Title: A taxonomy of love
Author: Rachael Allen
Publisher + date: January 9th 2018 by Amulet Books
Genre: YA, Romance
Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review, thank you!
If it’s a matter of us versus them, I always want to be on the side of people who choose kindness over hate.
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.
What I think of it
If I had read this book at the age of 16 I would have probably liked it more, it was very cute and everything but I can’t get rid of the feeling it’s ‘yet another typical YA romance book’ which is why I only gave it 3 stars.
The only difference from others was the fact that the main character has Tourette syndrome, which made me want to finish this book. I’m glad this subject gets discussed in this book as not many youngsters know what Tourette syndrome actually is and I hope with reading this book people will get a better look on it.
The story in general is very cute and so are the characters. It’s nice to see how the characters develop throughout the story and how romance comes out of it all, but like I said it’s a typical cute YA story, perfect if you want to read something light.