I am so happy to see Definitions of Indefinable Things available on bookstore shelves. It's available now from HMH Teen – in print or as an e-book.
My journey with the author, Whitney Taylor, began when I read her Twitter pitch for this manuscript during #PitMad (an online pitching content):
With depression down to a science, 17-year-old Reggie has to figure out what's worth living for or lose her sanity.
140 characters doesn't tell you much about a story, but I projected everything I wanted in a Contemporary YA onto this pitch. "Science" = a (most likely false) analytical approach to trying to figure out how to deal with depression while still functioning on a daily basis. "What's Worth Living For" = a young girl's desire to figure shit out (both internally and externally). "Lose Her Sanity" = a phrase surely meant to be taken as dark humour and not meant literally. Again, I was projecting. I didn't actually know any of this, I just hoped. Turns out my first impression was right.
I knew after reading the first paragraph of the manuscript that I would eventually offer representation to Whitney Taylor. The voice in this book is incredible, and Definitions of Indefinable Things portrays depression in the most authentic way I've encountered in Contemporary YA. There's a ton of drama in this book (and I'm a sucker for teen dramas), but it doesn't just focus on the lows. Or the highs. There's no quick fix here. Depression is there, lingering in the background, making things a little more complicated, but the characters are still regular humans too.
The truth is that depression isn't romanticized. It's real. Reggie and Snake (the main characters of the book) are very real teenagers with feelings and issues and moments of joy and sarcasm and drama. They define things the only way they can figure out for themselves.
I am so proud of what my client, Whitney Taylor, has accomplished with this book. I'm confident you, or someone you know, will appreciate Definitions of Indefinable Things too.