Swoon! Rachael Allen’s next book has YA romance written all over it . . . with a scientific twist.
A Taxonomy of Love (out January 9) follows Spencer and Hope and their relationship over six years. The story goes: Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. 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.
But what exactly is a taxonomy? Rachael recently took to her blog to give us the 411 on the very clever way to pretty much classify every living thing in the world—and threw in a fun contest to boot! Check out what she had to say below.
Hi there! I wrote a book called A Taxonomy of Love about a boy named Spencer who uses taxonomies to make sense of the world, so I thought I’d explain a little more about what taxonomies are and why I think they’re so awesome.
Taxonomies are a way to classify every living thing in the world, from sea monkeys to honey badgers.
I’m a scientist by day, so making the taxonomies was really fun for me. I love the idea of facts fitting inside of each other like nesting dolls and being able to see how everything is interconnected. I liked getting to take abstract ideas and organize them using this system, like “A Taxonomy of Reasons People Leave” or “A Taxonomy of Almosts.”
I think Spencer is drawn to taxonomy because he feels like, “If I can’t figure out where I fit in, at least I can figure out where everything else fits.”
I thought it would be really fun to create some YA-related taxonomies and see other people’s taxonomies, so…giveaway time!
How to play: Post your own YA-themed taxonomy on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #TaxonomyofYALove by December 31st. They can be as simple or as complicated as you want (see examples below), and could include your favorite YA book boyfriends or the 2018 books you’re most excited about or which Harry Potter ships you cannot abide. I’d love it if you tag me at @rachael_allen (Twitter) or @rachael.stewartallen (Instagram)!
What you win: A chance at an annotated copy of A Taxonomy of Love. (You know you want to know top secret stuff about my mom.)
Thanks, y’all! I can’t wait to see what people come up with!
xo, Rachael Allen
We can’t wait to see what you mad scientists come up with! And even if you don’t want to participate, you can follow along on Twitter and Instagram with #TaxonomyOfYALove.