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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel…
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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel (original: 2016; edição: 2017)

de Bryn Greenwood (Autor)

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"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. Kellen may not be innocent, but he is the fixed point in Wavy and Donal's chaotic universe. Instead of playing it safe, Wavy has to learn to fight for Kellen, for her brother, and for herself"--… (mais)
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Título:All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel
Autores:Bryn Greenwood (Autor)
Informação:A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin (2017), Edition: Reprint, 432 pages
Coleções:Finished, In Studio
Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:fiction

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Although at times I almost needed to grab a puke bucket because she's 13 and he's 26, I loved Wavy and Kellen and their relationship and I have no problem giving this book 5 stars. It is really well written and I could not put it down. It was the perfect book for Dewey's 24-hour readathon. Not a chance of me falling asleep reading this one. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
What an amazing and disturbing book: all in one. Eight-year old Wavy does not have time for anyone but her little brother. Her parents are drug-addled losers. She calls for help when one of her father's guys (Kellen) falls from his motorcycle, igniting a deep and caring relationship where he becomes her primary caretaker: ensuring she gets to school, stays enrolled, has boots to wear, etc. Beautifully written, raw and gritty reality. What it means to be a family, what it means to be in love. Loved it, but I can see why some readers could be disgusted by it. Wavy is almost as iconic as Lisbeth Salander. OMG, I'm fangirling. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
This was such a sad book, full of so many broken people. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
While the author is a very good writer, the subject matter was too dark for me. Wavy, an eight year old girl, who knows sadness, and the feeling that a good life is not in the cards for her! The book begins when social services pulls her away from her incredibly dysfunctional, mentally ill mother, and dumps her with her Aunt. She is almost feral when she arrives. She is unable to talk, and knows that once again she is in a situation where she isn't wanted. She is wise enough to navigate her troubled life.

While she doesn't eat the food given to her by her Aunt, Uncle and cousin, she finds bits and pieces in the garbage can. She doesn't talk, but she listens. She knows she isn't wanted in this family and hears the comments from her aunt's husband "take her back!" "My God, Why do we have to get involved?"

At night, she seeks solace in the stars. When she speaks, it is to let this family she is not stupid. She knows the constellations, and her first communication to them is to let her know she is not what they think she is -- mentally challenged to the point of no return.

When she is taken away to live with her grandmother, she understands that this is yet another person trying to make the best for this very troubled soul. When the grandmother dies, the social services give her back to her mother who is recently freed from jail.

As soon as she gets out of jail, another baby is born, and now, it is up to Wavy to take care of him.

Wavy meets up with a biker who had an accident in front of her, she develops a twisted relationship with this man, and sadly, this becomes her reference for salvation.

From here on out, there is trouble, drugs become a major part of the lives of those she lives with. There is a math lab in the barn, and her father is deep down into the drugs he sells.

Periodically, I put the book down because it was depressing and there was nastiness upon nastiness for Wavy and her small brother.

I finished the book, with a sense of sadness, knowing this ugliness does indeed occur in humanity, and Wavy represents a little girl, grown into womanhood who tries to get along the best she can, even if it means having sex with the biker who seems to understand her. And, he too is taken away from her life. But, since he is the man who seems to "love" her, she returns even though the social services lock him up. ( )
  Whisper1 | Jan 29, 2021 |
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"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. Kellen may not be innocent, but he is the fixed point in Wavy and Donal's chaotic universe. Instead of playing it safe, Wavy has to learn to fight for Kellen, for her brother, and for herself"--

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