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.
The world is full of ugly and wonderful things. Love, death, birth, hate, crimes, heroes. Every day we are witness to it all while watching the news or reading the paper.
Some events are not so cut and dry. People have their beliefs and their perceptions of right and wrong. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things will not be for everyone. You may love it or you may hate it. But one thing is for certain, it will have you thinking. It will have you glued to your kindle, your heart breaking and cracking for a girl named Wavy.
“I broke everything that made me happy.”
The abuse that Wavy endures hurt me so deeply, I wanted to rescue her myself. Her parents are so abusive and neglectful, leaving Wavy broken. She doesn’t speak, eat or interact with anyone. Until she meets Kellan. He becomes her friend, her protector, her voice.
The relationship between Wavy and Kellan is extremely taboo. I am not in any way condoning this and know that everyone is entitled to their opinions and feelings. I just know that their love was so deep and so strong, no matter how far it crossed the line. Am I condoning it, no. Am I saying it’s okay, no. However, the author’s writing and storytelling ability had me so invested, so engrossed that I could not stop reading.
Bryn Greenwood’s writing was just out of this world. Told in multiple point of views, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was just a phenomenal story. Again, this is not a story for everyone. Take the blurb into careful consideration before you decide to take the plunge.
About Bryn Greenwood
BRYN GREENWOOD is a fourth-generation Kansan, and the daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer. She earned a MA in Creative Writing from Kansas State University and continues to work in academia as an administrator. Her short fiction has appeared in Chiron Review, Karamu, The Battered Suitcase, and Menda City Review. She is the author of the novels All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Last Will, and Lie Lay Lain. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.