Book Review: A Taxonomy Of Love by Rachael Allen


Title: A Taxonomy Of Love

Author: Rachael Allen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: January 9, 2018


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.


I thought that this was just a light and fluffy read (which it was at some parts) but it dealt with important issues as well such as bullying, mental health, and grief.

I love YA contemporaries that talk about mental health and I think that the author really did a great job of showing a character with Tourette’s Syndrome. It really is not hard to root for Spencer. He’s such an adorable and sweet boy. Hope, Spencer’s best friend, is another lovable character. She’s very relatable and you’d really want her to end up with Spencer. The side characters were very interesting as well!

Aside from great characters, I also loved the format of this book! There were taxonomy charts and letters which made the book more fun to read! I highly recommend this if you like the best friends to lovers trope.

Favorite Quotes:

“You don’t have to be the first to see something for it to count. If you can see it differently, if you can leave a mark and change something for the better, that all counts, too.”

“If telling someone you love them is a gift, then revoking that love is like cutting the tightrope out from under them. That’s when the real falling begins.”

“If it’s a matter of us vs. them, I always want to be on the side of people who choose kindness over hate.”

“Sometimes I feel like things have to happen at just the right time.”

Soundtrack: You’re My Best Friend by Andrew Simple

Rating: Purple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullPurple-FullNo-Star

Buy Links: Goodreads || Amazon || Kobo || Book Depository || National Bookstore (Philippines only)

7326808About the Author:

Website || Twitter

Rachael Allen is a mad scientist by day and YA writer by night. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two children, and dire wolf. She loves homemade peach ice cream, having adventures all over the world, and stories that make her feel like she’s been poured inside another person.

More stuff about me:
– I love reading and writing YA.

– I’m represented by the fabulous Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency.

– Laurie Halse Anderson recently gave me writerly advice on a post-it, and it was the culmination of my being.

– I’m obsessed with football. Playing flag football, watching pro football (Falcons Rise Up!), being a belligerent Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets fan, and playing fantasy football with my family.

– I have held a human brain. (It was during anatomy lab. I’m not, like, a serial killer.)

– I’m such a wuss, I get scared watching the previews for horror movies. Seriously, when a scary commercial comes on, I squeal and frantically jab the fast forward button on our DVR remote.

– I love reading about strong female protagonists, fully imagined worlds, rebellion against the establishment, people who aren’t like me, and makeover montages – though probably not all in the same book.

– Some writers I love: Laini Taylor, Emery Lord, Nic Stone, Becky Albertalli, Julie Murphy, Sarah Lemon, Sarah Ockler, Sarah Dessen (basically, if your name is Sarah, you’ve got a fighting chance), Adam Silvera, Jaye Robin Brown, Laurie Halse Anderson, Libba Bray, E. Lockhart, Kody Keplinger, Lauren Myracle, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, I could go on forever.

30 thoughts on “Book Review: A Taxonomy Of Love by Rachael Allen

  1. I’ve not seen or heard of this book until now and it sounds so light and fluffy and something I will definitely keep my eye out for when I’m out and about. Happy New Year! x

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  2. This sounds like such a lovely heartwarming book. The idea of a main character with Tourette’s Syndrome is quite unique too. I like that it seems to touch on some tougher topics too, and the quotes you picked are very beautiful. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this. Thanks for sharing!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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  3. I love the best friends to lover trope so I’m surely adding this to my TBR! Plus, it’s highlighting a less-known disease and I can’t wait to read about it through this story. Great review, Jen! ❤

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