4.5 stars out of 5
I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was very excited to read this book and I was not disappointed! This book captured me from page one. It is about a girl, Nanette, who is a star soccer player, has lots of friends, but feels like an outsider. Eventually, through a series of events, she does become an outsider and ridiculed by her peers. Nanette is given a rare book to read by one of her teachers and she becomes obsessed with the story. She meets the author and other fans of the book which become her new friends. I LOVE books that are about characters who love books!
The author, Matthew Quick, also wrote Silver Linings Playbook which I did not read but did enjoy the movie. His prose is gorgeous. There were times I had to stop and reread something because it was so beautiful. For example, “Lonely people often have great ideas but no support. People with support too often have bad ideas but power. And you don’t give up power. No one does, regardless of whether they have good ideas or not. No one gives up power without a long, bloody fight-one that usually involves foul play. Lonely people typically can’t stomach treachery, and that’s another problem. They tend to tell the truth and fight fair. So we need art and music and poetry for the lonely people to rally around.”
The author seems to grasp problems teens deal with while in high school and looking to their future. I HIGHLY recommend this book not only for older teens but for parents of teens. Parents, myself included, put a lot of pressure on these kids and we don’t always know what is going on in their heads. Matthew Quick does an excellent job telling us through Nanette’s story.
This book is to be released May 10, 2016
Goodreads summary below
Nanette O’Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bugglegum Reaper–a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic–the rebel within Nanette awakens.
As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion sometimes comes at a high price.