Title: All the Things Ugly and Wonderful
Author: Bryn Greenwood
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published: August 9, 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books (Nice chums who sent me this book for a HONEST review!)
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.
I’M A TOUGH READER OKAY. I can take a lot of things in literature. Severed heads on golden pillows. Poison burning a person from the inside out, melting fair skin and other useful organs. You know, the usual.
BUT I COULD NOT TAKE WHAT WAS IN BOOK.
Ugh, where to begin??
- Honestly how Wavy was represented was pretty darn annoying. I feel like Bryn Greenwood was trying to make her “quirky” but no??? She’s mentally not ok! I mean, she’s been living with an abusive mother and a father that’s a meth dealer! That’s not quirky!
- Wavy’s whole childhood sucks. Like…too much. You can tell the author’s just trying to tempt your pity and she goes extremelyyyy overboard. It’s just exhausting reading about how every single aspect of Wavy’s life is sooooOoooOoo awful.
- We were promised some brother-sister relationship love WHICH WE DID NOT GET. So basically, Wavy raises her little brother, THEN HE IS MENTIONED IN LIKE TWO PAGES. Sibling relationships are scarcely detailed in YA, and this book had the perfect opportunity to fix that! But it failed. Atrociously.
- Now let’s get down to the TRUTH. To the real problem I had with this book. Sooo the story gives you something pure, sweet, and innocent. Then it brings up those sculpting little hands and twists it into something broken and disturbed. How? Well, towards the beginning of the book, Wavy and Kellen have this charming sibling-y friendship. Then, halfway through, it shifts. They become romantically involved. What’s the big deal, you inquire? Oh, pfft, nothing. Except that Wavy is 13 and Kellen is 25ish.
If you’re still questioning why I gifted this book with only one-star, here is a book recommendation for you: The Word of the Lord Our Savior
Chums! Excuse me for that rant! What one-star reads have you been burdened with this year?
Also, what books with “unpopular” topics have you read? How did you view them? Was it a) wow my eyes are totally opened to the world or b) JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL?