Title: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Author: Bryn Greenwood
Genre: Contemporary, Adult
Date Read: May 25-28, 2016
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. Kellen may not be innocent, but he is the fixed point in Wavy and Donal’s chaotic universe. Instead of playing it safe, Wavy has to learn to fight for Kellen, for her brother, and for herself.
No woman had ever looked at me the way she did, or touched me that way. Like she wanted me, like I was worth wanting.
This book was incredibly beautiful and tragic and so dysfunctional but so so good I couldn’t put it down!!! I think I might have cried a little more than I normally should. This book just had a tight grip on me that there were times while I was reading it that I realized I was holding my breath. This book just literally took my breath away.
I’ve only ever read a few adult fiction books, and they were always worth reading. I was never wrong when I decided I wanted to read this. It was so tragically yet disarmingly beautiful.
I love how the book was written in different point of views. Meaning, we’re not just reading the main characters’ POV. We have several POVs from different supporting characters. This way, it gives all the characters more significance in the story plus we get an out view of how these supporting characters view the main. Each character has their important role that fills up those empty gaps that one POV has, so this was a lot easier to keep up with. If you thought having too many POVs would be confusing, you might want to reconsider. It wasn’t confusing at all.
The story also shows complete visualization of how much our surroundings and the environment we grow up in could affect us. The main character, Wavy, she just breaks my heart. I just want to pull her out from the book and just hug her. She’s such a strong girl and her character development is just outstanding. I love Wavy’s and Kellen’s love story. At first, it was kind of odd, you know? The huge age difference between the two characters. But little by little, you find yourself mesmerized. You just get attached and makes you beg for more.
Definitely adding this on my favorite book section! Hearts!
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things comes out in August 9, 2016.
Just a little heads up though, to those who would want to read this book. This book tells a romantic story however, it has a lot of mature contents that mentions sex, drugs and violence.
Thank you to St. Martin Press for providing me a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a non-biased and honest review.