ALL THE ULGY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
The Ugly – Strung out, abusive, uncaring parents who also deal drugs and engage in “open” marriage among other things: relatives who are too eager to condemn and not eager to listen: law enforcement that wants to believe the worst: and more.
The Wonderful – sincere friendship: true, faithful love: caring teachers: and more.
Beautifully written with well developed, complex characters and believable, if truly awful situations, Bryn Greenwoods debut book is mesmerizing. Filled with raw language and rawer sex, it still manages to be filled with love and hope.
This book is not for everyone, but for those willing to read with an open mind, the love story of Wavy and Kellen follows them from Wavy’s eighth year through her college graduation. This is an unusual book that will find it way to book groups eager to be challenged and willing to discuss drugs, law enforcement, child endangerment, felons, desperation, murder, family relationships, perseverance and hope.
5 of 5 stars with reservations for sex, violence and strong language