All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood


New York Times Bestseller

Goodreads Best Fiction Of 2016 Runner-Up

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.


Wavy’s father is a meth dealer and her mother is too deep into pills to care about her children. Enter Kellen. He becomes a saving grace for Wavy and her brother Donal.

The plot of this book is complex but then again it’s not. It is about survival by any means possible. Wavy is a damaged, abused and neglected child. Kellen is not very smart but he is a tough, motorcycle riding, meth dealer. He can be as gentle as a lamb with Wavy and she needs someone to help her. She is ONLY 8 years old when they meet(this is an important fact).There are so many things which occur in this book that shape Wavy’s, Donal’s and Kellen’s future.

WOW, WOW, WOW!! This book!! It’s amazing!! It gives you all the feels. I was crying and screaming one minute and wanting to throw it across the room the next. I cannot really describe what it does to the reader. You really want to HATE Kellen for what he is doing but then you can’t stand it when he gets caught. (I have not told you all he is doing…YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!) He really is Wavy’s saving grace. He makes sure she gets to school. He celebrates her birthday. He buys her clothes. But….

I want to say this is the best book of the year for me. I know that will change with the next book I read. However, these characters and this story have stayed with me long after the book has been finished. Many places I cringed and gasped but I could not stop. It leads you into many gray areas in your thoughts. Things are not what they seem to the outside world. You really need to walk in other people’s shoes before you judge. Easier said than done!

I received this novel from St. Martins’s Press for a honest review.

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I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 4 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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