Every Exquisite Thing

Paperback | April 4, 2017

byMatthew Quick

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Matthew Quick (aka Q) is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Silver Linings Playbook,The Good Luck of Right Now, and four young adult novels,Sorta Like a Rock Star,Boy21,Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock,andEvery 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 adaptedThe Silver Linings Playbookinto an Academy Award winning film. Q lives in North Carolina with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Besette.

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Matthew Quick (aka Q) is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Silver Linings Playbook,The Good Luck of Right Now, and four young adult novels,Sorta Like a Rock Star,Boy21,Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock,andEvery Exquisite Thing. His work has been translated into thirty languages, and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mentio...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316379611

ISBN - 13:9780316379618

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a Fan I picked this book up after reading the synopsis because I thought it sounded intriguing. It started off well enough, but a little ways in, I began to feel tired of the story, and just wished it would end. I didn't click with any of the characters. At first Nanette seemed like a quiet girl, who didn't fit in with her friends. After meeting Alex and Booker, she then became a pretentious dick to be quite honest. It was clear Nanette didn't know how to be herself, and so tried to become whoever those around her wanted her to be. I especially didn't like Nanette at the end of the book when she leads a boy on who really liked her by pretending to be everything she's not, and doesn't even appear to feel all that bad about it. Then there were Alex and Booker. I really didn't care for Alex at all. Like Nanette he didn't seem to know how to just be himself, and instead tried much too hard to be exactly like his favourite fictional character. I don't believe he ever really loved Nanette, but rather enjoyed the idea of being in love with her. He made everything about himself, and didn't take her feelings in to account once. As for Booker, I actually really liked him at the beginning. He was smart, kind, and funny in that old man type of way. In other words, I found him charming. That is, until Alex got into trouble and he became angry, refusing to be there for support for neither Nannette or Alex. He then became a grumpy, crazy, scared old man who refused to be their for his supposed friends when the going got a little tough. That being said, I did think the overall writing was very good. there were some great quotes, and even instances that I could personally relate to. Unfortunately these instances of greatness were ruined for me by the immensely annoying characters.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite Quick Matthew Quick's latest book, Every Exquisite Thing, is a YA read. I've enjoyed Quick's quirky characters, plots and thoughts in his previous books, especially The Silver Linings Playbook and The Good Luck of Right Now. When a beloved teacher gives Nannette O'Hare an out of print, cult classic novel called The Bubblegum Reaper, she is entranced, enthralled and consumed with it. She hunts down the author and meets Alex, another teen just as fascinated with the book, its origins and the meaning behind the words. Quick has created characters I wanted to be drawn to, that I wanted to care about. But I never really warmed up to Nanette. I felt like more of a dispassionate observer, rather than becoming immersed in her path. She herself employs a detached look at her own life, pretending to be someone she's not in the latter part of the book. I enjoyed the the supporting characters a bit more - I liked Alex and Oliver, but again was disappointed with how Quick dealt with Alex. Without revealing the plot line, I was angered by the way his story went - and how it was dealt with by the adults in his life. Booker, the author of The Bubblegum Reaper, kinda creeped me out a little bit. I found his involvement with these teens troublesome. But, Quick had me just as curious about the book and what the answers might be. I was engrossed in the story until he had the main character talking about herself in the third person. Hated it. A little bit would have been okay, but it just became annoying and irritating. And I finished off reading with that irked feeling. Every Exquisite Thing is a coming of age tale. Quick does bring in events, thoughts and situations that are part of a teen's search for self. The end message is good, but I just didn't enjoy the journey to the revelations as much as I had hoped to. Quick is a talented wordsmith and an author I will absolutely read again - this one just wasn't a hit with me. The title? It's a quote from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - "Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic."
Date published: 2016-05-18