By Matthew Quick
3 out of 5 stars
Nanette O’Hare is at that tough age where you are about to leave high school and aren’t sure if the path you are on is the one you truly want. A beloved teacher gives her a copy of The Bubblegum Reaper and it changes her life immensely. Her teacher sets up a meeting with the reclusive author and the two start a friendly relationship. Nanette wants answers to all her questions about the book but he doesn’t give them. He does arrange for another kid, Alex, to have dinner with them and the sparks ignite between them. Nanette and Alex have a lot in common, the book anyway, and their relationship works as a catalyst for Nanette to totally change her life. Alex befriends Oliver, a middle school boy who is being bullied, much like Alex was when he was younger. Nanette doesn’t agree with how Alex handles things but this doesn’t seem to slow down their relationship. He is obviously very manic. There is a black cloud hanging over him and you feel that throughout the story. Will they ever find out what the book is really about?
Oh the lovely teen years. That time in life when you just want to fit in or maybe not fit in. You rebel or you don’t. Thank goodness I had a friend that I talked to every night who would tell me that I shouldn’t listen to anyone else. He would ask me why about a lot of things. Everyone needs that friend and maybe Nanette had that with Alex but I felt he was really not a good thing in her life. And quite frankly, it was hard to like Nanette. I enjoyed the book for the most part and then we come to Nanette going to therapy and she starts speaking in the third person. I would scream if someone talked like that all the time. I wanted to scream at the book. It made me want to skip through those parts but it was a big part of the storyline so I couldn’t. I know lots of people loved this book but it was just okay for me.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.