All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

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 ...

Details All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

TitleAll the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Release DateAug 9th, 2016
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Romance, Adult

Reviews All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy ⚓️
    4.5 Stars "She is just as real as I am."^^^That was my favorite line and moment in a book that was filled with more than a few touching lines and moments. Before I say anything, let's address the large-trunked mammal who hath set his fat ass in the middle of this ugly and wonderful room. Unless you live in a faraway goodreads cave (which I am totally not knocking, faraway caves are legit comfy hangouts) you have probably heard that the H/h in thi...
  • Emily May
    Right up until that moment it was sweet and funny. Odd couple that they were, they had a real connection. Then he tugged her boot off and kissed the bottom of her bare foot. I could see him doing that kind of thing to his own kid, but she wasn’t. She was somebody else’s little girl. This book destroyed me. I have never read anything like it. If you know the basic premise - that this is a so-called "love story" between an adult man and a femal...
  • Kai
    Let's pretend you have a little sister. Say she is 12 or 13. There's this big older guy she's been hanging out with lately, and you know he's at least 26 years old.You walk into her room and there she is, on a table, completely naked, legs spread wide, he is sitting there, shirt off, pants open, touching her.What do you do? What do you think? What do you feel?That's exactly what I'm feeling reading this. It's not even discomfort any longer. It's ...
  • karen
    AND NOW WE ARE BEST FRIENDS WITH SIMILAR TASTE IN B/W GRAPHIC PRINT FASHION! oh, good, i get to be the first reviewer of this book on here. that's not something i usually worry about, but when it's a potentially controvershul book, i get a little leery of being the only target for potential outrage. i had one of the first reviews of Tampa on here, too, and i know i'm gonna get a reputation for being totes pro-pedophilia if i keep being such an ea...
  • Christy
    5 stars I love out of the box, controversial reads. I love stories that are a bit forbidden and/or on the taboo side. When reviews started coming in for this book I’d never heard of, I knew I had to read it asap. So I picked up the book around 10 pm thinking- I’ll just start it, see how it is. Yeah. I bet you all can guess what happened after that… I stayed up all night reading it. I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. My eyes were literal...
  • Candace
    Wow! This was a spectacular book. I devoured this story. Beginning to end, I was completely lost in this disturbing, yet beautiful, love story.While I loved the story, I know that this is a story that many people will not enjoy. There are several difficult and highly controversial topics in this book. I'm pretty open-minded, but even I had a hard time with the relationship turning physical between Wavy (13-14 years old) and Kellen (25 or so years...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    This book won’t be for everyone..and I get that: My thing is: I read a ton of books. After a while I’m begging for something, anything that is fresh and new. This book is that with big brass balls. Wavy’s story is not a pretty one. We first meet her when she ends up at her Aunt Brenda’s door. Her mom is in prison, no one can take her, she doesn’t really talk, and she hates to be touched. It’s enough to drive anyone crazy. Brenda can...
  • Jennifer Masterson
    This is emotionally draining and disturbing. I'm sorry. DNF. I think the audio made it feel all that more real. The writing is good. I almost feel like this book is going to put me into a slump. It truly freaked me out. The relationship between Wavy and Kellen is wrong. I don't care how good of a guy he is. I don't care how screwed up her mother is. I'm sorry for initially saying that the novel is being marketed as YA. I think I'm wrong on that o...
  • Deanna
    WOW! I don't even know where to start!! As others have said this book is NOT for everyone. But I was hooked from the moment I started reading.This book made my head hurt at times as it made me question so many different things. Parts of this book made me very uncomfortable. I honestly felt many different emotions while reading it. Emotional actually doesn't even begin to describe how this book make me feel but it's the first word that comes to mi...
  • Mischenko
    To see this review and a Q&A with the author, please visit the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood is a book that was very challenging for me to read due to the content. The title is nothing short of absolute perfection in describing the book. I went into the book completely blind and didn't read much about it besides liking a few reviews. I had no idea what was in store.There were a few times in the book I...
  • Lola
    I feel emotionally drained.They could seriously make a telenovela out of this book.It’s that dramatic. But honestly, it’s a heartfelt type of drama that really reaches your heart and makes you feel all sorts of emotions – happiness, sadness, hope, anger…The title says it all. This book contains all the ugly and wonderful things that happen to the enigmatic Wavy, from the moment she is sent to her aunt at the age of five with her baby brot...
  • Melissa
    “I love you all the way.” Never in my life have I read a book that made me feel as uncomfortable as this one managed to. Gritty, raw and wrong on so many levels, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things brought up feelings I wasn’t prepared for.There were so many times, I wanted to hate this book, to throw it across the room and somehow forget about everything I’d read. Riddled with emotion and a level of constant moral questioning, this story...
  • Ninoska Goris
