All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

by: Bryn Greenwood

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Goodreads Description:

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.

Helen says: Either 🤓 or 🤓🤓🤓🤓 depending on my mood.

This book will disturb the hell out of you! Haunting is the best descriptive term for this novel. I don’t have a formed opinion yet – I waffle between whether this was a story of sexual exploitation of a minor or a loving story of a family. For those that enjoyed Lolita (pervert!), you will enjoy this book too. p.s. Click on the link below to read an interesting article about the author and her inspiration for the book.

Interesting NPR article about the author and her inspiration- click here to read.

Holly says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓1/4

This one wins the price for most disturbing book of the month, and I highly recommend it. Again, another tale where the lines of right and wrong are very blurred. If you are the parent of a young pre-teen girl, I expect you will find this story especially difficult to read. Very original, very moving, and I would think challenging for those who see things in black and white – this one is full of gray, and the title could not be more apt.

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2 thoughts on “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  1. I loved this book, as disturbing as it was. I had a hard time accepting the relationship, but I also think it saved the main character. It was a book I couldn’t put down!

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