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-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: 2 stars! Sadly, I knew very early on (like, by page six or so) that this title just wasn’t going to work for me. Yet, much to my amazement–and utter frustration–I just couldn’t walk away from it. It had some positive aspects that I really wanted to have outshine all the negative, however that was never really the case for me.
♥ Review: Generally, I’m not in the business of being an asshole just because I can be–at least not where book reviews count–so I won’t linger on all the elements that didn’t exactly work for me. Characters can always make or break a book for me, and Reggie and I didn’t vibe at all. To be honest, if I met her in real life, she’d be the type of person that I would avoid at all cost, so you can see why being in her head didn’t prove to be a positive experience. She was pretentious and her attitude was piss-poor, not the particular brand of snark I usually endear myself to when it comes to heroines. She was a brat, for the lack of a better word, and while I understand fully that depression puts you in a frame of mind that is sometimes hard for others to be sympathetic to, I also know that I tried hard to be on this journey with her, but she made it damn difficult to appreciate the small amount of growth she underwent in this novel. Secondly, I didn’t love the triangle aspect of the love connection working between Reggie, Snake, and Snake’s soon-to-be baby momma, Carla. I felt like he was playing them both to a certain degree, and it infuriated me to no end that Reggie didn’t expect more for herself and that I loved everything else about Snake except for the way he handled this whole situation. Lastly, my biggest disappointment for this book is the way these two kids and their story seemed to fall into stereotypical patterns. I felt like the premise had an opportunity to really wow and affect a lot of readers, but fell short on the execution. I wanted to love this book, but in the end, it just left me wanting–wanting more for the characters and wanting better for the story itself.
On a positive note, I loved how Taylor depicted that depression isn’t selective about who it chooses to affect; it can attach itself to all types of people from all different walks of life. I also appreciated the introduction of therapy/counseling and how it can be a great assistance if you’re willing and ready to accept the help you need. Furthermore, I also liked the portrayal of this illness and the reality that depression isn’t something that you can fix overnight, that it’s a process, sometimes a very lengthy one, but that the process can work should you want to explore your options. Lastly, I also liked the evolution of Carla and Reggie’s relationship if I’m being honest.
♥ Teaser Quote:
“Nothing on the tightrope can be explained, much less wholly defined. But every indefinable thing has a beginning, and the beginning of understand depression is simply this:
You’re never as alone as you think you are.”
–quote taken from the eARC of Definitions of Indefinable Things at 99%
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♥ Rec It? Probably not. Do I think some readers will connect with Reggie and like/love this book? Sure, there’s a book out there for everyone, but this just wasn’t my cup of tea.
♥ A very special thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.
*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.
Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.
I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥
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