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Book Review: All The Ugly & 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.

I’m going to keep this review short and sweet because I don’t want to give the book away…

That said: a part of me wants to cringe at the premise of this book. A questionable friendship between a child and an adult that eventually turns completely inappropriate…but the story doesn’t come off as “Ew OMFG Kellen is a pedophile!”. Wavy is an old soul…so despite the vast age difference between Kellen and Wavy, the two have much in common and get on well. The stories of both of them are both ugly and wonderful as the title of the book suggests, and if they weren’t so far apart in age it would be a sappy love story.

At the end you’re rooting for them though – they both deserve their happy ending!

Obligatory disclaimer: I was given an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Non-obligatory ramble: If you like to read, I strongly recommend signing up for NetGalley…because free books are awesome. Especially when you get to read them before everyone else. The only catch is, these are e-books, so if you’re grossly opposed to reading from a phone/iPad/Nook/Kindle, etc you might not enjoy the site so much