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Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick|
The Bubblegum Reaper?

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Nanette O'Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bugglegum Reaper--a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic--the rebel within Nanette awakens.
As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion sometimes comes at a high price.

✱ Pages: 272 (hardcover)
✱ Publication date: 31 May 2016
✱ Provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
This was my first Matthew Quick book! I read an excerpt of the first few chapters two or three months back, and I was already hooked, so you can imagine how super excited I was to receive and ARC for this one!

My Rambling "This is Why I Love It" Review

You probably already got the basic message: I really loved Every Exquisite Thing. It's one of those books I just couldn't put down. The plot actually surprised me and things took a surprisingly serious turn but that made me love this story even more. I really don't want to go into the specifics because I fear that would take away from your reading experience! Suffice it to say that this story handles serious topics in a way that makes you think. It really fits this story, and I much prefer that to, say, making something horrible happen because it's emotive and will make the reader cry (which is also cool and necessary [yes, I'm looking at you, All the Bright Places] but I don't always want that, you know?)

My favourite thing about Every Exquisite Thing might be that it touches upon some really important topics: mental health and therapy, how we live our lives, and - as a kind of central theme - literature and stories and their profound effect on us. I highlighted so many passages of this book that I can't even pick favourites to share with you. I'm pretty sure I'll be rereading this as soon as I can manage it.

A book for the quiet rebels among us who don't want to go to prom, who excel at things they don't really enjoy, who get tired of doing what's expected just because other people tell them it's for the best, Every Exquisite Thing surprised me in the best way possible. It is refreshing, compelling, and honest: exactly what you want from good Young Adult literature.
Verdict: SO GOOD. Read it!
Have you read Matthew Quick before? And I'm always curious about this: which cover do you prefer? Keep reading my lovelies!

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