All The Ugly And Wonderful Things – Bryn Greenwood

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.


Published 08-09-2016

Disturbing, yet intrinsically beautiful. This is the kind of book that you go into, thinking you know who you are and what you believe to be right and wrong, and black and white, but changes you by the end. The story of Wavy and Kellen demands that your heart and mind be open to situations and ideas that most of us have been lucky enough to never have to consider. This book covers serious issues, including the controversial love story between a grown man and a young, teenaged girl. I know this is wrong. YOU know this is wrong. That’s simply not the point.

I came across this quote that really seemed to fit the story well: “The great tragedy of Science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.” Thomas H. Huxley

The hypothesis is how the reader thinks things should be, and the fact is how things are.

It is both difficult and devastating to read, but at the same time the characters are so rich and “alive” that you start to develop a true empathy toward them. I found myself putting myself in their shoes, and really considering their choices as they related to their reality.

The story is so masterfully written that I felt like the characters themselves were inviting me to be a fly on the wall of their lives, like it wasn’t just a talented author telling a tale through words.

Let us know if you have read this book, and what you thought… or let us know why you picked it to be on your TBR list. You can order a copy here.

❤ amy




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