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A Taxonomy of Love

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,277 ratings  ·  292 reviews
The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spen ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Harry N. Abrams
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C.G. Drews
Ahh this was cute and angsty and angstily cute! I'm turning into a monster who likes to read fluff, ok, (although this is fluff + serious issues = and done so well I am a FAN) and naught will stop me. Also I read this in just a f ew hours with only 2 breaks!! This is a big deal for I, who has the attention span of a headless gnat!!

Also total shout out to books that do neurodiversity so well!
That's like 98% of the reason I wanted to read this, okay!? The protagonist, Spencer, has Tourette's Syndr
Skyler Autumn
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I am going to be part of Toronto's Audible Book Club with a special celeb guest as host, and as host, she got to pick the book and her favourite genre (unlike mine) is YA. So as soon as I found out the selection I was royally disappointed I thought YA contemporary romance! UGH! Hard Pass. I thought this book was going to be like every John Green novel filled with melodramatic teenagers waxing poetry and philosophical questions and just having emotional depth way beyond their years. I
♛ may
✔️ Book #3 done for the Contemporary-A-Thon

Challenge: " "read a contemporary with orange on the cover" "

this book was so sickly cute i got nauseous from just reading it (okay im exaggerating, sliiightly)

- this book spans over many years, starting from when the mc is 13 and ending when he is 19
- the mc is a precious sweet little soft boy named spencer and her has Tourette's Syndrome
- i loved how we got to see spencer dealing with his condition throughout his life and how we see that i
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because
Mel (Epic Reading)
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is adorable! I don't usually like contemporary teen books but am so glad that every now and again I am reminded of why I read them.
I don't know how close to being a teenager Rachael Allen is at the time of writing this; but it feels genuine. The narrative, dialogue, taxonomy and journal entries all really worked well together giving this diverse book unique diverse ways to tell it's story!

Neuro Issues
This book focuses on two teens: our main narrative, a boy with Tourette's syndrome;
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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Spencer is a bug lover and all around nerd who understands that one never grows too old to climb trees. He also has Tourette syndrome. When Hope moves next door the summer before seventh grade he understands right off that she's special but that because of that last label he may never get the girl. As they grow up together and experience the growing pains of life in high school (sibling feuds, family tragedies, new relationships and broken hear
Samantha (WLABB)
This book!!! I cried so many tears today - happy tears, sad tears, broken hearted tears, frustrated tears, but in the end, I cried tears of joy. This book had an intro letter from the editor, which called this a YA When Harry Met Sally, and I have to agree with her assessment. It was a tough 6 year journey with Hope and Spencer, but I am so happy I took it.

In the introduction by the editor, this book was cited as a YA When Harry Met Sally, and I have to say, that was a great reference for this
Vicky Again
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really am the worst buddy reader ever BUT THIS WAS SO CUTE HOW COULD I NOT BINGE IT (so sorry though Henn).

But this was so cute! I adore stories where we get to see a longer period of time with the protagonist--we start at the summer before seventh grade, and then we go into high school, and I love that. I love that we really get to see this multi-year growth.
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
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May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Where to start?!

The cover is amazing, the chapter headers are the cutest, and I absolutely love the taxonomies interspersed throughout.

I love YA books with complex families and present parents, parents (and siblings) with personalities and house rules and names!

"Maybe it's about finding the other people who don't fit the same way you don't fit"

"If it's a matter of us versus them, I always want to be on the side of people who choose kindness over hate."

I laughed, I cried (a lot), I honestly love
 ••Camila Roy••
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have mixed emotions but mostly, I really liked it 💕
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, own-e-copy
So I made sure to be the one to check the mail. Every day for a whole year, I opened the box and reached for a letter that never came. How am I ever supposed to figure anything out when such a big piece of me is missing?

It would be more of a 2.5-star rating but that's not an option, is it? I'm not much of a contemporary enthusiast. It's that kind of genre that just does not surprise. A Taxonomy of Love has it all - a protagonist with Tourette's Syndrome, a cool love interest, a golden-boy brothe
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is there a way to understand and capture the complexities of life, friendship, and love? A Taxonomy of Love is a sweet story that captures all the magic and heartbreak of friendship and growing up.

When the new girl moves in next door, she and Spencer become strong friends. Who else but Hope could understand Spencer's love of bugs and climbing trees. Who else could understand the ways in which he is different and yet not treat him as if he is any different at all. But sometimes life is messy and
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Truth be told, the three sole reasons why I decided to pick this fella were first, the lead guy has Tourette's Syndrome and is stated to be an aspiring scientist. Second, the heroine was going through a mourning stage and I am all for that. Lastly, you've got to admit, the cover was such an eyecandy.

I will first state the things I find okay about the novel itself. The writing style was, I guess, okay. Not too descriptive yet not too fast-paced. Some elements of the novel somehow reminds me of t
Maggie • Library of Colors
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Also posted at Library of Colors.

I feel like I should preface this review to say that I’ve solely been reading YA contemporaries over the past couple months. I’ve devoured one, sometimes two a week, and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. So, when NetGalley approved an eARC of A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen for me, I dove in head first - what a great swim it was! This book will stand out in the sea of contemporaries that I’ve been reading.

