All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

All the Ugly and Wonderful ThingsAll the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on August 9th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 346
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New York Times BestsellerGoodreads Best Fiction of 2016 Runner-Up
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.

I honestly don’t even know what to say. This book. Wow.

I had such high expectations for this. I was prepared for a groundbreaking, Earth-shattering, (at the very least enjoyable) read. What I got? More uncomfortable that I ever wanted to be. You know how some books broach difficult subject matter that makes you feel a little icky but in a good way? Like… yes this is a thing.. let’s confront it and not worry about it being taboo. I did not get that at all! I got.. oh man, I hope the person next to me on this plane doesn’t judge me for reading hillbilly porn. Yes. I said it. Hillbilly porn. That’s my best summation of this story. And the thing that makes me crazy is that it was the book of the year on BOTM’s website. WHY!??

So the novel revolves around a young girl called Wavy and her totally screwed up life. She is the product of a meth dealer and a woman too stoned to even acknowledge her children most days. Then Wavy is introduced to Kellen, an overweight, motorcycle riding thug who works for her father, when he has a motorcycle accident in front of her. They begin this weird pedophilloic love story that is so unhealthy and difficult to read about. I didn’t like any of the characters. I didn’t want a happy ending.

So you guys remember when Stephanie Meyer wrote that Jacob imprinted on Renesmee and we were all a little WHAT? NO. This book is basically what would have happened if Renesmee was 11-12¬†and Jacob decided he had waited long enough. So disturbing. So not for me. Apparently, there are people out there who found this inspiring. I was not one of those people. I did not like this at all. Which, I feel is pretty obvious at this point. So yeah. There’s that. I’m glad I got this off my chest.

Did you read this? Did you need a shower immediately after to scrub the filth away?!

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2 comments for “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  1. Sorry to hear this wasn’t the best! I hate when I feel disappointed by books that I am so highly anticipating AND OH MY GOSH after reading your review this book sounds highly disturbing so I’m probably just going to skip this one! Thanks for the review and your honesty!

  2. Yikes! This’s been on my TBR for quite a while, but your review has made me quite apprehensive. I’ll probably still try it, but I’ll definitely keep your thoughts in mind while reading it.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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