Book Review: All The Ugly And Beautiful Things


Title – All The Ugly And Beautiful Things  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Bryn Greenwood  (Website, Goodreads)

Published – August 9th 2016

Genre – Fiction

Summary – 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. 

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There is something about seeing the world through a child’s eyes. And how having a less-than-stellar upbringing can make them see through a completely different lens.

Not only did we see through Wavy’s point of view (she has the power to grab your heart!), but we also got to see through Wavy’s cousin’s, aunt’s, teacher’s, and brother’s narration, among a few others. And let’s not forget Kellen‘s viewpoint.

I loved how the viewpoints complimented each other. The characters were strong and nothing was there that didn’t need to be.

I was sucked in to Wavy’s world and I just wished the best for her. She knew what she wanted.

But what she wanted was not something one would consider a conventional relationship. Yet, her want and love came from an honest and pure heart.

Holy cow!! All The Ugly And Beautiful Things is… wow.

It is both ugly and beautiful.

(see what I did there?)

I avoid spoilers in my reviews, so I apologize that I am quite vague. What I can tell you is that I was completely emotionally invested.

However, some of the topics in this book get weird… and disturbing. I can see many other readers on goodreads feel strongly against what becomes clear mid-way through the book.

If you’re one who doesn’t like reading about sensitive subjects or about “good” characters doing “bad” things, then this book probably is not for you. If you need more information there are a bunch of reviews that will help you make your decision.

But I highly suggest going into this book without knowing much more than the summary.


Last Words:

This book gripped my heart and didn’t want me to put it down. All The Ugly And Wonderful Things will be remembered for a long time.


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