A Taxonomy of Love
The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too. Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.    

A Taxonomy of Love Details

TitleA Taxonomy of Love
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2018
PublisherAmulet Books
ISBN-139781419725418
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

A Taxonomy of Love Review

  • Paulo Ratz
    January 1, 1970
    4,5 estrelasUm dos YAs contemporâneos mais legais que eu já li! Amei a oportunidade de ter lido com antecedência ao lançamento.. o livro só sai em janeiro de 2018 lá nos Estados Unidos.O livro acompanha a vida do Spencer e da Hope, dos 13 até os 19 anos de idade. Spencer tem Síndrome de Tourette e Hope se muda para a casa ao lado da dele logo no começo da história. Pode parecer que vai ser óbvio o que vai acontecer, MAS NÃO! Muita merda acontece, gente.A coisa que eu mais gostei nesse livro é qu 4,5 estrelasUm dos YAs contemporâneos mais legais que eu já li! Amei a oportunidade de ter lido com antecedência ao lançamento.. o livro só sai em janeiro de 2018 lá nos Estados Unidos.O livro acompanha a vida do Spencer e da Hope, dos 13 até os 19 anos de idade. Spencer tem Síndrome de Tourette e Hope se muda para a casa ao lado da dele logo no começo da história. Pode parecer que vai ser óbvio o que vai acontecer, MAS NÃO! Muita merda acontece, gente.A coisa que eu mais gostei nesse livro é que, basicamente, eu sou Spencer e Hope ao mesmo tempo. E amei as referências de cultura pop, até porque grande maioria delas são à musicais da Broadway, especialmente de Hamilton! Sério <3.Tem representativade, tem tragédia, tem vários romances e ai... gostei demais!
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  • Kat 🦋
    January 1, 1970
    This book was adorable…I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I read the blurb and saw the amazing cover, so when I saw it to request on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to receive a copy of it to read and review 😊I really enjoyed the writing in this, I like how the books tarts off when Spencer and Hope are just thirteen and follows there story, the final chapters being when they are nineteen, it was done so well and I didn’t find it confusing to follow at all. The layout of this book was This book was adorable…I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I read the blurb and saw the amazing cover, so when I saw it to request on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to receive a copy of it to read and review 😊I really enjoyed the writing in this, I like how the books tarts off when Spencer and Hope are just thirteen and follows there story, the final chapters being when they are nineteen, it was done so well and I didn’t find it confusing to follow at all. The layout of this book was really interesting too, it went from Spencer’s POV to letters from Hope to her sister Janie and messages between the two of them. I also loved the little taxonomies that Spencer writes out, they were so cute and fun to read.The characters were really interested, especially Spencer our main character, watching him grow up while living with Tourette’s syndrome, we are following his relationships with his best friend Hope, his brother, his father and step mom. He was just a lovely character and I was rooting for him so much, I just wanted things to work out for him, he deserved a happy ending! 😊I also really loved Hope and I thought she was also an interesting character – with Hope’s story I like how the grief is handled, Hope does go through it in her very own way which I think was great because everyone deals with loosing someone differently.So why not five stars you say?That’s because I myself do not have tourettes syndrome, nor do I know anybody with it so I can’t actually say if it’s been handled well or anything like that, so that’s the only reason I haven’t given this book the full five stars.Overall, this was a lovely coming of age book and I highly recommend it :D➡️ thank you to Amulet Books publishing and Netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review.♕For more reviews, recommendations and bookish chats head over to my blog ♕
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    ***Review to come***
  • ilsa ➹
    January 1, 1970
    Can you hear those vague squeals from the other end of the world and i just feel those FEELS and JUST eep! What is happening to me? I don't like contemporaries. REMEMBER. wait, I like this book. Scrap that I love it. This is about a boy with Tourettes called Spencer who loves insects and animals and helping everyone out and is so dorky and smol and ruins so much yet you still love him. And he's basically this little enthusiastic bean who has emotions like 'OMG PANCAKES THIS IS HAPPENING' and kn Can you hear those vague squeals from the other end of the world and i just feel those FEELS and JUST eep! What is happening to me? I don't like contemporaries. REMEMBER. wait, I like this book. Scrap that I love it. This is about a boy with Tourettes called Spencer who loves insects and animals and helping everyone out and is so dorky and smol and ruins so much yet you still love him. And he's basically this little enthusiastic bean who has emotions like 'OMG PANCAKES THIS IS HAPPENING' and know how to describe things pretty well. And did I mention he's dorky and he's ALL THE AWKWARD - OMG HE IS SO DARN RELATABLE OKAY? And can I mention his syndrome was SO WELL REPRESENTED? It didn't define him at all, it wasn't the plot or storyline and OKAY CAN I HUG THIS BOOK NOW?This is about a girl called Hope and she's freaking bad-ass. She doesn't take crap from ANYONE, stands up for herself and everyone else so bad. And she wants to travel the world and she is basically the character I am squealing over, Ilubhersomuch. Did I mention she reads Laini Taylor's books? HAHA YES, SHE READS BOOK and again I just want to be best friends with her!Oh, and there is the so god-damn beautiful relationship between Hope and her sister Janie. And not just any old good but like the best kind. They do everything together and squeal and talk and have sibling fights and tell each other everything and just #GOALS. And I could just relate so much, okay?Have we talked about everything yet? Have we talked about Dean yet? And his brotherly relationship with Spencer. Or how have we talked about awesome Mimi is and how she says 'No' to slavery and own her life? And have we talked about this dad that goes from a jerk to all the awesome? Smol LIST OF GUSHES.-That cover which is just darn gorgeous. this is important okay. AESTHETIC IS LIFE. -the little 'taxonomies' list. UM YES. And the emails and texts and stuff. I love books with unique formatting- the way it handled grief so well and at the same time funny and swoony. Perfect balance.-the way the writing is so clever and sneaky and just bursting and i love it so much asdfghjkl-The way everything is developed so beautifully you could cry??????-FOOD.Oh, and it appreciates latte and ice cream and lasagna. I'M HERE.And I want friends like Spencer's because they watch movies together and watch the stars and I am jealous okay?This was a very odd book. It 's very weirdly paced like it happens over what? 5 years yet I finished this in one day. But i'm totally okay with that! And it's kind of dual narrated but more Spencer than Hope which again I am fine with! I don't think it really affected my feelings about this book except this was the damn opposite of insta love. basically, it's not 'ASDFGHJKL' it's 'asdfghjkl' my feelings right now are just hey can i coddle this book?
