Review: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood #bookreview #bookblog


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.

My Thoughts

Okay. First things first, the books topic is highly controversial.  You may find that reading this is going to stir up a multitude of feelings. Especially when you come across the first sexual scene with Wavy 13 years, and Kellen 26ish years… It doesn’t matter what way you put it, a sexual/romantic relationship between a child and adult is wrong. Especially a child that has experienced the amount of trauma that Wavy has in this story. And that can most certainly make reviewing this story difficult for some. For me, this is something I deal with through work, study, and research.  I read this story and saw two very broken people who need a lot of therapy.

Now that that’s out of the way, the creation and execution of this story was brilliant.  There was a very authentic feel about the characters.  It did pull you in, it did make you feel, and it certainly made you think about it for days afterwards.  That’s the mark of an excellent story. I always enjoy when chapters are given solely to a character, it enables you to connect on a more personal level with the character. Get to know them, get inside them, get closer to them. For me, that’s why I read: I like to get lost in a book and in the characters world.

So a word or warning, this story is extremely controversial. But it’s also wonderfully crafted, so if you can get past the topic, and appreciate how it’s put together, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Have you already read it? What did you think? Let me know.

I rated All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: 5/5 stars

Happy reading



Published by A.Bookish.Rainbow.Sanctuary

Avid reader and 'collector' of books. I'm a prison psychologist and criminologist, so no surprise when I admit I have a particular like in true crime and psychological/police procedure thrillers and suspense books.

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