Taxonomy of Love (Hardcover)

By Rachael Allen

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419725418, 336pp.

Publication Date: January 9, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/7/2020)
MP3 CD (7/31/2018)

List Price: 17.99*
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About the Author

Rachael Allen is the author of 17 First Kisses and The Revenge Playbook. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs. Visit Allen at

Praise For Taxonomy of Love


" This book is groundbreaking in its demonstration of the complexity of human emotion."

— School Library Connection

"In this sincerely charming account of one friendship in flux over the course of six years—eons in adolescence—the pair wrestle with their relationship. Simple summer crush? Tireless support through family strife and personal illness? Lovelorn confidante? Through sparkling prose (and Spencer’s clever doodles), Allen depicts how debasing unrequited love can feel, and just how consuming that connection can be when shared at long last."

— Booklist

"Allen (The Revenge Playbook) presents an honest look at adolescent attraction and life with a neurological disorder in a story populated by fully believable characters who are trying to figure out who they are and how they fit in the world."

— Publishers Weekly

" A multilayered and charming novel that blends humor, romance, tragedy, and other universal coming-of-age themes"

— School Library Journal

"Hope and Spencer are realistic and experience events most teens live through. Like two orbiting planets, they are both drawn to and repulsed by each other as they age and mature . . . Light-hearted, joyful, and yet serious, it bring up topics such as suicide, mental illness, and medication research and side effects. This story, which includes interesting taxonomies, will enthrall readers, bringing them into the life of a struggling and love-ridden teen."

— VOYA Magazine

"There are things that happen in these pages that just gut the reader . . . There's so much emotion packed into these pages."

— YA Books Central

"Serve as refreshing reminders that the complexities of adolescent friendship and relationships take place in the context of whole lives, making this a pleasant change from usual teen romance fare."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books