Posted in Young Adult Lit

Every Exquisite Thing, by Matthew Quick

26245098Every Exquisite Thing
Matthew Quick
2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780316379595
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Age – High School
3.4 Stars

Nanette has been given a copy of The Bubblegum Reaper by her teacher, and it changes her life. As she struggles with the themes in the book, and the desire to know what happens after the story end, she meets the unlikely author. Only, he doesn’t want to talk about his book. He does, however, want to be her friend. Reading this book ultimately leads her to reevaluate herself, and her place in the world, and a whole lot more.

I really wanted to like this more than I did. While I appreciated the intensity of discovering your self in very difficult years, I just felt like Nanette was so busy with herself that she existed in a world where no one else had feelings or needs. Everyone was just a pawn to the greater calling of her life. Also, the third person thing got really old. Saying that, I really did find a lot of value hidden in this book. Life is HARD, and maybe we don’t let kids in on that fact early enough. Often it comes as a shock at some point in young adulthood. Knowing that, I like how the book portrays ways in which we can relate to life and people through literature, and our own emotions. I like that no matter how hard it gets, there are some people who will always be there, and there is always a way to change your own course.

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