Title: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Authors: Greenwood, Bryn
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 406
Year: 2016
Language: English
Description: All the ugly and wonderful things indeed ... young Wavy and her brother Donal are at the mercy of their meth-addicted parents, but for the care and support of an unlikely knight in shining armour. Kellen, one of their father's drug runners is a damaged man who does his best for the children. But the powerful and undeniable bond that develops over time between he and Wavy is complicated by their significant age difference and the boundaries they breach.

This is a graphic coming-of-age story as compelling as it is disturbing in its visceral portrayal of love and resilience in the gritty reality of rural America.
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Love story, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, Young narrator, America, 2020 Titles


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By: TEPUK 006 2020-05-08 14:53:07
I loved this book! It challenged me on so many levels. I cried, got angry, was shocked and finally hopeful.

By: MOTUE 004 2020-01-29 22:26:56
Compelling. Disturbing but super endearing also. Very thought provoking and generated good discussion. Definitely recommended.

By: PUKEKO 001 2020-01-29 14:34:04
A controversial subject which provoked somewhat surprisingly little controversy in our group as we almost unanimously loved it. Overall, we found it beautifully written, sensitive, believable and un-putdownable, despite confrontational and taboo subjects. There was some concern over the narrative structure/multiple P.O.V narration but it didn't detract overly from the story.

By: NELS 072 2020-01-29 14:29:15
Couldn't put book down, interesting read. Found it hard and morally wrong, but made you think outside the box and gave great perspectives.

By: AUCK 069 2020-01-27 14:59:43
An amazing book - overwhelmingly high scores. Very difficult content, but very well-written and believable.

By: INVER 004 2020-01-27 14:58:18
Great book. We questioned the values!

By: WAIUK 005 2019-10-23 13:43:11
Very thought provoking, something we will continue to think about. New insights especially into children's rights. We felt sympathetic to most characters. Extremely valuable insights into lives we would not normally encounter.

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