Ever since I got back into reading books I kept hearing great things about All The Ugly And Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. And once I found out that it was Book of the Month’s 2016 Book Of The Year Winner, I figured it had to be worth reading. When I say that I LOVED this book it’s an understatement. I felt like I was going through every emotion while reading this novel. It’s ugly and wonderful all at the same time.
We meet Wavy at the age of five. She doesn’t talk, doesn’t like being touched, and won’t eat (at least not in front of others). Her father is a drug dealer and her mother is a germaphobe (for lack of a better word) plus she’s just plain crazy. By the time Wavy is eight years old she is having to take on the responsibilities of an adult, having to care for herself and her baby brother. The only time she can get away from her life is when she goes out to the meadows behind her house and stares at the stars naming all the constellations. During that year she meets Kellen who wrecks his motorcycle in front of her house. Now Wavy was raised to think that no one can be trusted but for some reason Kellen is different.
After that day Kellen, who is this tall thuggish guy but with a heart of gold (a gentle giant type) and Wavy, this scrawny blond haired blue eyed little girl who can make you feel extremely uncomfortable with her just her stare form an unusual relationship. But they have the kind of relationship you can’t help but love. It’s a tender sweetness between the two throughout the years until tragedy hits and leads Wavy’s aunt to finding out about their inappropriate relationship. As Wavy is torn away from her definition of a family, she spends the next several years trying to get the world to understand that even though her world may seem ugly it’s wonderful in her eyes.