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review 2017-07-02 19:54
Every Exquisite Thing
Every Exquisite Thing - Matthew Quick

What I liked most about this novel is when Nanette finally begins to stand on her own two feet. She has always done what is right, been the perfect person and done what is expected of her. But when Nanette is given a novel by her teacher, this novel changes something inside her. The novel, The Bubblegum Reaper, was an older novel which Nanette instantly falls in love with. Her enthusiasm and passion for this novel was understood and appreciated, as I have felt the same way for a few novels that I have read. Reaching out to the author, Nanette wants answers to the questions that she has pertaining to the book but the author is reluctant to discuss the novel. Nanette does not back down and I enjoyed Nanette persistent probing and inquiring of the author over this novel. If I were in Nanette shoes, I don’t’ think I would be able to walk away either without giving it my all. It’s funny but as Nanette mentions the book, how many people have read it which leads to many discussions. These characters help her discover how to unlock her true identity, some of them just by who they are.

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review 2017-01-29 00:07
The Reason You're Alive by Matthew Quick
The Reason You're Alive - Matthew Quick The Reason You're Alive - Matthew Quick

A special thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


You may be familiar with Quick because of the success of The Silver Linings Playbook—isn't that such a great title?  I had not read anything of his and happily requested this book because The Silver Linings Playbook was such a fantastic movie, not just because of Bradley Cooper, but because of the story.


David Granger is a sixty-eight-year-old Vietnam vet that has crashed his BMW.  Upon further testing, it is revealed that he has a brain tumour that he attributes to his exposure to Agent Orange.  In the twilight from surgery, David repeats the name "Clayton Fire Bear" over and over.  Fire Bear a Native American soldier that Granger had the task of disciplining during the war, and his nemeses.  Granger stole something from him and decides that in order to make peace with his life, he must return it.  In search of closure, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery; this may save his sanity and help him deal with the loss of his beloved wife.


He is an incredibly multi-faceted character that is hanging on to his not so politically correct ideals in a changing world.  There is so much he doesn't understand, yet he ploughs forward, and stumbles his way through awkward social situations and modern American life with the help of his loved ones.  At times his behaviour is cringe-worthy, but under the surface is a kind, patriotic, honourable, and compassionate man.   


I loved the book and by the end I absolutely adored David, even with his many flaws.  His outspokenness was so comedic yet strangely endearing.  Pick this up, you'll be so glad you did!

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review 2016-11-20 19:09
Every Exquisite Thing Book Review
Every Exquisite Thing - Matthew Quick

Eh, I can't say I felt a lot when I finished this one. I didn't totally love it but I didn't totally hate it. One of those just okay books. The characters annoyed me more than not. But I appreciate the fact that Quick unabashedly discussed teenage issues like sex and other things.


Nanette is in her senior year. She's the star of the soccer team and all set to go to college. The problem is, she doesn't even know if she wants to play soccer or go to college. But everyone, including her parents are counting on her. Then she reads the Bubblegum Wrapper and it changes her life. From meeting the author to falling in love. Nanette truly starts to learn exactly who she is.


This is an odd little book. It bugged me when it went from first person to third person. Nanette seemed a bit too naive for me (maybe because I'm not longer a teen and in my late twenties?).


Its one of those books that I would only recommend to mature teens, because it does deal with some tough topics. I haven't read Silver Linings Playbook yet but am interested in the author enough to do so.

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review 2016-10-04 18:49
Poradnik pozytywnego myślenia - Joanna Dziubińska,Maria Borzobohata-Sawicka,Matthew Quick

Jest to powieść mega pozytywna. Pomimo tego, co Pata spotkało, on wciąż wierzył w szczęśliwego zakończenie. Jego wiara w miłość, happy end była niesamowita.
"Poradnik pozytywnego myślenia" czyta się szybko. Czas przy tej lekturza mija przyjemnie. A sama książka jest wspaniała... i lekka... i przyjemna. Po prostu pozytywna.

Może coś o bohaterach? Pat - sympatyczny koleść, który powoli dowiaduje się prawdy o tym, co się stało. Uwielniam Pata ;) Tiffany tak inna od Pata, a jednak podobna. Coś ich łączy już od pierwszych chwil. Mama Pata - urocza, kochana... a tata - na początku go nie potrafiłam polubić, ale rozumiałam, dlaczego jest jaki jest. Terapeuta Pata - taki niby kolega, niby terapeuta. Fajna postać, która naprawdę pomogła Patowi.

"Poradnik pozytywnego myślenia" to historia Pata widziana jego oczami. Poznawanie nowych elemetów układanki wtedy, gdy Pat je poznawał. Lubię, gdy tak się przestawia historię. Lubię, gdy widzimy historię tak jak widzi ją główny bohater. Wtedy bardziej się wczuwam, potrafię lepiej odczuć to, co on czuje i dlaczego.

"Poradnik pozytywnego myślenia" to historia o miłości. Niby historia o miłości, ale też poznawanie siebie, prawdy o sobie. Romantyczna historia, która nie do końca jest romansem. Ciekawa, interesująca książka, w której pokazana jest zwykła i (być może) nudna codzienność bohatera. I choć Pat ma swoje rytuały, które musi robić codziennie, to i tak jest ciekawie.

Książkę gorąco polecam.

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review 2016-08-21 00:00
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock - Matthew Quick I am not really sure how I feel about this book. It did hold my attention and I did enjoy how the author put us into a young man's brain but I am still shaking my head trying to figure out the ending. I feel cheated.

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