Saturday, February 18, 2017
Every Exquisite Thing, by Matthew Quick
An interesting story that will resonate with outsiders and introverts (i.e., the vast majority of bookish teens), although Nanette's ability to move among both popular cliques and outsiders will be alien. The search for greater meaning is universally adolescent. Surprisingly, while the topic is well-trod, there's room for Quick to have a few fresh things to say.
As a result, the story has a timelessness to it that will give it some legs, but is there really room for a new classic about the shallowness of modern civilization? Do we need more rejection of the cynical adult world? Or are we too attached to media spin-offs and stories about superheroes? For those who are looking for relief from mass-commercialism, this is the book!