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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

A Novel

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Description

- 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

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 13, 2016 – Greenwood's strong debut, set throughout the United States, is about a young girl's triumph over the sordid life she might have led as the daughter of drug addicts, one of whom is a meth dealer. The author skillfully creates widely varied and original voices, as the story unfolds from a variety of characters' viewpoints, whether it's Wavy, the main character, whom we see growing from a six-year-old to a young adult; Wavy's grandmother, who takes care of her for a time before succumbing to cancer; or the loving Kellen, whose street smarts makes up for his lack of education. The relationship at the heart of the novel is between Wavy and Kellen, a drug runner for her father who changes her life. In Wavy, Greenwood has fashioned a resilient girl who doesn't speak much, hiding a fierce intelligence and strong will that enables her to take care of herself and her infant brother despite her parents' drug habits. This is a memorable coming-of-age tale about loyalty, defiance, and the power of love under the most improbable circumstances.

Customer Reviews

Great book!

Loved this book. Not quite a Cinderella story and slightly disturbing at points but it's impossible not to root for the unconventional lovers.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

I loved this book. It was fascinating and strange and I could t put it down. What interesting characters from the under belly of our society. The message is don't judge. There are wonderful people wrapped up in unusual wrapping paper. I highly recommend.

All the ugly and wonderful things

GROSS!!! I could not finish this book. The book starts out really subtle and makes you think a young adult and a child are forming an innocent relationship and then it changes gradually. I don't understand how this book can get any good reviews. It is hard for me to believe the readers offering high ratings would accept a grown man treating their niece this way. I doubt they would think it was a really touching love story. I'm sure they would call the man a child molester...a grown man kissing, touching, and feeling that way about a kid is not okay. It worries me that an author would choose to play up this very disturbing relationship while allowing several adults to see the wrongness in the relationship and turn a blind eye. Shouldn't the book be about saving abused and mistreated kids instead of glorifying a creepy guy who falls for a kid!

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Aug 09, 2016
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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