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The Reviewing Reel: A Taxonomy of Love

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen

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This book had its high points and its low points. Although, overall, the low points won out on the high.

A lot of the reviews on Goodreads are overwhelmingly positive about this novel – mostly because it has a main character (Spencer) with Tourette’s Syndrome and a cute romance as the central plot.

Unfortunately, I don’t think that the author actually understood Tourette’s. To put it plainly,  Spencer’s Tourette’s was used when it was useful for the author to use it as a plot point, or at least that’s what it felt like to me, reading it. It felt like lazy writing to only just mention the effects of his disorder once or twice in a chapter.

The writing also ground my gears a lot – it just wasn’t interesting. It was formulaic, repetitive and I didn’t find any of the main characters especially likeable. Hope, the other protagonist, was someone I genuinely despised. She was shallow, self-centred, and she was so ignorant of other people’s feelings that it spoilt the plot for me.

This book follows several years in the life of Spencer and Hope, and the timeline is impossible to keep track of. There was a point when two characters started a sexual relationship, and I thought they were both still eight and ten.

Good points about this book: I will admit, the romance was very cute. It’s a friendship to romantic relationship, and it doesn’t rush into the romance too early on. It gives us a little substance to the fluff, as well.

Overall, I gave this book a halfhearted 2 stars. Just… This book could have been so much better if the characters had actually been nice?

I’d recommend this book to anyone that likes fluffy YA romances in the vein of Anna and the French Kiss. Just don’t expect great things, or great characters. If you want pure fluff with some extra plot, then you’ll probably love it.

Ellie xxx

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