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  • julianna ➹
    January 1, 1970
    um um i simultaneously hated this and enjoyed this at the same time(have fun, folks)rtc!
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    RTC
  • Nina (JustAddAWord)
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing is wrong with this one, exactly. More of a matter of personal taste. And misplaced expectations. RTC.
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Is there a way to understand and capture the complexities of life, friendship, and love? A Taxonomy of Love is a sweet story that captures all the magic and heartbreak of friendship and growing up.When the new girl moves in next door, she and Spencer become strong friends. Who else but Hope could understand Spencer's love of bugs and climbing trees. Who else could understand the ways in which he is different and yet not treat him as if he is any different at all. But sometimes life is messy and Is there a way to understand and capture the complexities of life, friendship, and love? A Taxonomy of Love is a sweet story that captures all the magic and heartbreak of friendship and growing up.When the new girl moves in next door, she and Spencer become strong friends. Who else but Hope could understand Spencer's love of bugs and climbing trees. Who else could understand the ways in which he is different and yet not treat him as if he is any different at all. But sometimes life is messy and not as easy to categorise as Spencer would like. Friends, more than friends, not friends at all? A Taxonomy of Love spans seven years. Written in six parts, plus an eliplogue, this book starts when Spencer is thirteen, picks up again when he is fourteen and continues revisiting him for a chunk of time each year until he and Hope are nineteen. In this way we readers get to view the journey of Spencer and Hope's friendship, from their early teen years and their first days as friends spent climbing trees and making plans for the future, through family tragedies and other relationships, to times when they were not speaking and times when they were each other's rock. This large timespan also allows readers to watch Spencer and Hope grow up. It made me really proud to see what sort of adults they were becoming, watching how their pasts shaped them, but also how the choices they made changed them. These six parts do mean that a few things are skipped over. We don't get to witness first-hand all the major events of their lives. But this worked surprisingly well, and it was always fun to begin a new part and catch up on the events of the past year. All the chapters are written from Spencer's point of view, however, throughout the novel Hope's perspective is shared through her journal entries and emails and texts to her older sister. These are particularly prominent during a traumatic time in her life and they help readers to understand what she is feeling and experiencing - if only poor Spencer could have had the same privilege. But misunderstandings, distance, and hurt are all part of life, as Spencer learns.A Taxonomy of Love is about love and romance, but it is also about so much more than that. Spencer has Tourette's syndrome and his journey of understanding and accepting this, or rather, more importantly, how he sees other people accepting him, is a prominent and important part of this book. So too is his relationships with his father and with his brother. Along with the complexity of his friendship with Hope, Spencer has other friendships and relationships and the glimpses of these help us to understand Spencer and who he would like to be. Wrestling, too, becomes an important part of Spencer's life. It is all these little things that connect to make up the bigger story, one that is - at its heart - a simple but powerful journey of a young boy growing up, learning, falling in love, and accepting himself.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
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  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    This book!!! I cried so many tears today - happy tears, sad tears, broken hearted tears, frustrated tears, but in the end, I cried tears of joy. This book had an intro letter from the editor, which called this a YA When Harry Met Sally, and I have to agree with her assessment. It was a tough 6 year journey with Hope and Spencer, but I am so happy I took it. Full review to follow. *I would like to thank the publisher for the review copy of this book. BLOG | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON G This book!!! I cried so many tears today - happy tears, sad tears, broken hearted tears, frustrated tears, but in the end, I cried tears of joy. This book had an intro letter from the editor, which called this a YA When Harry Met Sally, and I have to agree with her assessment. It was a tough 6 year journey with Hope and Spencer, but I am so happy I took it. Full review to follow. *I would like to thank the publisher for the review copy of this book. BLOG | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Where to start?!The cover is amazing, the chapter headers are the cutest, and I absolutely love the taxonomies interspersed throughout. I love YA books with complex families and present parents, parents (and siblings) with personalities and house rules and names!"Maybe it's about finding the other people who don't fit the same way you don't fit""If it's a matter of us versus them, I always want to be on the side of people who choose kindness over hate."I laughed, I cried (a lot), I honestly love Where to start?!The cover is amazing, the chapter headers are the cutest, and I absolutely love the taxonomies interspersed throughout. I love YA books with complex families and present parents, parents (and siblings) with personalities and house rules and names!"Maybe it's about finding the other people who don't fit the same way you don't fit""If it's a matter of us versus them, I always want to be on the side of people who choose kindness over hate."I laughed, I cried (a lot), I honestly loved it. I want to hug Spencer and Hope and I legit hugged this book.I can't wait for this story to be out in the world ❤️
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