Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this.”

That quote sums up Every Exquisite Thing pretty well. If life has ever felt like too much. If you have ever wanted to run away. If you have ever needed to free yourself, but didn’t know how…you will find yourself in this book.

Nanette O’Hare’s life is a sham. She's doing everything everybody else wants her to do. She can’t quite explain why nothing feels right and is not even sure what she should do or even if she has the right to complain. After all, she is living the privileged teenage suburban dream. 

However, when she reads the cult fiction book, The Bubblegum Reaper (which is suspiciously similar to Catcher in the Rye), her entire life changes. Suddenly, she is no longer willing to indulge in the herd-like mentality of her high school frenemies. With the help of The Bubblegum Reaper’s mysterious author and a newfound love, Alex, Nanette, begins a journey of tumultuous self-discovery. She quickly learns that being yourself always comes with a price--and, sometimes, it feels too high.

Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook, does an excellent job of weaving together this story of angst, rebirth, disillusion, and hope. If you are a lover of literature and poetry, you have come to the right place. You will enjoy references to many widely known literary works, such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Antigone, as well as discover a few new ones.

Other books you may want to check out: It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

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