Sunday, July 17, 2016

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

Every Exquisite Thing 
Matthew Quick
5/5 stars

(I was given this ARC by the Amazon Vine program in return for an honest review.)

Eighteen-year-old Nanette has spent all her life living up to the expectations of others, too afraid to do what she really wants with her life. She is given a book with a protagonist that "quits", rebels, and does things his own way, which changes her outlook on life. Nanette becomes friends with the author, gets her first boyfriend (an aspiring poet who is also a fan of the book), and begins to make her own decisions--becoming a rebel herself. She finds that rebelling can have drastic repercussions on herself and others.

Every Exquisite Thing, like Quick's other novels, deals with the serious subject of mental health issues. Again, as with his other novels, he treats this subject with delicacy and understanding, and without condescension. For those not familiar with mental health issues, this book will reveal a world that needs to be comprehended; for those that are familiar with these issues, it will be a comfort to see that they are not alone.

Told by Nanette in first person, this moving novel is immediately engrossing and stays so until the end. The situations are real, the characters well developed, and the prose excellent. It is marketed as a Young Adult book, but I found it equally suitable for an adult.

While it wasn't as stunning as the Silver Linings Playbook or the Good Luck of Right Now, Every Exquisite Thing is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it.

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