Review: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood


A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.
As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It’s safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.
By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy’s family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. A powerful novel you won’t soon forget, Bryn Greenwood’s All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.
It’s been a long time since I’ve come across a book than can make me lose all sense of time!
This book captivated me and it completely took over my life until I had finished it.
It’s the type of story that makes you question how you see the world and what a fine line there is between right and wrong, moral and immoral.
I had to keep reminding myself that essentially this is a story of paedophilia but the Author cleverly draws you in to see the love story behind the scandal…the intentions, the love and the way it can destroy lives.
This powerful novel has a touch of Romeo and Juliet about it but rather than just a story of starcrossed lovers it contains scandal, sex and criminality as well as a good dose of perspective
I thoroughly enjoyed the authors writing style, he cuts the reader no breaks and tells it like it is and his descriptions are raw and sometimes close to the bone.  It challenged my views and left me reeling in places, it is not perverse or seedy so don’t be put off by the topic.
It’s a brave book to write and I think the author excelled with what is a very emotive topic
I cannot rave about this book enough and I was sad it came to an end.  I thoroughly recommend it!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge in return for my honest feedback.  

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