Get Ready for Definitions of Indefinable Things

I won’t post my full review for Whitney Taylor’s impressive debut novel until 03/04, but here’s what you need to know right now, so you can make sure to add this one to your TBR pile.

Despite my great love for contemporary YA novels that bring on just ALL THE FEELS, I was a little nervous going into this one. I was worried it might be a little too heavy for me. And it is heavy. I in no way want to take away from how well Whitney Taylor described what depression truly feels like, or how serious a condition it is. But Taylor also balanced out that darkness with this amazing, laugh-out-loud noir humor that made me fall in love with this book and with the main character as well.

This is destined to be one of those books that sneaks up on readers and surprises them with its sheer level of awesomeness. It’s humorous and heartbreaking, and it’s definitely a book for anyone that loves Jennifer Niven or Lance Rubin.

Wine Pairing

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor


I recommend pairing this awesome contemporary read with this Francis Ford Coppola Chardonnay, because it most certainly has its intense moments, but it also has a brilliant balance of light and sweetness as well.

*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*

The Nitty Gritty

  • Title: Definitions of Indefinable Things
  • Author: Whitney Taylor
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
  • Pub Date: April 4, 2017
  • Pages: 336

Book Description

26221374This 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.


 About the Author

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Whitney Taylor is a YA writer that only speaks one language—fangirl. When she’s not devouring books, she spends her time taking selfies, obsessing over any TV show with a love triangle, and eating way too much McDonald’s. She’s an English and Psychology major from Virginia that likes to pretend she’s a supermodel from New York City. Her friends call her The Queen and she has a monogrammed robe to prove it. Bow down.

Have any of you read Definitions of Indefinable Things Yet? What did you think of it? Did you enjoy it as much as I did?

9 Comments Add yours

  1. This is on my tbr but I’m not sure what I expect out of it. The description sounds both intriguing and a bit heavy. Snake sounds like quite the character!

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    1. YAandWine says:

      That’s how I felt going in too, but then I really liked it a lot. It’s got some incredibly funny lines. Like, stop reading to show anyone in the room who will pay attention to you funny. 😊

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      1. Oh, that’s good! I love that kind of book because I like bugging my husband with the one liners I find in books. 🙂

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      2. YAandWine says:

        Haha. Yeah, I totally made the hubs pause on playing his video game to read a HILARIOUS line that may have featured Ryan Gosling. LOL.

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  2. ezinwanyi13 says:

    There is something not quite legal about YA and wine LMAO.

    I didn’t know Francis Coppola made Jesus juice! But I will check it out and the book

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    1. YAandWine says:

      LOL. Hence all the disclaimers. Plus, statistically speaking, more adults read YA than actual young adults.

      I know! I did a double take the first time I saw those bottles.


  3. Azia says:

    I’ve seen this one around the blogosphere lately but i haven’t looked into it just yet. The premise sounds heavy but very promising. Snake sounds very interesting, to say the least. Plus, I’m always looking for a great contemporary read. I think I’ll have to add this one to my TBR! Thanks for sharing 😀

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    1. YAandWine says:

      It might still be up on NetGalley. That’s where I got my copy. Yeah, I highly recommend it. Let me know if you end up reading it.

      Liked by 1 person

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