Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

Being a person who daily checks (okay "stalks") authors in social media, I saw Matthew Quick's profile picture on Facebook. There's this hand-drawn upside-down turtle which made me suspect that he's publishing a new book. And HE DID published a new book titled "Every Exquisite Thing" just this month. I grabbed a fresh copy on the first week that it was released here in the Philippines. It's weird because the hardbounds are plastic covered. The book cover is already a surprise itself. It's amazing! 

Didn’t you ever just simply want to…stop?

Star athlete and straight-A student Nanette O’Hare has played the role of dutiful daughter for as long as she can remember. But one day, a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper—a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic—and the rebel within Nanette awakens.

This book speaks to me. If I'm being honest with myself, it contains thoughts that I keep in the deepest, darkest part of my brain. That's what Matthew Quick does. He writes about things that we keep in our minds. Things that are really scary if we let them all out. There are so many expectations that every single human being has to endure. We are all expected to be someone who will contribute to a functioning society. Every Exquisite Thing make you ask yourself why do you need to do it? Why do we have to do things to appease other people? Do we appease ourselves in the process too? Then there is rebellion. It's my favorite characteristic of this book. How satisfying will it be in real life if I can just raise my two middle fingers in the air while I turn my back from people who expects me to do things that I'm good at but hate doing while saying, "Fuck it! I don't want to do it anymore!".

If you're looking for a great story to read for fun, you'll be disappointed. I personally am not a big fan of the characters. Nanette is a spoiled brat who always gets what she wants. She have really supportive parents that apparently doesn't get angry about anything she does. Lucky gal! Alex on the other hand is just mainly a concept of a poet, a rebellious poet who represents the mental illness that Quick addresses in each of his novels. Mr. Booker is the teacher or mentor (also a concept in every Matthew Quick book) who I thought would know a lot better himself. I liked the 3 pages of The Bubble Gum Reaper story better than the whole story of Nanette. But as a whole, Every Exquisite Thing is a thought-provoking and honest coming-of-age novel.

Overall, I will recommend this book to people who are in the midst of confusion in their life - People who are figuring out their purpose and are tired of being told what to do or not. Reading this book may become a wake up call. I dare you.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Matthew Quick: Book Signing Event Philippines

Last August 30, I attended my second book signing event at Raffles Makati. Mathew Quick is the author known for writing the Oscar-winning movie The Silver Linings Playbook. Fortunately, the first book written by him that I read was Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock which was lend by my cousin for the holidays last year. After reading this book and watching The Silver Lining Playbook, I already saw the pattern in Quick's writing style and the subject of mental issues with the characters. His books are always a page turner and you'll always find yourself looking for the mystery of the character with each page. The vocabulary that he uses is easy to understand as well as the limited-present story-telling. 

All four books: The Good Luck of Right Now, The Silver Linings Playbook, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and Love May Fail are all available here in the Philippines. Love May Fail is his latest book which I am currently excited about since I heard that Emma Stone signed up for a part in the movie. I am so excited to see her as Portia Kane. This book tackles about growing older and realizing the importance of one's passion as oppose to the money you make. The ending made me cry, damn those paper planes (Hehe!). On the other hand The Good Luck of Right Now tackles a more sensitive issue which may raise an eyebrow or two of the religious Catholics. Of all the Matthew Quick's books, I believe it is the darkest one so far.

Alas, my signed copies! Yay! Matthew Quick's book signing event is a part of the annual Philippine Literary Festival 2015. I particularly liked listening to him answer all the host's questions. He was precise and takes his time in elaborating his point in every answer. Everything about his talk inspired me to write and read more. I absolutely adore him!

Saturday, September 5, 2015


What an odd title for a first blog post as you may say. I want to explain, but first let me introduce myself (the old school way). My name is Krisella and this is my literary blog. It's a rainy Saturday night from where I'm at and I might say that thoughts are pouring (Pun intended, No? Okay). Can I just say that I am happy to finally start writing here. I created this url months ago but I just don't have the will to start it. Finally, a trigger came.

Love May Fail, but so did Churros

"OLA!!" The servers from La Lola's Churreria would say as I enter their store for the first time. We were pressured (Okay, "hyped") to try it because photos of people lining up for their Churros were all over the internet. It's funny because I never thought I hated Churros until I tried the best one in town. Just because everyone loves it doesn't mean you'll like it as well. Anyway, the relevance of the title to this blog post is that I can compare creating this blog with my failed attempt on that Churro experience. This is the part where the server greets me. Ola! And right now, I'm in the line while waiting to figure out if this is a good idea or not. Well isn't that a great way to put a new meaning to metaphor.

Now maybe you're asking me, What is the trigger? Two hours ago I finished reading "Love May Fail" by Matthew Quick. A week ago I even attended his book signing event here in the Philippines and I must say that it's one for the books. I read all four of his published books in our country and they're nothing like I've read before. I wanted to rave about him and his amazing way of writing which apparently is the game changer for me since Dystopian novels or "Futuristic Thrillers" is what I've been reading mostly for the past few years of active reading. This year, I noticed the variety of books that interests me and so I thought of writing my thoughts about them. On the contrary, reading Matthew Quick books (and listening to him talk) made me hate people who rate and review book authors. So how should I put it? I admit that I'm one of those Goodreads users who rates books with only 2 stars when I'm not feeling the book that I just read. He's right when he wrote that people who makes author feel bad abot their writing are just jealous because they can't publish a novel themselves. Yes, I am jealous because it's hard to write one, and I don't want to continue writing negativity. But I want to start a blog that writes about my positive experience with the books that I'm reading.

In some ways (another metaphor alert!), maybe reading books is like finding out if you like Churros. Some people may love it to the extent of not minding a 30 minute line just to grab a copy or bite. But that doesn't mean that everyone must love it just because other people do. We are all entitled of our own opinion may it be about Churros or a book we come to like. I don't want this blog to tell people what to hate or love. This blog will be a reference or a journal of what made me line up for the experience.