    English - EspañolThis story is not pretty. The truth is that it is not for everyone. It is the story of Wavy and Kellan, two people with difficult homes and child abuse. Yes, it is a love story, but not in the beginning.Wavy is the daughter of a violent man, womanizer and drug dealer, and a drug addicted mother with deep emotional, existential and psychological problems, who transmits to her daughter her fears regarding food and germs.Kellan is ...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    *4 Stars*This story takes a bold and honest look at forbidden love in its most controversial form: a grown man in his twenties falling for a child. Kellen and Wavy’s love from a distance would seem perfect—one we’d all strive to obtain. It’s a deep love; a respectful love; a faithfully sound love; a genuine love that’s complete and equally reciprocated. Problem is that pesky illegal and highly immoral age gap. This book challenges us .....
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I have a feeling this is gonna be one of those books.Holy crap on a saltine cracker! I was right, it was one of those books. It had me in sad tears, in anger, in Omg moments and in happy tears. Where do I even start people? I am so in love with Wavy, Donal and Kellen. Yeah, there were some things that made me cringe with Kellen but it wasn't the way that it seemed. Living the kind of life Wavy and her brother Donal had to live, there is not anyth...
  • Matthew
    This book was crazy, therefore I must express my feelings with GIFs. If you don't like GIFy reviews - too bad!So this book started and it was pretty good. The main characters live a difficult life and everything is quite sketchy:Then some of the relationships get a little bit questionable:Then, the you know what hits the you know what:From there on out, I just wasn't sure what to think anymore:I enjoyed the writing and was enthralled with the sto...
  • Karen
    I have read a lot of good books lately, but this one I just loved!! I keep reading the things that some people mention about feeling uncomfortable at certain things in the book, I never did, I truly just saw the love and compassion right away. Some people go through so much in their lives from early on that they become wise and more mature very early and that's what happened to Wavy..that's my opinion..I loved the short chapters with the voices o...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
  • *TANYA*
    I debated with myself whether to read this book or not but my curiosity won out. The trepidation, the sense of foreboding, the confusion I felt at times??!!! My heart is heavy with emotions. A book that will stay with me for years to come.
  • Jen
    There is a whole lot of ugly going on in this novel. It made me feel uncomfortable and squirmy as I read it. But....Wavy is the daughter of meth addicts. Parents who often ignore her and abuse her. She's silent most of the time, preferring not to speak and not to be touched as she has been taught by her mom it's dirty. She is; her body is; her mouth is. The wonderful is her quandary of a relationship with a man, Kellen, whom she met when she was ...
  • Elyse Walters
    ***Discussion a plus!!!!! Raw-to-the-bone..... Compassionate-to-the-heartThings that are wonderful:.....The book cover.....The title is perfect..... Absorbing, riveting, masterfully written novel..... Memorable characters....(the good -the bad -and the ugly).....Brave - insightful - wise - controversial subject matter .....Wavy is a wonderful 'star' character...from her name...her idiosyncrasies...her purity & innocence ....her uniq...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Sister Read Review by Norma & BrendaOne word.....AWESOME!!If we could give this more than five stars we most definitely would. But, since we can't this gets another five ***** sparkly stars from me! My sister, Brenda and I decided to do another sister read and this time around we chose ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by BRYN GREENWOOD. What an extremely good choice we made in reading this one together. This is by far the best book we have read ...
  • Delee
    So...this is the first of my way overdue reviews...I have been putting them off long enough. Sorry- First Reads...Sorry NetGalley. I am your worst nightmare, I know.A lot of people have DNF this book on the grounds that it is icky. I am just going to say I don't get it. I don't normally do romance...I don't usually get all teary-eyed over teen angst. I weep over books that are misunderstood- and this for me is one of them. If you stopped reading ...
  • jessica
    my mother has always told me the secret to a long and happy marriage is by marrying your best friend. she said if you find a love that is respectful, deep, genuine, caring AND it also happens to be with the one person who you want to tell all your secrets, have the most fun with, and who knows you better than you know yourself, well then, youre in for a world of happiness. kellen and wavys relationship reminded me of that. this is a story of two ...
  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    WOW, so I don't think I can write a review that would do this book an ounce of justice, but I'll give it my best shot...Originally I was going to give this one a pass. The ages of the two main characters , and the subject matter just didn't sit right with me as a mother of a 14 and 11 year old. I just didn't think I could go into this with an open mind. That said, I kept seeing all these 4 and 5 star reviews, and I'll admit, my curiosity got the ...
  • Dem
    DNF..............For me this was a case of Know when to hold'em and know when to fold'em I am certainly not singing with the choir on this one but I have to say how the book affected me regardless.The Description on NetGalley begins with the following" A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.Personally I didn't find t...
  • Brandi
    Wow. What an aptly titled story. This one had me feeling so many things, and even shedding a few many tears. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is a controversial, no holds barred story - as the title suggest, there is plenty of ugly found within the pages of Wavy's story, but there are wonderful, beautiful things as well. I don't want to delve into to the plot too much, because this is simply one of those stories a reader should experience, and I...
  • j e w e l s
    I read this over six months ago and I still think about it all the time. But, I hadn't started writing reviews for a blog or GR back then, so I didn't. But I must. ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS. The title sums up the book like no other title possible. Everyone knows I love plot twists. I also adore any book that flat out surprises me. I went in blind to this, my bookclub's monthly selection. This book shocked the living hell out of me and evo...