“Maybe it's about finding the other people who don't
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Sometimes you have a day that is so epic that you know, even before it’s over, that it’s going to be one of the dozens that you remember forever.”

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release date was January 9th, 2018.

A Taxonomy of Love had ALL the feels. It was cute, it was happy, it was sad (omg, was it sad!), it had me tearing up, it had me laughing, there were times I was annoyed, and times I was angry. Like I said, it had all the feels. I think all that mak
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018-releases
Well, this book was all adorable and I loved it so, so, so much. Endearing, relatable characters and childhood friends are my thing. So this book WAS really, really my thing. <3 Definitely recommend <3

Read my full review of A Taxonomy of Love on my blog.

Thank you to Abrams & Chronicle Books UK for sending me a review copy of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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Shae McDaniel
I don't think I like that. I don't think I like that one bit. Nope. I just watched a guy spend five years being a horrific friend and boyfriend only to be "redeemed" in the last year, only I'm not convinced he ever actually saw the girl of his dreams as more than that. "I've loved her since I was thirteen" - no, incorrect, sir. Go away.

The author also tries to... I don't know, there are these soapbox moments that I think are supposed to make me root for the depictions in the book, but they FELT
I adored everything about Spencer and his story with Hope. It manages to be cute, painful, and very real all at the same time. The addition of him having Tourette's, along with some unrelated quirks, added diversity to an already unique story. And the drawings! Make sure your copy has them, because what they add to the story is priceless.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for honest feedback.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought that this was just a light and fluffy read (which it was at some parts) but it dealt with important issues as well such as bullying, mental health, and grief.

I love YA contemporaries that talk about mental health and I think that the author really did a great job of showing a character with Tourette's Syndrome. It really is not hard to root for Spencer. He's such an adorable and sweet boy. Hope, Spencer's best friend, is another lovable character. She's very relatable and you'd really
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had this book on my list for years and I‘m so mad it took me so long to finally read it.
After the first few pages I was already hooked. I could relate to Spencer so much and loved the character development/changes throughout the story. This book is so emotional and talks about some very important topics as well!
Cherlynn (cherreading)
✨ "Yeah, and maybe it isn't about finding a way to make yourself fit. Maybe it's about finding the other people who don't fit the same way you don't fit."

This left me feeling all warm and fuzzy! 🥰 I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book so much but it hooked me in right from the start. The writing is very readable and I loved how the story is primarily told by Spencer, who struggles with Tourette Syndrome.

There were funny, heartwarming and moving scenes as much as heartbreaking and unexpected mom
Stars Above Jess
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, top-2017
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

I am not typically a fan of contemporary novels, but this one really intrigued me. It follows two neighbor kids, Spencer & Hope, starting at age 13 and leading up to when they are 19. I absolutely loved it! It was so realistic about the transformation you go through during your teen years. It starts out with childhood innocence, into awkward adolescence, and into the maturity you gain after you enter the 'real world'. This
Julia ✨thebookshelfbitch✨
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a cute read! A little fluffy and the characters - though drawn well - irritated me at times. I was inclined to give it one fewer star because of this, but I think this YA novel dealt with a lot of important issues in intriguing ways and I'm happy to know many young adults will be reading it! ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. MY HEART. All sorts of adorable. Bonus points for the wonderful depiction of diversity!

Review to come.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For more of my reviews, visit my blog, As the Book Ends or follow me on my Bookstagram!

Have you ever bought a book because Bookstagram told you to? I have purchased SO MANY books because they were featured by someone on feed or story. This is, fortunately, one of them! One of my favorite accounts featured this ARC on her page and just gushed about how great it was. So, of course, I had to have it the minute it came out.

I am SO happy that I picked this one up, it may be one of my favorite contemp
This is a sweet romance/coming of age/slice of life book that goes deeper into the idea of being an outsider/considered different. I loved the taxonomy pages- they were a great touch. Allen deftly navigated the balance of Tourette Syndrome being a prominent aspect of Spencer's (the main character's) life and a crucial component in how he has been shaped growing up, yet at the same time not making that what the novel is about. Oh and Hope was a great character. Even though we didn't get much from ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, ya
A Taxonomy of Love is a such a lovely book in many aspects, however, there were a lot of parts that just made me want to throttle the two main characters. Or at least lock them in a closet together so they could actually talk out their problems.

Spencer and Hope live next door to each other. Spencer has a crush on Hope, who, in his eyes, is the perfect girl. Hope and Spencer become friends and share in many experiences over their childhood and into their teenage years. At least until Hope begins
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every fan of YA needs to make this one a priority for 2018! The characters are dynamic and easy to become emotionally attached to. The story flows well despite the great span of time covered in just over 300 pages. I look forward to seeing 'A Taxonomy of Love' become a bestseller in the coming year. ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Few stories have pulled me in so thoroughly as the journey of Spencer and Hope.

Fantastic writing coupled with a great story which spans the ups and downs of growth -- personal, interpersonal, and romantic -- through adolescence.

Read this book. ASAP.
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Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA where she's working furiously on her PhD in neuroscience. When she's not doing science or writing YA, you can find her chasing after her toddler and her two sled dogs. Her debut YA novel 17 FIRST KISSES, is forthcoming from Harper Teen. Rachael may or may not have had 17 first kisses...luckily she doesn't kiss and tell.

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