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Definitions of Indefinable Things

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  970 ratings  ·  263 reviews
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, ind
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Bookish Bella I wouldn't recommend it to a 12 yr old . It has things a 12yr old won't understand.
Brooks I think that it would be fine! It does have a couple instances of strong language, but depending on the maturity of the teenager it would be fine.

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C.G. Drews
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 to feel made me feel so much.

It's about depression
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may ❀
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 AHEAD

For 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 reggie and polka
- yeah that’s it

Okay time to dig into
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Katerina Kondrenko
6 out of 10

***Review in Russian and a link to the blog to come***

Short-Soundtrack:
Stumgzeit - Beyond Depressed
SNCKPCK – With You I Feel Alive
Noah Guthrie - New Beginning

Genre: r-contemp, YA
Stuff: depression, teen pregnancy, family stuff
Fail: the main topic is not my cup of tea
WOW: wise thoughts
POV: 1st person, female
Love-Geometry: a weird one

Quote-Core:
"Depression is only as complex as the person who’s defining it."

I'm not a fan of teen-pregnancy books or school stories or angsty romances b
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Meli
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, de-lo-peor
¡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 constante, no es simpático, no es socarrón, es violento y abus
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Anna Priemaza
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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 im
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Amanda
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor Book Review
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This is a story about two depressed teenagers as they struggle to find happiness and love. Reggie is a depressed teenage girl who meets Snake at a pharmacy while they both pick up their depression meds. These two lonely souls strike up an unlikely romance that is challenged by the fact that a pregnant girlfriend. Filled with betrayal, hopelessness and ultimately love, this story is about two teens struggling to find any
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Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“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.

Things I Liked :
I really enjoyed the humor that was all thro
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Stacee
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 some sweet moments and some great pieces of banter.
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Chelsea
Jun 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star
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 from there.

I’ll be nice and start off with the things
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Bee
Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds

Guys. 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 amazing. And I really didn't expect it to be at al
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Elizabeth Mathis
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-girl
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Aneta Bak
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
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-work
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
**I received a complimentary copy of DEFINITIONS OF INDEFINABLE THINGS from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**

DNF
Reading 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. They're snarky, quirky and fairly unlikable.

This
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Colleen Scidmore
"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 loved ones and friends surrounding this person. Bu
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Atlas
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
You're never as alone as you think you are

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2 / 5


Reggie 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 favourites. Unfortunately, I found the book to be unbeara
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Kevin Malone
Sep 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
yeah no thanks
Jordan Davidson
Jun 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 whatever issue of the week YA has decided to addres ...more
McKenna
**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 acknowledged as being hurtful either at the present time or
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Bel Riddle
- Te queda bien.
- Qué cosa?
- La depresión.

¿Cómo reseño un libro que tiene ese diálogo? Además, presenta:
Relación tóxica.
Romantización de la depresión.
Chica conoce chico y no tiene más enfermedad mental.
ROMANTIZACION DE LA DEPRESION.
Personajes crueles sin sentido y sin coherencia.
"El pibe capaz es malo por la depresión. O no, capaz simplemente es un forro. No se sabe."
Personajes mentirosos, manipuladores, que no hacen nada bien en todo el libro.
“Yo soy mejor que todos y por eso sufro, porqu
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Alexa
*A copy of this book was provided to me by Raincoast Books*

I'm abandoning this book.

I've read about 100 pages and I'm still not interested. So far it's an average YA story and I'm getting nothing out of it. Also, the main character is annoying, cynical and obnoxious and I don't want to waste my time.

Natalie Williamson
I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this and can't wait to see the finished product. Hurry up, 2017!
Danielle
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
- ̗̀  jess  ̖́-
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 people Because Depression, people tend to never speak
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Lily ☁️
DNF at 24%. I actually enjoyed the main character Reggie’s narrative voice immensely, and her experience of depression was well-portrayed. However, I just can’t bring myself to continue, because I absolutely detest Snake (view spoiler), and not even the witty banter he shares with Reggie can offset my profound aversion to him.

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Yaredi Pizano
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, my-bookshelf
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 manera de combatirla está en nosotros mismos, nadie puede sacar ...more
Samantha Boudreau
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)
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 armor of sarcasm. She struggled to see the good in an
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Candace
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 plot summary above.) This is a great plot point be
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Gem
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, young-adult
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 to the reader on how it is like being depressed. A ...more
Katy Upperman
I loved everything about this forthcoming contemporary YA debut, but particularly main character Reggie. She’s so dry and funny and sharp (a defense mechanism, but still) and I couldn’t help but be absorbed into her weird and wonderful world. See, Reggie falls for a boy named Snake (yes), but Snake’s fathered the town princess’s soon-to-arrive baby, so complications quickly arise. Whitney Taylor does a fantastic job of portraying Reggie’s strengths and soft spots, as well as her ongoing battle w ...more
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