All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel

– A New York Times and USA Today bestseller – Book of the Month Club 2016 Book of the Year – Second Place Goodreads Best Fiction of 2016 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

– A New York Times and USA Today bestseller
– Book of the Month Club 2016 Book of the Year
– Second Place Goodreads Best Fiction of 2016

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.

31 Books Bringing the Heat this Summer ―Bustle

Top Ten Hottest Reads of 2016 ―New York Daily News

Best Books of 2016 ―St. Louis Post Dispatch

Comments

BookieLife says:

A Seemingly Successful Attempt to Glamorize Child Molestation It pains me to have to give this beautifully written book 2 stars, but I simply can’t give it more than that. The writing is great, and there is a realism to it that one can only truly recognize if they themselves grew up in similar environments. As a child, I lived in two different worlds having divorced parents. My mother had a stable household and made decent money. I didn’t want for anything. My father, however, lived in a trailer, and we struggled. I lived with him exclusively in my early teen years. Though my father was not like the adults in this book, I had frequent exposure to my older cousin who lived this very type of lifestyle. Always doing drugs, had her kids taken away eventually. I saw and heard and was told things that I shouldn’t have been. 

Amy Bosica says:

4 intriguing stars I chose this book as part of my 2018 Reading challenge. While this book is definitely not for everyone, it is incredibly well written and compelling. You can’t help but be drawn in to this gritty and complex story. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is unexpected, intriguing and a bit taboo. It is a story that is sure to stay on your mind for sometime to come.

English Major says:

A Surprise One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Put it on my “redlight list”. Told 3 friends about it and they felt the same way. Very well written and it comes close to being offensive morally and saves itself with the author’s style.

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