All the Ugly and Wonderful Things|Review

All the Ugly and Wonderful ThingsPublished 2016

“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.” – Goodreads


This is another one of those books where the content isn’t lovable, but the writing is. A book where the characters are compelling because they’re so well-developed, so twisted in different ways. Some to the point of really caring about them, others so disgusting you hate them deeply.

This book was suggested to me by several booksta friends, and it seems that I am the minority with how I feel about the ending. I am NOT on board (iykyk), and feel strongly that Wavy was denied a real chance at any realization about the relationship and its power over her life.

If you’re looking for a heartwarming, light read, this is not the one for you. If you can handle something that will repeatedly wreck you over and over, with an ending that you may or may not like, read this one.

TW: sexualization of a minor, drug abuse, domestic violence, child neglect and abuse, sexual abuse

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