All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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"As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold. By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. Kellen may not be innocent, but he is the fixed point in Wavy and Donal's chaotic universe. Instead of playing it safe, Wavy has to learn to fight for Kellen, for her brother, and for herself"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250074133
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 14, 2020

This story pushed me out of my comfort zone. It's one of those that you either love or hate. Definitely had some cringe-worthy content, but the story was so well told I couldn't put it down.

Feb 18, 2020

Dark, realistic fiction. Recommended by Jasmine Jan 2020

Jan 30, 2020

This book should have a content warning. Reading this was very uncomfortable. The romance between the two characters simply started too young. It was cringey and uncomfortable at times especially since the book never really states how much of an age difference it is, but you know it's a lot. It honestly felt like romanticizing pedophilia.

Dec 11, 2019

There’s no middle ground for this book. Either you liked it or you didn’t. I found myself in the like camp. I think the story could of been less controversial had the writer lightened up on some of the cringe inducing explicit details. She didn’t need to spell them out for us. Having said that, probably one of the best books I’ve read this year. Be prepared for a disturbing and emotionally draining read.

Oct 09, 2019

Full disclosure, this book is NOT for everyone, but me personally I absolutely adored it. I could not read it fast enough. This book breaks barriers, and I was rooting for Wavy, Kellan, and their unconventional love the whole way. Their story is passionate and magical. It is raw and graphic and original. Keep an eye on this author!!

Sep 25, 2019

What the publisher's summary/synopsis doesn't tell the reader is that this book romancitises pedophilia. This is a story of a sexual relationship between a 13 year old girl with a twenty something year old man. I think Kellen is 24-26 years old in the book. They even get caught in the act. The writer tries to make it seem that her pedophilia lover is her knight in shining armor. He is no such thing. Any young adult or teenager would get the impression that this situation is acceptable. It most certainly is not acceptable out of a grown man.

I'm even more applaud that this book won awards and high ratings for promoting pedophilia and turning that type of situation into a romance story.

People want to sit and moan that the world is going to crap and it is because of the promotion of this type of behavior that is trying to make this acceptable. Stop the sexualition of children. Sex with anyone under the age of 18 is against the law and also immoral.

How would people feel if this was their sister, niece, cousin, daughter, granddaughter if this happened to them? There are moral lines in society that a person doesn't cross and this is one of them.

Jul 04, 2019

I won't be rating this book, because of the divisive and controversial content that has me questioning so many things and leaving me a bit conflicted. I will say, I absolutely loved the writing style and how this author used multi-pov's to tell Kellen and Wavy's story from primary characters in their lives to the fleeting. It was fascinating, thought-provoking, and often maddening. Although Kellen was a major player in this story, he also maintained a vagueness that helped propel the story and draw empathy. Was he as half-witted as many characters described or just misunderstood? Did his loneliness and connection with Wavy excuse their relationship? Bottom line, it's fiction and any answers would be conjecture and subjective. For me, the story was compelling, uncomfortable, and sad. Although I enjoyed the ending, I still can't personally reconcile all of my feelings from earlier in the book to the last page. Regardless of what the reader feels at the end of the story, the author aroused contemplation, discourse, and strong emotions. On those merits, I would say that she excelled with this novel.

Feb 13, 2019

Let me just say, the topic of this book is messed up, but I think that is part of what makes it so compelling. I literally had to bargain with myself to put it down. I finished it in two days.

Jan 23, 2019

Read it in two sittings on the plane to and back - excellent.

Jan 19, 2019

Not beautiful. Not a love story. Icky icky icky. The people who think this is a beautiful love story are probably the same people who think that Lolita is a beautiful love story. A thirteen year old girl is a child. Do. Not. Sexualize. Children.

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