Summary (from Goodreads):
“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.”
I have been a fan of Matthew Quick’s for years and have read almost all of his books. My expectations for his novels are consistently high and always met. This one, especially, sounded absolutely perfect for me (I do love books about books).
I think sometimes the books that we cling to the most are the ones we encounter when we’re young—I’m not sure why that is. Maybe we’re reading them at the absolute perfect time or maybe we have a smaller basis for comparison? Either way, I absolutely understood how Nanette just became completely obsessed with the book and how quickly she came to over-rely on its author and the friends she met because of the book.
This is absolutely a book for people who love books. It may not be Matthew Quick’s best book (that’s probably Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock) but it’s still amazing.