REVIEW – ALL THE UGLY and WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood

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SYNOPSIS:

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.

*****Dee’s Review*****

5++ Wonderfully Tragic Stars*****

(ARC obtained via Netgalley)

Have you ever read a book that after you are done reading, you have an uncontrollable need to hold it tight and close to you?

This story kidnapped me from my life; for two days I was away in a world that was dark and painful, yet so bright and beautiful. Not an easy read, but so worth the difficult journey. Never before after reading a book with so much pain did I feel so hopeful… Amazing!!!!!

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Wavy is a resilient girl who learned from an early age to survive in a harsh and dark world. Her parents; meth dealers, and completely selfish people. Wavy learned to protect herself by not talking, or showing emotions. When both her parents went to jail, Wavy went to live with her maternal aunt, but she couldn’t deal with Wavy’s issues, she wanted her to be something she wasn’t, something she was never going to be, a simple girl.

A few years later when Wavy was eight, her parents got reunited and with a new baby brother they went to live on a farm. Her life was nice and normal for a few weeks, until the roots of drug addiction took a hold of her parents again, and Wavy had to step up so she could provide and help raise her little baby brother.

One night a big mountain of a man crashed near her home, she felt compelled to help him, and he was nice to her in return, something she wasn’t used to. From that night on a fierce love was born, and they couldn’t help but to lean on and help each other.

Kellen saw the pain and need inside Wavy’s eyes. His friendship became everything to her, to him too, their most precious, and only real possession. Kellen had nobody in his life, so he made it his mission to look after Wavy and her brother Donald.

But as Wavy grew up so did her feelings for Kellen. He was one of the few people in her life whom she trusted. She knew, that even though it wasn’t appropriate and he was scared, that his love for her was pure and loyal.

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Unconventional and maybe even taboo, the theme of this book is not something anyone usually envisions enjoying or agreeing with, but if you let yourself go, and really go deep into the heart of the story, you will know and feel that this book is simply about love. A fierce love that was made to last forever, a feeling that could withstand time, distance and pain.

It’s funny because as soon as I finished reading, the first thing I did was go into my closet looking for my motorcycle boots. I wanted to put on Wavy’s shoes even if for a minute, I wanted her strength, her bravery, her determination. Her character is so inspiring, because even though she was born into a really hard life, she never felt or acted like a victim, she was a warrior. A beautiful warrior who would love and protect those inside her heart with everything she had.

This is a book that teaches so many beautiful lessons, you can’t escape its resonance in your heart, even if it’s unconventional and maybe even harsh. Without a doubt All The Ugly And Wonderful Things will be one of my most treasured books ever. A true gem.

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