Monday, September 5, 2016

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

I finished this book in two days between farm chores and when I wasn't reading it, I would catch myself thinking about the characters.  That's always a sign of a good book for me.  I really liked this book but I almost feel guilty for liking it. It did make me uncomfortable at times...but I think it's a real look inside the life of what it can be like for kids growing up in a crazy environment.  In this book, the girls parents are meth dealers.  I can't tell you to read it.  But I would suggest reading some reviews.  It came out last month and has high reviews and ratings so far.  
Summary from amazon:
A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.
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. A powerful novel you won’t soon forget, Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.

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