ALL THE UGLY AND WONDRFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood

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.

Rating

Sex:

Very detailed and graphic sex scenes involving a minor.

Bullying/Violence:

Many types of violence.

Suspense/Horror:

It's not scary. It's a real life kind of horror. Relatable, realistic horror that gets under your skin.

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Alcohol/Drugs:

The parents of the main character, Wavy, are manufacturing meth for a living. So, drug use is VERY normal.

Alternative Lifestyle/LGBT:

Naughty Little Tidbits: Disturbing Behaviour, Disrespect Rules/Laws, Bad Role Model, Gambling, Greed

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Would I recommend this book for...
Teenagers?No
Adults?No

Comments: I now need therapy after reading this book. This book should come with a trigger warning for about everything you can think of associated with children and teenagers. There are eating disorders, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, violence, murder, drug and alcohol abuse, etc. Yet, the most disturbing was childhood sex/sexual abuse. In case you're wondering if the author really "goes there" with the two main characters...I assure you she does. It will be detailed out for you in all of it's ugly glory, and will be seared into your mind where it cannot escape. It twisted in my mind until I was wondering if his actions really were justified, and then I thought what kind of sick person thinks that!? This book seriously messed with my head.

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