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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel - Community Reviews back

by Bryn Greenwood
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My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it 17 hours ago
This novel, oh this novel. Wavy had no one to take care of her, to watch over her as she became the adult of the family. Not even double digits, silent Wavy cared for her younger brother while her parents lived in their own little world of drugs and alcohol. It was amazing how mature Wavy became, sh...
Books & Chocolate
Books & Chocolate rated it 1 month ago
In case you haven't heard of this book or looked up the synopsis -- this is an unconventional love story. Our 'hero', Kellen, meets our 'heroine', Wavy, when he's somewhere around 21 and she's about 8. It's basically love at first sight for both of them. Now let me be clear. I in NO WAY support or...
bestwineforlast rated it 9 months ago
I understand all the controversy regarding this, but I don't agree. I think this was a hard look at mistakes made by a family, court system, and community. I have seen some people think the book is glorifying pedophilia, and again I disagree. I think Kellen in the book was mildly mentally handicappe...
MsNalla's Take...
MsNalla's Take... rated it 12 months ago
I am a bit thrown by how good, yet disturbing this read was.The story concerning Wavy is heartbreaking. There is just no other way to describe it. How she came to be and what she was born into and forced to endure as a result. I have mad respect for this girl. Because no matter what was forced upon ...
Blondie and Read
Blondie and Read rated it 1 year ago
This book destroyed everything I thought about love, family, and life. It chipped away at me, page by page, and then rebuilt me in a completely different fashion in the conclusion. I went into this book knowing nothing. I just liked the title and the cover. Yes, I judged a book by the cover. I lik...
The Lethal Librarian
The Lethal Librarian rated it 1 year ago
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck -then it is most likely is a duck. In my opinion this book is *only* about violence and pedophilia no matter how wonderfully it was written. Yes Kellen and Wavy waited, yes the book was ultimately about love - but still, 13 years ...
Yodamom Finds her Force
Yodamom Finds her Force rated it 1 year ago
I loved it. It was ugly, gritty, sweet and unforgettable.This is the hardest review I've ever had to write/post on a book. This book will be hard for many people who feel very strongly about the age issue. It was something so wrong and yet was right in a very off centered way. The characters in this...
debbiekrenzer rated it 1 year ago
#ALLTHEUGLYANDWONDERFULTHINGS! Wow, this is a book that will stay with me for a while, a long while. It was so well written and I loved the leading characters. While it does involve sexual relations with a minor and an adult, which does bother me. By the time this happens, I have been with the mino...
Between The Bookends
Between The Bookends rated it 2 years ago
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 ju...
Scarlet's Web
Scarlet's Web rated it 2 years ago
I received a free copy of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel from the publisher in return for an honest review. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was an uncomfortable read. I want to say it was uncomfortable in a good way but because of the controversial story line it feels wrong to even s...
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