Thursday, December 8, 2016

Every Exquisite Thing, by Matthew Quick

In the novel Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick, Nanette is a star soccer player and straight-A student. Her teacher, Mr. Graves, gives her a worn out copy of the book “The Bubblegum Reaper”, which is about a boy who is in love with one of two twins and doesn’t know which one he loves. When Nanette finishes the book, she is left wanting to know more about the main character, so her teacher recommends she meets the author of the book, who lives close by. 

She befriends the author and ends up meeting a boy named Alex and his friend Oliver. Alex, Oliver, and Nanette want to figure out the mystery of who “The Bubblegum Reaper” is about, so they buy an old yearbook from Booker’s old high school from his senior year. In the yearbook, there is a set of twins with names very similar to the twins in the book. One of the twins had died, so they decide to visit the other twin and find out if they knew the book was written about them. After they visit the twin and give her a copy of “The Bubblegum Reaper” Alex goes to the parents of Oliver’s bullies and has a talk with them. However, Alex punches one of the fathers and gets sent to jail. He is then sent to reform school. Will they ever find out the mystery of “The Bubblegum Reaper”? Will Alex make it out of reform school? Read the book to find out! 

I enjoyed reading the novel Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick. It was very well written and all the events were described well. I love how the author described the story of “The Bubblegum Reaper” inside the novel. I also like that the author split up the book into three parts. The author used vivid and original language in all of Alex’s poetry. He also describes the struggle that Nanette has to discover who she really is very well. I never wanted to put the book down because it was so good! I would recommend the novel Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick to any teens. It is very interesting and many teens would be able to relate to Nanette and the struggle she has to discover who she really is. It is a great read and I think that all teens would like it.

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