Published by Thomas Dunne Books Genres: Contemporary
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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.
Odd couple that they were, they had a real connection. Then he tugged her boot off and kissed the bottom of her bare foot. I could see him doing that kind of thing to his own kid, but she wasn’t. She was somebody else’s little girl.
As soon as you read that synopsis you know this isn’t going to be a light and fluffy read. Besides the gloom and doom of an 8 year old with a meth dealer as a parent what intrigued me was love story. When I think of love it goes hand in hand with romance. But there’s nothing romantic about a young girl falling in love with an ex-con more than half her age. In fact, that is just one facet of how this story challenged me. It challenged me in so many ways. One hand it’s brilliant. On the other it’s horrifying.
I liked how we were different, but the same.
I do feel that have to clarify that as dark as the subject matter is, and as troubling as it seems, I wouldn’t characterize Kellen View Spoiler »as a pedophile. « Hide Spoiler I think that is what has made my feelings towards him and their situation so conflicted. It’s one of those stories that really does muddy what you would consider a black and white issue. Especially when you see how it starts out and how evolves into what it is. With Wavy and Kellen it felt as if the writing was on the wall and it was inevitable for this train to crash. There is no stopping what has already started and the worst of my conflict came because I wasn’t as horrified but it as I felt I should have been. I would go so far to say that I sympathized with both of them.
I was lying on the tracks under a train I was in love with.
What made All The Ugly and Wonderful Things unique was how the story was written. You see the progression of Wavy and Kellen’s relationship through not only their eyes, but the eyes of those around them. I love the prose and how it moved me. The writing style and how this author told Wavy and Kellen’s story made it almost impossible to put down. It’s not so often that I read a book in one sitting, but I couldn’t stop. Honestly, this is a book I want to recommend to everyone but I know it is not for the faint of heart.This is certainly a story that has stayed on my mind since i finished and it has yet to release me.