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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Review of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not and will not accept monetary compensation for reviews. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

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 Review:
4 Stars

This book is a difficult read. Wavy, although a different type of child, will grab your heart. Even though her life is anything but simple, she comes through as a very strong child. 

At first reading this book was hard. Watching what Wavy and her brother had to live through. Then it turned hard for an entirely different reason. It was watching Wavy fall in love with a man. Someone she shouldn't have, but she did. The hard part was knowing it was wrong, but seeing it from Wavy's perspective. 

She saw it as love. She saw Kellen as someone who would protect her and love her despite her faults. He was the one person that understood her and could relate to her. While their story is wrong, its also beautiful in its own sad way. 

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