Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016
Audience: Older Teens
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.
I always love Matthew Quick’s books - especially his teen stories. Books about books - fictional or real - are perfect for bookworms, and are always fun to read. Teen will especially love all the drama that The Bubblegum Reaper brings out in Every Exquisite Thing. I’ll definitely reread this one someday, as many of the details are fuzzy. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it just as much the second time around!