Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick | Book Review
Every Exquisite Thing follows Nanette, a teen who feels like she is separated from the rest of her schoolmates. Her teacher gives her a book, and she makes contact with the author. I really enjoyed this novel. I think the best way to explain this book is that it was eloquent. It weaves a tale of a girl who goes through a lot of change in her final year of high school while she tries to figure out who she is, who she wants to be and what she wants to do with her life.
I thought the characters were very interesting, each with their own quirks. They each had a struggle of some sort to overcome, even if it was really small.
The novel left the surface and went deep. It went into loneliness, mistaken identity, depression, friendship, loyalty and angst. I really enjoyed this and I think that at least one part of this story will be relatable to every teen or adult. Because the story was told in the first person, you can really see the full effect of what is going on in Nanette’s life on her. This took the story to a whole new level that it would not have gone to had it been told by an omnipresent narrator.
I listened to this book through Audible, which I enjoyed too. The only negative thing I noticed was that the narrator sounded like she was about 35, and for a book that is meant to be about teenagers, it didn’t quite fit for me. I got used to it and ended up enjoying the audiobook though.
I’d recommend this novel to readers of teen authors like John Green or David Levithan.
Thanks to Hachette for my copy of Every Exquisite Thing for review