Every Exquisite Thing

Every Exquisite Thing

by Matthew Quick


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From the bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes a heartfelt and rebellious novel in the vein of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Nanette O'Hare has played the quintessential privileged star athlete and straight-A student for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper—a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic—the rebel within Nanette awakens.

As the new and outspoken Nanette attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, she learns that rebellion can sometimes come at a high price...and with devastating consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316379618
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 346,083
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, The Good Luck of Right Now, and four young adult novels, Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and Every Exquisite Thing. His work has been translated into thirty languages, and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. The Weinstein Company and David O. Russell adapted The Silver Linings Playbook into an Academy Award winning film. Q lives in North Carolina with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Besette.

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Every Exquisite Thing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet, magical, high school nostalgia! Loved this!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
What I liked most about this novel is when Nanette finally begins to stand on her own two feet. She has always done what is right, been the perfect person and done what is expected of her. But when Nanette is given a novel by her teacher, this novel changes something inside her. The novel, The Bubblegum Reaper, was an older novel which Nanette instantly falls in love with. Her enthusiasm and passion for this novel was understood and appreciated, as I have felt the same way for a few novels that I have read. Reaching out to the author, Nanette wants answers to the questions that she has pertaining to the book but the author is reluctant to discuss the novel. Nanette does not back down and I enjoyed Nanette persistent probing and inquiring of the author over this novel. If I were in Nanette shoes, I don’t’ think I would be able to walk away either without giving it my all. It’s funny but as Nanette mentions the book, how many people have read it which leads to many discussions. These characters help her discover how to unlock her true identity, some of them just by who they are.
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
Do you have a favorite teacher with whom you eat lunch every day and gifts you with a copy of an out-of-print book? No? Well, Nanette O’Hare does. The Bubblegum Reaper is a cult classic and Mr. Graves thinks Nanette is just the right student to pass the book onto. She becomes obsessed with the book, reading it over and over again. So her teacher arranges for her to meet the author, Nigel Booker. Maybe he’ll answer all Nanette’s questions. Or, will he? Matthew Quick’s, Every Exquisite Thing, is some fine reading. I really like the author’s writing style. He does use a lot of metaphors. I especially liked the one where he compares parents to maps leading their children through life. The story is told in the first person by the main character, Nanette. It’s about being true to yourself and forging your own path in life. A wonderful story for anyone who doesn’t fit into the herd, individualists, the misfits of the world and their ilk.
TheBookBar More than 1 year ago
Bartender Rating: Top Shelf, YA readers, you must read this book! This and more reviews at The Book Bar.co Matthew Quick is an amazing story teller and in Every Exquisite Thing he treats us to multiple stories within one book. Not only does he address the struggles of youth, but he tells a young lady's story so perfectly. Feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders is something that everyone is going to experience, but when a child, just beginning the last year of high school, starts to drown under the pressures, her saving hand is truly unique and educational. Every Exquisite Thing is fast paced and full of experiences we all face(d) while growing up. I read the ARC version and I was taken aback when I first saw how many chapters there were, but they read more like journal entries; hitting all the good stuff and getting straight to the point. Words of wisdom, words that Nanette needs at this pivotal time of her life, come from aged and former author, Nigel Booker. Booker is full of strength and his encouragement to define her own path in life is inspirational. His crotchety attitude toward discussion about his one and only book and the mainstream lifestyle bond he and Nannette and she is empowered by his suggestions every time they meet. However, the reason why he's determined to steer conversation away from his book, a book that Nanette uses somewhat as a bible to solve her inner dilemmas, has caused Booker nothing by conflict since he first published it. Write what you know is evident in The Bubblegum Reaper. I loved how this became an after thought. It was addressed over and over, that Booker doesn't want to discuss his book, but Quick makes us look the other way and try to see the positive in the conversations Booker has with Nanette. Not until everything starts to fall apart do we see that maybe Booker wrote about what affected him so deeply and the past, present, fiction and "non-fiction" collide. Then it hits you, that Quick is writing about how books, stories and poems affect the reader. How deep they can touch the soul and how the reader is not alone in their thoughts or beliefs. It gives pause before taking off again on the adventure within the story. The supporting characters are reflective surfaces for Nanette and she takes a chance with all of them. She pushes her boundaries and this shapes her character into someone she can be happy with. Not perfect and definitely not finished, just someone that carries a little less weight on her shoulders so she can work on being present with who she is.