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Every Exquisite Thing Hardcover – May 31, 2016
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* "The author's beautifully written first-person narrative captures the thoughts and feelings of a sensitive eighteen-year-old girl struggling against the shallowness she sees around her....All of the elements of this novel work together to make this an outstanding coming-of-age story."―VOYA, starred review
* "Quick continues to excel at writing thought-provoking stories about nonconformity.... [and] paints a compelling portrait of a sympathetic teenager going through the trial-and-error process of growing up."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Like the many anticonformity books before it, this will find a dedicated audience among teen readers."―School Library Journal, starred review
"Quick's story will speak to teenage eccentrics: loners, rebels, and creative types; the kind to follow Booker's suggestions to read Bukowski and Neruda; those ripe for transformation."―Horn Book
"A strong, well-written female protagonist sets this coming-of-age novel apart."―Kirkus Reviews
"Quick creates beautifully well-rounded characters, particularly Nanette, whose first-person narrative, rich with wry observations and a kaleidoscope of meaningful emotions, offers great insight into the mind of a teen on a sometimes sluggish, spiraling path toward sorting herself out."―Booklist
"[Quick] will give readers lots to chew on as they join Nanette in sorting out angst from general privileged malaise."―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
- Lexile Measure : 900L
- Grade Level : 10 and up
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 031637959X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316379595
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 31, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 15 and up
- Best Sellers Rank: #826,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bubblegum Reaper -- the book that Nanette reads at the beginning of this book -- has a very pronounced similarity to the The Catcher in the Rye -- it is ostensibly about a misunderstood teenager who wants to quit it all, it has an ending that leaves more questions than answers and, most similarly, it is written by a recluse who basically faded from public life after this book was published despite the fact that it has since attained cult-like status and driven thousands of people to try and seek out the author for answers. Nanette, too, wants to seek out these answers and when she finds out that the reclusive author lives not more than 20 minutes away from her, she strikes up a friendship with him that changes everything. I won't tell you anything else about the plot because this is one you should read but the star of this book is the writing -- it is lyrical and poetic but not heavy handed. It doesn't take itself too seriously or try too hard. I couldn't put this down and I never felt that moment, like I have felt recently no matter what I'm reading, that the book was dragging along. It is short but mighty and now, for me, filled with so many highlights of passages that I will read and re-read every year. My review isn't doing this book justice, at all, but you know by now that I loved it. I rarely give books five star reviews because I rarely read five star books. This is one of them.
I highly recommend this to pretty much everyone that's ever been a teenager and/or fallen in love with The Catcher in the Rye—sometimes I think those two things are synonymous. This actually reminded me of several other favorites and it will star in a This & That soon but, for now, I can say that this was such an amazing read for me.
Matthew Quicks stories rarely have fairy tale endings. They are much more realistic. Yet somehow I always find myself cheering for the characters. Somehow I always find myself with a little more hope.
Beautiful writing! Thank you Mr. Quick, you've written an amazing book I look forward to reading over and over again!
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Feels so easy to read. No unnecessarily complicated language. But still a story with depth and feeling. Simple but amazing characters appear on the page. People you care about. Read this !