Goodreads Monday – All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

It’s the first Goodreads Monday of 2020, friends! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.

This week’s book is All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. This book was released in 2016 but I saw a lot of hype for it on bookstagram last year. This contemporary fiction has a 4.07 star average with 79.7k+ ratings and 11.5k+ reviews.

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.

Why do I want to read it?

I’m honestly a little scared to read this book because of the controversial topic? I’ve read a lot of reviews about this and most of them say that it’s intensely emotional, shocking, disgusting and a challenging read due to the books content. I don’t know. A lot of the readers whose reviews I love and trust and whose book opinions I agree with rated this book very highly (most 4 or 5 stars). Many mention how the first book that came to mind after reading the synopsis was Lolita but they say that this book is beyond that (in a positive way). So… Yeah, I’m very curious.

Have you read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things or is it on your TBR?

12 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday – All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

  1. I read All the Ugly and Wonderful Things as an arc, so it’s been awhile, but I did rate it four stars. While it was intense, it was so very well-written and moving. I’ve never read Lolita, so I can’t compare it to that, but for me this book was–at its core–a book about love and its endurance to prevail. I hope you enjoy it, if you decide to give it a read. 🙂

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    • I’ve heard lots of positive things about how its written. I think that’s probably one of the things all readers agree on, even those that rated it two stars despite the very tough and controversial topic. I’m very much looking forward to reading it and seeing where I fall on the scale! I haven’t read Lolita either so I can’t really say much about that but I did hear a lot of comparisons lol I will definitely be giving this a go–don’t know when but it will happen! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dedra ❤

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    • It really does. I’m surprised by how much high praise it has received since it’s such a controversial and difficult subject. But it makes me look forward to reading it even more. I hope you enjoy it, Ali!


  2. I kicked this off my TBR after I read a few trusted reviewers opinions on it. It’s always going to be a difficult theme to get the tone right for because you really don’t want to have child grooming masquerading as romance but also it’s a topic that needs to be written about. But I’ve decided it ain’t for me. I also am not a fan of Lolita. Gosh I’ve had many arguments with literary snobs about that book and why I think it’s a turd with no place in the canon 🙈😂🙈😂🙈😂

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    • Fair enough! I was actually wondering how some of my favourite reviewers rated it and they’re all quite positive. It definitely is a controversial book that has stirred up a lot of heated discussions. I haven’t read Lolita so I can’t really say anything and I really don’t have anything to compare it with 🤣 So yes, I’m definitely very curious. Don’t know when I’ll read it but I reckon it’ll stay on my list!

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