Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

26221374Title: Definitions of Indefinable Things

Author: Whitney Taylor

Series: None

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Number of Pages (Kindle edition): 336

(Expected) Date of Publishing: April 4th of 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

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.

Rate: 4 of 5

Get a copy: Book Depository (Hardback)

I want to thank the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group to have given me the chance to read an advanced reader copy through Netgalley.

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Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

18003300Title: Love & Misadventure

Author: Lang Leav

Genre: Poetry, Romance, Young Adult

Number of Pages (Paperback): 176

Date Published: April 26th of 2013

Publisher: Lang Leav (self-published)

Synopsis (via GoodReads): 

Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Awarded a coveted Churchill Fellowship, her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss.

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge. Lang Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

Rate: 4 of 5

Get a copy: Book Depository (Paperback, CD-Audio) | National Bookstore (Paperback) | Kobo (eBook)

I don’t have any way to approach this but to  be upright with it. This book is very basic, simple, outright, and to the point. It is a fuss-free piece of work which I think is a nice thing especially because this is poetry. In my opinion, there is minimal need for a complex form when it comes to poetry. We all have different tastes in poetry and for me being basic and simple is a good thing. In accordance to this, I also want to address how some people hated this but in my point of view–why? It portrays beautiful points of view in love. Often dramatic, yes. But pffft poetic licence, I guess? Haha.

Lang Leav really is a talented fellow. The artist’s beautiful illustrations sprinkled across the pages gave the work a new dimension, making the absorption of the content much easier. I don’t know, it just works.

Overall, this work seems like a classy, simple set of poetry that’s real. No fuss. Unpretentious. Just minimalist goodness and to be honest, yes to that girl!

Do I recommend it? Mm-hmm.


Cover image and Synopsis via GoodReads; Gif via Giphy.