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.
My Thoughts: ★★★★★
● I loved Hope’s character how she’s weird like Spencer and has her head in the clouds, and has the same desperate need to fit in.
●Spencer in an unforgettable character. His passion with taxonomy, I’ve never seen in any character before, and it’s the reason I wanted to read this book. He has Tourette’s Syndrome, which, again, is a first among what I read before. He’s so cute and unique, his character is very well done. His need to turn to taxonomy to make better sense of the world; I understand too well.
●The characters: neurodiverse, complex, deep and relatable, human and VERY alive. I feel like I’ll remember them for a long time and probably enjoy a future reread just as much as the first time.
●Writing style: flawless, and glued me to the page. I really did not expect it to mesmerize me so much 💓
●Rereadability: 7 out of 10.
–> This book, is basically candy in book-form. It’s like candy, in the way that everything about it is sweet and delicious and precious and you don’t want it to end and you want to get more and more, as soon as possible. This is like that, but it’s the candy-to-book adaptation. HIGHLY recommend it, if you like characters you’d sell a kidney to hug, feel like you’ve known like childhood friends, with precious character development that integrates human flaws, doesn’t flinch from the mistakes and ugly thoughts that pass our heads and is a celebration of neurodiversity and people who don’t fit in.
I know, I know, I’m a terrible blogger for disappearing for almost a month and coming back with only a mini-review xD it’s been a crazy month of studies, but I will be participating in a 48-hour readathon, 24in48, where I’ll be trying to hit 24 hours of reading in 48 hours, it’ll be fun and it’ll be crazy, so keep an eye on my blog for hourly updates this Saturday!