All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
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- 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
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Pedofile delight! Finally a book for them
Anyone on here who thinks a child being groomed by a grown man for sex is a pedofile in there own right. Disgusting book
Powerful, horrifying and sad-
This book is so extraordinarily accurate relative to the way in which some people live, getting by the best way they can and looking for love and compassion often without even knowing the boundaries of either.
The astute reader will look past the potentially uncomfortable relationship between two characters to get a chance to walk in the shoes of others who we pass by in our daily lives, with barely a look.
A mesmerizing, beautiful book
I read a lot and rarely do I find such a mesmerizing story told as well as this one. This is a book whose characters are so real that your heart breaks for every ugliness they encounter and longs for something beautiful for them. The author gives a rare nuanced and sympathetic portrayal of people who the world usually judges harshly. It is the kind of book that will stay with you long after you finish reading.