Nanette is a star soccer player, with excellent grades, and parents who are able to pay to send her to a great college. But part of her feels trapped. After her teacher gives her The Bubblegum Reaper (an out of print cult classic), Nanette becomes obsessed with the book and its main character Wrigley. Her teacher puts her in contact with the author (Booker), initially so she can ask about what happened to Wrigley, but finds herself friends with the author instead (and Booker never discusses his book with his friends). As she spends time with Booker (and then is introduced to a fellow Bubblegum Reaper fan, Alex, who she begins to fall in love with) Nanette starts to question everything about her life and what she really wants. She quits soccer, ditches school, and spends most of her free time with Alex. However, as her and Alex try to fight against the conventional Alex makes a decision that result in some tough consequences.
Every Exquisite Thing is engaging, emotional, and frustrating. Questioning what everyone else is doing can damage and end friendships, but sometimes it can help others understand and appreciate who you really are. However, there is a line between question the conventional, and just being mean to those you think are being conventional, and personally I think Nanette crossed that line in several instances and by the end I just found her to be selfish and whiny. But a main character doesn’t have to be likable for the story to be enjoyable and Quick has created a well crafted story and characters with interesting questions and a world that lacks many of the answers.