All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by 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.


ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

WOW, so I don’t think I can write a review that would do this book an ounce of justice, but I’ll give it my best shot…


Originally I was going to give this one a pass. The ages of the two main characters , and the subject matter just didn’t sit right with me as a mother of a 14 and 11 year old. I just didn’t think I could go into this with an open mind. That said, I kept seeing all these 4 and 5 star reviews, and I’ll admit, my curiosity got the better of me. And man am I glad it did.

This was one of the most heart wrenching, uncomfortable, and amazingly written books I had read in a LONG time. Each and every character was so well written. There are multiple POVs throughout that slowly peel away layer upon layer of this beautiful and often times disturbing story. Wavy broke my heart. The things this poor girl has been through destroyed me. Kellan was her everything. Her port in the storm that was her life and her his.

Look, this is going to be one of those books that you either LOVE or you HATE. I’m not sure there is a lot of middle ground with this one. Yes the subject matter is disturbing. I’m don’t think there will be too many people who are NOT disturbed by the friendship (love) between Wavy and Kellan. In the context of this story though, it worked.

Amazing, simply one of the best books I had read so far this year.

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