All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Paperback - 2016
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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"--
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin ,, 2016
ISBN: 9781250153968
Branch Call Number: FIC GRE
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 21 cm


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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.

Sep 13, 2018

Sex with a child is just wrong.

Aug 16, 2018

This is a story of deep and everlasting love, of making judgments on a person, forgiveness and overcoming hardship as a child and finally marriage to the person of your deepest desire. It was a great read and the only time I wrote and email the author.

Jan 20, 2018

Fantastic book. It's on my short list of favorites.

Apr 11, 2017

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I feel as though I grew with the characters and was deeply invested in their journey. I love the characters of Wavy and Kellen. It definitely made me uncomfortable to read as their relationship developed, but as other reviews have mentioned, I still found myself rooting for them til the end. I will be renting her other novels!

Mar 07, 2017

Excellent book. Would like to read other books by this author.

ArapahoeElena Feb 13, 2017

What I appreciated most about this novel is its nuanced treatment of complicated issues- child welfare, family, addiction, illicit drug manufacture and trade, consent, and safety. The novel leaves space for the reader to form their own conclusions, as opposed to directing the reader on what to think. Beautifully written, and like the characters that narrate each chapter, I found myself watching and holding onto the small moments of tenderness that break through the chaos and confusion.

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Feb 10, 2017

taylorwoods thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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