Every Exquisite Thing

Every Exquisite Thing

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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 but 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. A celebration of the self and the formidable power of story, Every Exquisite Thing is Matthew Quick at his finest.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016
ISBN: 9780316379588
0316379581
9780316379625
031637962X
Branch Call Number: PZ7.Q3185
Characteristics: text file,rda
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angeliquelong
May 26, 2017

What can I say about this book that would justify how much I loved it?
This book went from, "oh, this is kind of lame" to, "This is life" really fast. I couldn't inhale the words fast enough.
This book is about a girl, one much like myself. An overachiever of sorts - but she was missing something in life.
She was lonely. She wasn't happy despite the fact that she was doing life well, or better yet, extraordinarily.
However, she had a teacher who saw through it all.
He gave her a novel that would forever change her life.
This is by far one of my favorite books I have ever read, and any student who is dealing with loneliness and perfectionism, or any person that feels like they are trying so hard to please other people at the risk of losing themselves, needs to read this novel!
I'm so glad I found this gem and will be purchasing it so that I can lend it to the people I love.
Five stars, hands down.

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taylorwoods
Feb 17, 2017

Matthew Quick has done it again.
I am completely blown away at all the intelligence, philosophy, and overall personal growth this novel inspires- especially for a Young Adult novel! Not saying YA can’t have heavy stuff going on- but this one blows it out of the water!

Nanette O’Hare has her life set out for her- captain of her high school soccer team, accepted into multiple colleges, and lives a very privileged life with two parents who can easily give her anything she desires.

One day she decides enough is enough and to just stop.

There are so many things I could say about this one and nothing would compare. I’m honestly a tad upset that I didn’t have a physical copy on hand so I could underline and highlight so many amazing quotes.

AL_KELSEY Feb 14, 2017

I haven't decided exactly what I think about this story. I did love the idea of readers falling so in love with a book that they make it their life. The main characters fully believe that this cult classic that was written was about a lost love, and that it has shaped the authors future. While literature can be magical in this manner, it's also possible that literature is just literature--there is no underlying issue or lesson.

AL_KATI Jan 23, 2017

This book blew me away. Sometimes when you read a book, you realize you were meant to read it at that exact moment. It made me remember that I am more than just an "I". I am a she. I am a woman.

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originofanna
Aug 27, 2016

This was disappointing. I was hoping it would be one of my favourites but I didn't like most of the characters and the plot dragged.

JCLChrisK Aug 04, 2016

This starts off deep, but maybe faux deep. Then it gets heavier and heavier. In the best possible way. It gets authentic. As Nanette digs deeper and deeper to find her authentic self.

I gather from what I've learned and read that everyone was insecure in high school, felt they didn't fit in and relate, that any popularity was based on falsity and pretense. Yet I can't shake the belief that I didn't fit in and relate more than my peers, that my views and values and aspirations were somehow different despite that insecurity. I really do believe I was different in a way that only a small percentage of us were different.

That's Nanette. She's a star athlete, popular, and everything everyone else expects. Then she realizes she has no idea who Nanette really is, aside from what everyone else expects. This is the story of her quest to figure that out. A most painful, isolating quest. Nanette has to figure out who she is without everyone else's expectations.

Painful, authentic, and true.

AL_ALYX Jul 27, 2016

The glimpses of poetry alone in this book will make your heart skip. This one is for any teen determined to march to their own drum.

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TSCPL_BeccaP
Apr 25, 2016

Real. That’s what this book is. A coming of age tale of Salinger proportions, Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick (Silver Linings Playbook; Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock) will leave you contemplating what is normal, what is rebellion, and what is the true self. Philosophical, relatable, real, and exceptionally written.

Nanette is that high school student who has it all – good grades, athletic skills, and popularity, but she starts to think about her life differently when her teacher introduces her to an out-of-print cult classic. This changes her whole view on life, causing her to forge new friendships, rebel, and to find her true self. But will it all come at too high a cost?

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angeliquelong
May 26, 2017

“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.”

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angeliquelong
May 26, 2017

“And I wondered if that was the problem with literature - it made sense only in theoretical situations and didn't often help in real life, where it took a hell of a lot more courage to live than to turn pages all alone, hidden away from the world in a corner or a bed or under a tree.”

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taylorwoods
Feb 17, 2017

And then one day you will look for you in the mirror and you’ll no longer be able to identify yourself - you’ll only see everyone else. You’ll know that you did what they wanted you to do. You will have assimilated. And you will hate yourself for it, because it will be too late.

JCLChrisK Aug 04, 2016

How was I to know that being honest would make our relationship so much better? Honesty doesn't always produce such good results. And then I think about how I've never really been honest with my peers, either. I never really let them see the true, authentic Nanette O'Hare. Few people besides Alex and Oliver got to hang out with her. And maybe that was my big mistake.

JCLChrisK Aug 04, 2016

There are seven billion people in the world and you have only experienced twenty thousand at the most. And those twenty thousand were fairly homogeneous. Your experiences with people have been largely dictated by your parents' choices. The neighborhood in which they chose to purchase a house. Where they sent you to school. And maybe those choices weren't the best for you. Maybe you don't fit in where you are now... There are seven billion other people out there. Seven billion. Are you really pessimistic enough to believe that you wouldn't get along with any of them?

AL_ALYX Jul 27, 2016

"It seems as if Alex is hiding behind the metaphors and similes and symbolism, and she wishes he would have just written her simple letters explaining everything instead of giving her poems that stir up emotions in her chest, challenge her to think deeply, but ultimately explain nothing at all".

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angeliquelong
May 26, 2017

angeliquelong thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

AL_ALYX Jul 27, 2016

AL_ALYX thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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TSCPL_BeccaP
Apr 25, 2016

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angeliquelong
May 26, 2017

Sexual Content: There is a scene that describes Nanette losing her virginity. They also refer to her boyfriend having an erection.

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angeliquelong
May 26, 2017

Coarse Language: There are quite a few curse words in this novel.

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