Every Exquisite Thing

Quick, M. (2016). Every Exquisite Thing. New York: Little, Brown and Company.26245098

Nanette O’Hare is your typical teenager experiencing angst and hurt, and Every Exquisite Thing effortlessly succeeds in pulling the reader along with Nanette as she searches for answers. It all begins at Christmastime when her English teacher, Mr. Graves, gives her an out-of-print copy of the cult classic, The Bubblegum Reaper – complete with highlights, underlined passages, and dog-eared corners. The story speaks to some more than others. For Nanette, her obsession with the book causes her to reconsider past choices, drastically altering her relationships. She quits the soccer team as their star player, reconsiders college complete with a likely scholarship, and at her therapist’s suggestion, begins referring to herself in the third person. Will Nanette figure out what to do with the rest of her life?!

The Bubblegum Reaper provides a meta story (a story within a story) which is fun and full of quotable sayings, like

Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you have to do it.

I knew that I had reached the end of childhood once I realized that adults in my life didn’t know anymore than I did.

Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.

Three out of five stars.

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