Review: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Things aren’t easy for Wavy and her younger brother Donal – their father is a drug dealer who lives with someone else most of the time and their mother is mentally ill. Wavy is damaged and fragile – she keeps her own counsel – and does all she can to take care of Donal. When Kellen, an associate of Wavy’s father, is in a motorcycle accident outside her home, Wavy runs to help him and the two begin a relationship that will eventually become love.
When Wavy’s family falls apart, she’s sent to live with her aunt and her family. The relationship Wavy thinks is so wonderful doesn’t look so good to her aunt who does everything she can to keep Wavy and Kellen apart.
It’s best not to know too much about ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood before you read it. It’s a sad story with sweet moments that I found very compelling. It’s gritty and disturbing and probably all too realistic. The story is told from multiple points of view, including Wavy’s, Kellen’s, Wavy’s cousin, and Wavy’s college roommate, giving readers a complete picture of Wavy’s situation. Greenwood’s writing is so good, she convinces readers this relationship that feels so inappropriate might not be so bad. I went back and forth as I read the book and wanted to talk about all that was going on so I think this book would make an outstanding book club selection. I’m not sure that I loved the book but I’ve thought about it a lot since I read it and I think Wavy will stick with me for quite a while. Pick this up when you’re in the mood for a thought provoking story.
The audio version of ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS is narrated by Jorjeana Marie who has quickly become one of my favorites. As I expected, she did a terrific job!
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