Bryn Greenwood All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel

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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.
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    All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel

    misspider

    02. June 2016 um 07:19

    The title could never be more fitting: this book is ugly and wonderful at the same time. I could not put this book down and neglected everything else to keep on reading.The writing is just awesome, and while the story is told from a lot of different POV's, the author manages to give each character his/her individual tone and language, which makes the telling itself as worthwhile reading as the story that is told. Of course, Wavy's chapters were the strongest and curiously, her very factual tone and almost non-existent speaking provoked the strongest emotional reactions in me.Of course, one must not forget the very sensitive nature of this novel's subject. Think of Wavy being ten years older, this would have been a perfect bittersweet heartbreaking romance where you can't wait for the lovers to finally come together for their happily ever after. But in this book, Wavy is not ten years older - when she first meets with Kellen, she is only eight years old! I constantly checked Wavy's age in each chapter I was reading, wishing for her to magically grow several years older than was actually possible. Because what she had with Kellen felt so magical and beautiful and romantic. But then I realized - again - that Wavy was still too young for that kind of relationship and everything that felt wonderful at first glance turned ugly in the blink of an eye.And then, the ending - where it would have been a happy one in every other constellation, in this case it was not a sweet salvation. Instead it felt surreal and like a weak consolation for the damage that was caused before, and it definitely did not succeed to mend my broken heart. While reading, I was constantly alternating between loving and hating the story. This is a rare book that effortlessly evokes the strongest and most controversial emotions from the reader. Highest recommendation.(I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

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