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review Every Exquisite Thing 103 Ô Didn’t you ever just simply want tostopStar 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 awakensAsNds the reclusive author and falls in love with a young troubled poet Forced to make some hard choices that bring devastating conseuences Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion can sometimes come at a high pric. Matthew uick is the cult leader of misfits and weirdo'sLike meHe speaks to us on a personal level and he just knows where it hurts where it suffers and he uses it to abuse us with his lyrical words To hurt to make us suffer but for some reason he is a healer as wellHe makes us accept our true being and wants us to fight for it Every Exuisite Thing begins so beautiful with uick's poignant outlook on society and individualsThe main narrator Nanette is very likable and we follow her story of losing and finding herself Nanette seems to have it all A straight A student her parents' good girl successful soccer player however she is unfulfilled and sad She does not click with her classmates and she feels at home with adults Her life changes when her teacher recommends her a book about a rebellious boy who wants to uitThat is the turning point for her and her journey beginsEver since Forgive me Leonard Peacock uick has been an author I have been keeping an eye on I sound like the main narrator Nanette but uick changed my life with that book FMLP was so sad so beautifully written and it hit so close to home with uick's observations about our world It immediately became one of the best novels I had ever read and it still isWhen a book is that special for you it becomes difficult to read another book by said author You have these expectations that are hard to live up toI am aware of thatPerhaps for those reasons I have never really loved another book by this author The brilliance of FMLP is too difficult to compliance with That being said when I started this book it immediately gripped me and I loved the novel the main narrator obsessed about It would exactly be the type of story I would obsess about too Here is an example of that story The problem is that Wrigley falls in live with one of two identical twin sisters named Lena and Stella Thatch only he doesn't know which he loves I was chuckling and smiling high and still feeling the dark undertone and perhaps deeper meaning of it all That is all uick He has the ability to make everything personal He is a poet like thatSticking his feelings in everything and everywhere and he makes me feel tooHis writing can make you laugh and sob ugly at the same time and that is his talent Nonetheless there were still some things that bothered meFor example when Nanette met Alex the troubled poet I did not see their click or chemistry whatsoever and did not understand what the purpose was of Alex in the story It felt like uick tried to make this accessible by throwing some unnecessary love in the mix but it felt off and did not fit the rest of the story His character was also not well crafted enough to make him interesting and I thought the novel lost its spark somewhere along the way with Alex' his poems and the little problems they encountered That made this novel not FMLP level for me The intensity of the beginning started to fade after a while and it became dull It still was a good read and I cannot wait to read his next novel3 stars

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Didn’t you ever just simply want tostopStar 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. “Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you have to do it”This tale follows star athlete and straight A student Nanette O’Hare Nanette 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 awakensThis review contains spoilersThe whole premise of a book within a book captured my attention from the start “The Bubblegum Reaper is about a boy who identifies himself as Wrigley because he’s addicted to Wrigley’s Doublemint chewing gum He says it calms his nerves and he chews so furiously and often that he freuently gets jaw aches and even “the occasional bout of lockjaw” He never tells you his real name as you follow him through a year of high school”I still feel fully invested in The Bubblegum Reaper and on finding out what really happened to Wrigley at the end What did he uitAnd Nanette’s reaction to the ending of the book was exactly how I felt after finishing some of my all time favorite stories “This book is me Me It’s so much than a story The author has a responsibility to provide answers All the answers”Luckily for her the author of Nanette’s new favorite book lives within walking distance of her school “And I hear that if you offer to buy him a cup of coffee at the House he’ll speak with you Although I should warn you that he never ever gives a straight answer And I think he actually hates The Bubblegum Reaper now”They arrange to meet for coffee where she asks all the pressing uestions we want to know “I went to my third uestion saying “What happens to Wrigley after he gets out of the creek”“Who says he ever gets out”“So he drowns”“We can’t know for sure”“Why”“The story ends”“But you could write ”“No I can’t There’s no to write”“Why”“Just the way it is The story ends where it ends”I LOVED his response to Nanette’s uestion “What happens to Wrigley after he gets out of the creek” “See that nice woman who served us our coffee”I looked back over my shoulder at the tall cashier with the brown ponytail and the permanent smile on her face and I nodded“Her name is Ruth” Booker said “Ever see her before”Kids my age never came into this coffee shop so I said “No”“Maybe you won’t ever see her again”“So”“You only got to see five minutes of Ruth’s story And that’s just the way it is But Ruth well she goes on now whether you’re looking or not She does all sorts of things that some people see and some don’t But your version of Ruth’s story will be the five minutes you spent buying coffee from her That’s just the way it is”After she receives her