Definitions of Indefinable Things – one “so mean!” star 13

Terrible, mean MC!

My dear Young Adults readers… This is not a good #depression rep! Please don’t get confused!

ONE star!

About the Book


Definitions of Indefinable Things

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.


I was SOOOOO looking forward to reading this book and see how depression was depicted!

And I ended up SOOOO disappointed! And I little worried too.

The main character was downright YUK. A spoiled, mean, selfish, and entitled teenager. So, I worry that young readers reading would think it is OK to treat people the way the MC does because “she suffers from depression”.

People suffering from depression often behave irritably, and come across very negative, snarky and sarcastic.

HOWEVER… Depressed people are not sociopaths!

They are not mean to people for no reason. They don’t disrespect their mothers for no reason. The way the MC treated her mother was downright deplorable. Below, in my Goodreads updates, you can see that I kept reading to see if her mother was mean to her  in any way. ANYTHING to justify the way Reggie treated her. But nope. That wasn’t the case.

The Reggie’s mother behaved like any normal mother that is concerned about her depressed child.

But all you get from Reggie is that her mother makes “stupid suggestions” for Reggie  to follow the directions of her therapist, its annoying enough to go get her medications at the pharmacy, and doesn’t talk but “babbles” about normal things like birthday cards. Whatever spoiled Reggie “didn’t care about” was totally stupid. Everything her mother did was stupid. Especially being a Christian was stupid. I’m not a Christian and I found all Reggie’s references to this religion very disrespectful.

The way the two depressed teenagers “in love” talked and treated each other was just as bad!

So… nope!

I don’t recommend this book, especially for young readers. It’s not a good depression rep of depression. This book is about mean, abusive teenagers.

Hope you enjoy my Goodreads updates…


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13 thoughts on “Definitions of Indefinable Things – one “so mean!” star

  • La La in the Library

    The first thing I thought was this is another one of those young snot-nosed authors like the one who wrote Made Your Up, and a couple of other early 20s authors who wrote damaging books. She had no Goodreads author profile, so I Googled and yep… shes 20! That means she must have written this book when she was 18. She won one of those pitch wars contests on Twitter. This goes to prove that publishers, agents, and editors are more concerned with making money than putting out quality literature for our youth. They know these are the types of books that will lure kids in. Ugh. I hate it when awful books like the one I recently DNFed, Gork the Teenage Dragon, get picked up by big publishers and so many good authors struggle. 🙁

  • chucklesthescot

    You know I hate MCs who are like this! Why it it that Ya characters with depression, cancer of some other affliction treat their families and friends like crud??? I hate that! I’ve DNFed a great deal of books like that as it drives me mad.

  • Emma

    I am always interested to read about mental illnesses in books and find they are so often poorly depicted and give people the wrong idea of what issues like depression really feel like. Disappointing.

  • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    This would be so incredibly frustrating to me, and I don’t think I could handle it. I don’t want to read a book where a bad attitude and bad behavior is excused with a diagnosis. If the book showed that her attitudes were wrong or bad then it might be okay, but that doesn’t sound like it was the case with this book.

  • Runwright Reads

    I don’t update my Goodreads so frequently but maybe I’l try it. Sometimes, if I am going to write a full review for the book I’m reading, I’ll open a Word doc and update it with my thoughts. Otherwise, I use sticky notes to keep track of what impacts me during the reading.

  • Tamara Narayan

    I haven’t read this and from your description, I don’t think I’d want to, but teenagers can be mean as snakes whether they are depressed or not. I was horrible to my mother during those years and not for very good reasons. Luckily, I grew out of that phase.

    • Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

      I hear you Tamara! I was depressed as a teenager and terrible to my mom too. So bad that this MC would be an angel compared to me. BUT it was because I was a spoiled brat, not because I was depressed. I had friends that were also depressed but were just normal teenagers toward their parents. I was HORRIBLE and still I didn’t think everything my mom did was stupid. What I found more shocking was what MC thought of her mom (and everyone else!) than just her behavior toward her. UGH

  • Cee Arr

    OMG – your page 17 update. Did that book just make a f**king suicide joke?!?!?!?!? I just… I can’t even right now. Wow. Just… wow. Wow. You might wanna put a warning at the beginning of the post/image because… wow.

    Also, is this book set in the UK or in the US? Because f*nny (see page 8 update – I can’t say that without the *, my mother programmed me to be far too polite!) means something different in the UK. Something that would change the meaning of that sentence!