Definitions of Indefinable Things (Whitney Taylor)

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.


Not gonna lie to you guys… when I first started this book, I wasn’t feeling it at all. It felt like it was romanticizing depression and that it would be one of those where “love cures all” and shit, and I was scared out of my wits, because I did not want to read THAT story. I’m pleased to inform you that in the end I didn’t feel like the book really did either of those things. Yes, there is a romance between two clinically depressed teens, and yes, they get “better” during the book, but not truly because of their relationship.

I can’t really talk about representation, because though I have been depressed during my life, I was never clinically depressed, but one of my favorite things about this book was how it shows many facets and forms of depression. There isn’t ONE cause, or ONE reason, or ONE way. Reggie and Snake are both depressed, both take their meds, but their underlying reasons, outtake and the way they experience their depression is completely different from one another.

The characters are definitely unique. The book is told through Reggie’s POV, and I found it hilarious, while super dark at the same time. Reggie comes across as not caring for anyone, and using a “hate” language almost. At first I thought it was a bit too heavy, the way she hated on the world and her mom and everything really, but then I started to get her, the longer she talked, the better it became. This book has a very dark and twisted way of humour though, and I’m guessing not everyone will like it or get it, but I thought it fit with Reggie’s view of things, and with the progress of the book, I also felt her voice change slightly.

I really liked Snake. Fair warning, there is a bit of instalove on his part, and not all his actions are well thought out, and some are not correct in the slightest, but to be fair, he did act his age, I believed I was reading the actions of a confused and scared 17 years old. I liked how he challenged Reggie, while understanding her completely. That’s what I thought was great about this book, honestly, the understanding. Yes, both these teens are trying to get better, but they both understand each other, and there’s no recrimination or anything of the sort. There’s acceptance and understanding, from both sides.

I also need to mention Carla, Snake’s baby momma. She has such an important role in this book, and I have to say that she’s probably my favorite character. She’s in such a tough situation, and yet she tries her best, and manages to help Reggie and Snake in the process.

There’s also a huge family element in this book, and a pretty important one at that.

So, overall I really loved this book, and the reason I can’t rate it higher is because I felt the beginning was a bit iffy. I thought this was a wonderfully written book, about a subject that so many people deal with on a daily basis, but there’s still such a huge stigma around it.

I would recommend it for sure, but beware of the topic. Make sure to read a few takes on this book, if you think that this might not be for you.

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book That Deals With Mental Health

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Because Mental Health matters! Choose a book that deals with mental health“. For the theme this week I’m using Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden. If you’ve read this book you know that a character there suffers from extreme social anxiety and depression… it breaks my heart.


Original & Favorite Cover COver:

The UK cover is definitly my favorite! It’s so simple, yet striking.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

The book is not out in Portugal, but it is in Spain, and while the cover is similar to the original one, I don’t like it as much. I don’t like the twist of the heart in the bottom?! It seems like they tried to make it “prettier”, you know? And I like the raw version better.

Least Favorite COVER(s):

            

These are my least favorite covers: Danish, German and Brazilian. The Danish one I can’t even… what the heck is that? Then the German version looks like a standard romance novel from the 80’s, does it say YA to you? Then the Brazilian… I don’t hate it, but I don’t see it connecting to the book at all.

Other COVERs:

                                       

I just wanted to mention these two covers, the US one, and the Slovak. I don’t like the US cover, it’s the same as the UK, but red, and I don’t think it does anything for it. And the Slovak cover, I kind of like it, though not as the original one.

Life After Juliet (Shannon Lee Alexander)

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Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people…

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world…and happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.

The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.


First and foremost, I read this one as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so check out her blog in the next few days to read her review of this book (SPOILER ALERT: she loved it too!). We only realized that this book is a companion novel after we were approved for it, but even though we now both want to read Love and Other Unknown Variables, I didn’t feel like it was necessary to read that book in order to understand everything in this one.

The writing of this book was brilliant! Honestly, I’m in love with this book. Totally and completely in love with it. Shannon Lee Alexander wrote this in a way that Becca’s pain is real, her fears and insecurities are real. She’s also funny and sarcastic and shy. Have I said how in love with this book I am?

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(my feelings about this book!)

I love Becca. Becca is me, I am Becca, minus the dead best friend and depression thing going on there. Becca doesn’t count the time… she counts the pages she has read. She doesn’t pay attention to anyone or anything, she’s afraid to let people in, because she’s still grieving so much about the one time she did let someone in. Max was a breath of fresh air when it comes to love interests, he was so cool and fun and shy and nice. And these two together: ADORBS!!!

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But what made this book and this overall story more than amazing, it was that it wasn’t the romance that “changed” Becca’s life. She started to look at life differently become she made friends, she realized that not letting people in was the same thing as giving up living, she had great support from her family and teachers. She tried new things. She GREW! Meeting Max encouraged her to broaden her horizons, but it was a combination of a lot of amazing things that made this book beyond amazing.

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Needless to say that I really liked the plot. I loved the incorporation of the school theatre and the production of Romeo and Juliet into this story, and the parallelisms taken from it. All the cast of characters was diverse and multidimensional, and I really really loved that Becca had a different and unique relationship with each one of those characters. I loved Charlie, Becca’s brother, and although I need to read the first book, I’m also scared to see him hurting.

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This was definitly one of the best YA contemporary romances I read, and it was cute and sad and I cried a lot (and let me tell you, crying while having lunch is not very practical). It was beyond amazing, so READ IT!!!

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (5): Day 2

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Hello! Jesalin @Life : books, the arts, and nature was kind enough to tag me for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge, so here we go people, for the 5th time!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. (this is my 5th time doing this, so I nominate whoever wants to do it, ok?)

Day 1 I did an Eleanor & Park quote, today I’m going for another favorite of mine that I read this year, My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I loved this book. Depression and suicide are serious topics and we should all read more about it. And coincidently, this was also my book for today’s Book Traveling Thursday.

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