Definitions of Indefinable Things

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Author: Taylor, Whitney

Brand: HMH Books for Young Readers


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Number Of Pages: 336

Release Date: 04-04-2017

Details: Product Description 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. From School Library Journal Gr 8 Up—In her engaging debut, Taylor skillfully captures adolescent depression and anxiety. Reggie, 17, feels alienated from her religious family after enduring several serious losses. Feeling emotionally abandoned, she is determined never to be hurt again. While picking up her Zoloft prescription, Reggie meets fellow teen Snake, who is in line for his Prozac. At first she is extremely resistant to Snake's attention, but he pursues her relentlessly. She eventually succumbs to his charms, but that's only the beginning of a very complicated relationship. Reggie's queen bee classmate Carla is pregnant, and Snake, it turns out, is the father. The three teens' tenuous connections periodically strain, break, and heal as they realistically stumble their way toward a sort of friendship and, ultimately, happiness. The main characters are well drawn and unique. The secondary characters are less so, but this doesn't lower the overall quality of this novel's insightful portrayal of complex teens struggling with mental health issues. VERDICT An emotionally engrossing and powerful exploration of depression and healing that many teens will find meaningful. A strong choice for libraries serving teens.—Susan Riley, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY Review "...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 About the Author 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 her on Twitter @WhitneyTayy, and on Instagram @whitneytaylor4.

EAN: 9780544805040

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: New