Review: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

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 26114135night 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.


All right, so this is going to be a quickie review, and it’s not going to be very detailed. The reason for that is because I feel like just saying even one thing could potentially spoil the book, and honestly, I’d rather not do that, unless you ask explicitly.

Anyway, this is copied from my Goodreads that I wrote mere seconds after finishing the book. If you want a more detailed review, I’ll leave a link to another user on Goodreads who said everything that I wanted to say so perfectly, down below.



A title of a book has never fit more perfectly. I’m still digesting this book, but I will say that the writing is fantastic and a perfect example of authors showing instead of telling. You will feel things reading this story. With a plethora of point-of-views to gain a different perspective on Kellen and Wavy’s relationship, you will feel all the emotions. You’ll feel disgusted, uncomfortable, sad, angry… just, everything.

Some people may not be able to handle a story with a subject so taboo in nature, and that’s okay. We all have our hard limits, but if you can, for one second, put what you think this book is about aside (regardless if it’s true to some extent), you’ll bear witness to situations that are not just black and white, but delve deeply into the gray areas that humans tend to avoid when a topic such as this book has brought up.

It’s not an easy read, but it is a compelling one, and it’s one of those that will stick with you long after you’ve finished.


In case you were wondering, I gave this book five stars, because it deserves it. If you still want that more detailed explanation of what this book delves into, I’m going to link you to Emily May‘s review of it, also on Goodreads, because after I wrote mine, I found hers and she hit every single one of my thoughts in my head so beautifully that I wouldn’t have been able to do me justice.

Godspeed, everyone. If you choose to read this book, you’re gonna need it.



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