Every Exquisite Thing
Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 31, 2016
No. of Pages: Hardcover, 272 pages
Synopsis and Review:
Every Exquisite Thing follows all-rounded achiever Nanette O’Hare who has always been a respectful daughter and a brilliant student. When her favorite teacher gifts her an out-of-print classic called The Bubblegum Reaper, she begins to realize how truly unhappy she is about life. Unsatisfied by the company of her sex-crazed high school friends and her well-planned life, she seeks refuge with the author of her new favorite book and a troubled poet.
This is my first Matthew Quick title and reading Every Exquisite Thing leaves me wanting to read most, if not all, his other titles immediately. His writing style is exquisite and he manages to capture the emotions of troubled teens precisely. Although books about misfits are common enough, I somehow relate to Nanette O’Hare much more than to other misfits. Perhaps this is because Matthew Quick has created a character that is actually, for lack of a better word, “normal” – outgoing, hardworking and middle to high income family. It is only because she doesn’t follow the society norm that makes her considered a weirdo.
It is beyond amazing to read her whole journey in the story, from her slow realization that she doesn’t actually like doing the things that she is talented at, to her newfound hope when she becomes friends with the author and a poet. Love, hope, heartbreak, lost, and more emotions are all twisted and weaved together in this novel.
Perhaps Every Exquisite Thing is the true The Bubblegum Reaper, the one book that will resonate your pain of feeling that you don’t fit in anywhere. It is so beautifully written and heart-wrenching at the same time. How impactful this book is to you depends on how much you relate to the characters on a personal level and thus no review will do it justice.
A definite must-read.