All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

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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. Martins Press,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250074133
1250074134
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: All the ugly & wonderful things
Summary: "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.

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RosaReads2
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.

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hsunseri
May 18, 2019

4.07

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kmobuckeye
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.

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LizzieCent
Jan 23, 2019

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

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michym
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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tgosche
Sep 13, 2018

Sex with a child is just wrong.

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joseph_cooper
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.

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EGunnoe
Jan 20, 2018

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

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maydays16
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!

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Zedd
Mar 07, 2017

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

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