Reggie who is dealing with depression. She meets a boy from her school, Snake, who is also dealing with depression while picking up her medication. You know what happens f...
  • Elizabeth Mathis
    1970-01-01
    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 reassuri...
  • Aneta Bak
    1970-01-01
    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 tha...
  • Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
    1970-01-01
    Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the CloudsGuys. GUYS. THIS BOOK. Ohmygod. Read it. Don't even read this review. Just go read this book. Please. Shoo. Go. You'll thank me later.NO NO NO WAIT, just kidding. Please read this review? You'll hurt my feelings if you don't and I'm very fragile right now after finishing this book. So please read this review, then go read this book, okay? Okay. Great. Because, seriously guys, this book was all kinds of ...
  • Colleen Scidmore
    1970-01-01
    "Despite his shaggy hair, I could see his eyes sparkling as they teased me. He was some piece of work (see: smug bastard)."This is a very thought provoking book. There's teen depression, pregnancy, extreme religion, and even LGBT relations. Depression is an issue that I understand the basic concepts of but Whitney Taylor has me seeing it in a whole new way so that I now realize how seriously debilitating it can be from the person effected to the ...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    1970-01-01
    **I received a complimentary copy of DEFINITIONS OF INDEFINABLE THINGS from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**DNFReading is my happy place, an escape. Joy. Life is too short to continue reading when I'm not having fun. Two depressed teens meet in a pharmacy while refilling their meds. How do we know they're depressed? Narrator Reggie, a female, keeps reminding every other page. Snake, a male and soon-to-be baby daddy, falls insta-love. ...
  • Atlas
    1970-01-01
    You're never as alone as you think you are* * 2 / 5Reggie Mason is depressed. She meets the equally, if not more so, depressed, nihilistic, terrible indie film-maker Snake. Snake's sort-of and entirely one-night-stand girlfriend Carla is seven months pregnant with his child. What intrigued me about Definitions of Indefinable Things is this entirely bizarre triad relationship and the scenes that involved this odd dynamic were definitely my favouri...
  • McKenna
    1970-01-01
    **This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**Overall, I liked it. It has a dark humor that encapsulates the experience of adolescence with mental illness. I thought the sharp quips were a little aggressive at times, which bugged me some; even with mental illness, I think it's important to recognize that having an illness doesn't excuse assholeish behavior towards someone, especially if its not acknowled...
  • Natalie Williamson
    1970-01-01
    I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this and can't wait to see the finished product. Hurry up, 2017!
  • Danielle
    1970-01-01
    So witty, sharp, and full of emotion! A slice-of-life look at two teens as they navigate love and family and psychiatric medications. :-) Sure to hit close to the heart for many readers.
  • Jordan Davidson
    1970-01-01
    If I learned anything from reading this, it's that I think I've officially outgrown YA. This book is pretty much a symbol of everything that is popular, and everything that is wrong with, YA: hamfisted attempts at approaching complex and serious topics, "edgy" characters who are just grating pretentious jerks, and an overarching heavy "issue" theme added to make the book Relevant and Important with Something to Say to Start a Conversation about w...
  • Yaredi Pizano
    1970-01-01
    Nos muestra cómo afecta la depresión no sólo a la persona que la padece sino a los que están a su alrededor y que muchas veces no lo entienden, lo ven como si solo quisieran llamar la atención, pero no es así , la depresión es una enfermedad que te consume lentamente, te drena emocionalmente. A veces se logra salir de ella otras veces no, muchas veces se trata de encontrar la solución de mil maneras, pero la realidad es que la única mane...
  • Samantha Boudreau
    1970-01-01
    I won this book at Teen Book Fest with a friend as an ARC, I dived into this book with no clue what it was going to be about and loved it. Reggie says everything that people are thinking and so realistic on things she made me laugh. Definitely recommend this to other people.
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    1970-01-01
    This was a story of clinically depressed girl meeting a clinically depressed boy, whose burgeoning romance was complicated by the boy's pregnant girlfriend. For me, this book did not fit neatly into the romance category. I felt that it was more a story of Reggie coming to terms with her depression, and perhaps beginning to make her way out of it. When I first met Reggie, this is the image that popped into my head:Reggie was angsty and wore an arm...
  • Candace
    1970-01-01
    Some people may be put off by this book because it's not one of the many fairytale rewrites so common and instead is a very realistic look at depression. However for those who take the time, they will find that Taylor has done a very good job of interjecting just the right amount of humor into the book and touches the reader with her honesty and openness in discussing depression.Two of the three main characters in this book have depression. (See ...
  • Gem
    1970-01-01
    You know that feeling when you desperately want to hate a book yet, no, you like it. With all of its cliches and deep thoughts and flaws. That's how I felt about this book. There was this certain depth to the story, a story which I thought was just another teenage angsty story, but nope. I loved how this tackled depression, however not so deep into the premise as I would have like to. But I can see how the author was really trying hard to convey ...
  • - ̗̀ jess ̖́-
    1970-01-01
    I received this ARC from Chapters Indigo. While I think that this book was good in some ways, it was also very, very, frustrating to read. First of all, I didn't like Reggie that much. I feel like she was far too aggressive, disrespectful, and rude most of the time for me to like reading from her perspective. It seemed kind of unrealistic how she acted towards most people, actually, and how they still liked her, because when I'm pissy towards peo...
  • Karen (^ v ^)
    1970-01-01
    So close to 5 stars I don't know whether to give it or not. Like 4.75 ?? I loved so many things about this book. It has so many quotable lines I just want to rip out the pages and plaster it all over my walls.I've read several books now where both the mc and their love interest has depression, and it's never a pretty road to the end of the book. I loved Snake and Reggie and their narcissistic unrelenting sarcasm that's really just hiding the pai...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    Wow, what a pleasant surprise! I loved how raw Reggie's emotions were and despite not having a diagnosis of depression myself, I could still resonate her experiences with her mental health condition.I must admit this was a little bit cliché at times but had fantastic character development. Polka was a precious cinnamon roll and I just want to hug him! Also, I'm majorly craving twizzlers right now, ahahaha.