All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Date read: January 3 to 4, 2017
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 in quite some time and we have read some pretty good books lately.
ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by BRYN GREENWOOD is a disturbing, powerful, and an unconventional love story that was beautifully written. We found that her writing allowed us to be disturbed and moved at the same time without glorifying or romancing the subject matter. The title was perfect for this novel as we were showed the ugly of addiction, neglect, and abuse along with the wonderful things of love, strength, acceptance, trust, and commitment.
Your beliefs will be questioned constantly while reading this one. Is this right or wrong?
Now there were a few things that we didn’t totally agree with and found ourselves questioning while reading this one but the way that the author delivered this story was absolutely riveting and hard to put down.
The author pushes the boundaries here with a story about two lonely, flawed characters who find that their place is with each other and how they are able to accomplish that. Kellen shows us how he is committed by the bond he shares with Wavy by changing things for the sake of Wavy and Donal’s safety and livelihood. There is more depth to this novel than what we might think as a forbidden or unconventional love story if you are able to distance yourself from that.
The story is told in quite a few voices along with Wavy and Kellen’s from their own perspectives which was easy to follow along with all the characters and the storyline. Allowing us to see that everyone has their own views and how it is perceived and ultimately effects them.
At the end of the book we could not judge Wavy and Kellen, we just accepted it and all The Ugly and Wonderful Things.
Powerful quote: “I AM AS REAL AS YOU ARE.”
To some it all up it was well written, interesting, fast-paced, somewhat disturbing read, with a very satisfying ending. Would highly recommend!!