January 16, 2017

Every Exquisite Thing

Every Exquisite Thing
Matthew Quick
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I really don't know why I bothered. I haven't had any good experiences with 'contemporary', but I just kept hearing so many good things about this author so I decided to try it. Clearly, I fail at seeing the good in this genre.

Blurb from Goodreads: "Didn’t you ever just simply want to…stop?

Star athlete and straight-A student Nanette O’Hare has played the role of dutiful daughter for as long as she can remember. But one day, a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper—a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic—and the rebel within Nanette awakens.

As the new and outspoken Nanette attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, she befriends the reclusive author and falls in love with a young, troubled poet. Forced to make some hard choices that bring devastating consequences, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion can sometimes come at a high price."
First of all, I find it miraculous that I haven't seen many comparisons to The Fault in Our Stars (another book I wasn't a huge fan of). Minus the cancer, this book is very similar. For instance, the two main characters obsess over their favorite book and contact the author. There are other similarities but I won't spoil it.

One of the other main reasons I wasn't a fan of this book is because Nanette, the main character, goes to therapy and her psychologist/psychiatrist suggests that she starts thinking & speaking in third person, which translates to half of the book being in the third person, including the main character constantly saying 'Nanette did this' or 'Nanette likes this' which was incredibly annoying. I appreciate the message of being true to yourself and not following the crowd just because it's expected of you, but I just could not get into it.
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