answers she befriends the reclusive author Nigel Booker “And if you are one of those pessimistic people who think that an old man can’t befriend a teenage girl without some sort of perverted deviant ulterior motive let me end the witch hunt right here and now Booker was as grandfatherly as they come and never once did or said anything inappropriate or sleazy No funny business at all ever went on between us I loved him like I loved walking through summer grass barefoot like I loved a warm mug in my palms like I loved driving on a long road as the sun sets in the distance It was a good safe simple sort of friendship—well at first anyway”So the beginning of this story was great— seriously the amount of uotes I have in my notes from those first 50 pages are a tad excessive I just felt like the author perfectly got meFor instance Nanette talking about Charles Bukowski’s “The Genius of the Crowd” perfectly captures the feeling you get after finishing a fantastic book “Reading that poem was like putting on the proper prescription glasses after bumping into walls for my entire life Bukowski was able to sum up precisely what I had been feeling for many years and he made it look so easy on the page”Also I have to share this next uote because reasons “We evolve as people I’m not the same man who wrote that book twenty some years ago And you won’t be the same girl in love with Wrigley forever”I blushed because he was right about one thing I absolutely was in love with Wrigley I’d even begun hanging around the pond in our town where turtles sun in the summer because I was secretly hoping that Wrigley would magically show up—like I could think him into existence as we do when we read fiction”This is 100% me about Ronan Lynch I wish I were jokingBut circling back to this story I was enjoying myself immensely for the first half “Time was flying by like pelicans over the sea while you stretch out on a towel during a hot summer’s day”But then Alex aka Little Lex and Nanette meet And I found them to be a bit pretentious when they were together especially with the whole “I don’t want to be like everyone else” I personally felt that Nanette was a bit on a high horse when she talked that way and she did numerous times “I used to worry that I was asexual or something but as Alex and I got to know each other taking long rides in his Jeep with the top down going to art house movies reading each other poetry on park benches in the city I started to realize what sexual attraction was all about”How am I not supposed to think that after reading what she just saidAlso comments like this made me cringe “She had on pewter eye shadow which I immediately wanted to wear myself even though I had never before worn eye shadow Hers didn’t make her look slutty like most of my classmates—who wore eye shadow heavy as porn stars—but mysterious and maybe even regal like a ueen”I really didn’t like Nanette and Alex together and I don’t get why they “fell in love” so uicklyAlex just really really bothered me with his comments and violent tendencies “You can fight with poetry”“Sometimes words just aren’t enough for the situation at hand”“Yeah but violence That’s never good”“Not good but sometimes necessary when people try to make you believe you are secondary or that you shouldn’t even exist Why do you think we study wars in history class How many months do we spend on World War II alone”Is he seriously comparing his past situation to the terrors of World War II I mean even Nanette commented on it “It was horrible to see him locked up like an animal And yet I was pretty sure he’d acted like an animal that needed to be caged which scared me“Are you okay” I asked“Never been better” Alex said as he hopped off the small bed “I’m like Henry David Thoreau in here Nelson Mandela Jesus Christ even”“This isn’t a joke They’re pressing charges” I said“Let them”And again Nelson Mandela You’re seriously going to compare your mediocre situation to Nelson Mandela “I thought I knew Alex and what we had felt so right For a while there I was never surer about anything in my entire life But Alex wasn’t who he seemed to be at first which ironically is exactly what he claims to be against—posturing or “pageantry” as Wrigley says”Because insta love isn’t loveAlso Nanette talking in third person all of a sudden was positively unnerving and I was just hoping for it to come to an end But on a positive note I did really appreciate June opening Nanette’s eyes to the situation “Did he even ask you one uestion about yourself when he showed up uninvited and interrupted—and based on what you told me I’d even say ruined—your family’s Christmas You told me about driving the Jeep with your parents and it sounded like pure bliss and then Alex inserts his problems into your life and you end up here feeling anxious and responsible Can you see how that makes Alex out to be the villain here”YES Thank youOverall the first 50 pages were great but Alex’s introduction to the story and Nanette’s nebulousness ruined the story a bit for meHowever listening to this amazing song helped a lot Note I'm an Affiliate If you're 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Every Exquisite ThingCopy of The Bubblegum Reaper a mysterious out of print cult classic and the rebel within Nanette awakensAs the new and outspoken Nanette attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon she befrie. You could say this is a standard Matthew uick book Misfits are his specialty Yet even though the subjects matter of the story are well trodden by uick himself too bullying loneliness depression obsession with a work of literature Nanette's experiences affected me Maybe because uick touches here upon something that YA doesn't explore enough the very real challenges of being an introvert in an extrovert dominated worldBecause Nanette's problems are so peculiar to her closed off personality I expect many will not relate to her as much as I do and I foresee to be upset by future reviews of this novel discounting Nanette's narrative as whinings of a privileged white girl