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 stargazing 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.
©2016 Bryn Greenwood (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
"Jorjeana Marie was meant to narrate this gripping story, which takes place in meth country in the Midwest. Neglected, abused 8-year-old Wavy Quinn is stargazing when she unintentionally causes Jesse Joe Kellen, an ex-con employee of her drug-dealing dad, to crash his motorcycle. Marie grippingly portrays this troubled pair who befriend each other after Wavy saves his life. Things come to a head when their relationship is misunderstood. In addition to deftly presenting the lead characters, Marie perfectly renders Wavy's adorable little brother and beloved grandmother. Some chapters are written from other characters' viewpoints over a period of 15 years, and Marie presents those flawlessly as well. Listeners will be eager to hear what happens next, always rooting for Wavy and Kellen." (AudioFile Magazine)
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What an absolutely fantastic story. I can't wait to read more from this author. It does touch some sensitive subjects, but there is nothing better than a well written book. A well written books with an original plot line. I could have done without some of the POVs, and the narrator sometimes messed up with what voice she was doing, but it really was fantastic.
The story line is a refreshing change from assembly line romance tales. The main protagonists are damaged and unglamorous. Some readers might even find the gradual development of their relationship disturbing due to the age gap and the squalor of their surroundings, yet the author persuades us that something of beauty can still grow in the ugliest of circumstances. There is neither a handsome Prince nor sexually skilled billionaire to fuel a reader's girlish daydreams here. Instead a random act of kindness to a child generates a feeling of responsibility which, over a period of years, develops into an attraction destined to raise concerns. This was not an easy subject to tackle and I applaud the author for taking us in a new direction. I look forward to more books from this source.
Too busy to read as much as I'd like, Audible is the perfect solution. I'm a romance reader mostly, but can stray into any story.
If you had told me I would have loved a book this much just based on the blurb, I would have thought you crazy but I am telling you... Perfection. This book was every emotion and more. 5 star all the way.
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I love this book! So many mixed emotions. The characters are unique and special and the entire book was so much more than I thought it would be. Hard at times, and heartbreaking, but wonderful story.
This book was so refreshingly different from everything else I have read, and I absolutely loved it! The story is told from many points of view and it is very well done. The story flows nicely and there weren't any boring parts; every chapter moved the story along.
The story and characters have many dark parts, but it takes an incredible talent to make even the dark characters and situations seem likeable. This was one book that I was eager to listen to every chance I got! Well done debut; I'm already looking forward to whatever her next book will be!
Honestly the most thought provoking emotional roller coaster and really makes you think about how each charter sees their environment family the different ways we all see the same thing and to every single person it's completely different wow Jorjeana did an amazing job with the narration each chapter had its own Essenes in the voice she chose for them. Dramatic on my part but it may be the best book ( minus Harry Potter series) ever.
Love stories are usually predictable; I must admit this was no exception. However, the story that takes you to the end was still much more interesting than a typical love story, and makes one reconsider how to judge a person or a situation superficially. I think most can relate to having good intentions but still being wrong, or not being appreciated by the other side. And vice versa. Would definitely recommend.
Audiobooks have had such a positive impact on my quality of life as I have Chronic Migraine & screens/print can be too hard to view often!
I loved it all the way. I would give this all the constellations if I could! This beautiful audiobook is my favorite of 2016 so far, and I normally read audiobooks on a daily basis. The narration is perfect, & seems to add a lot to the story. I think this novel may come across better on audio than in print, it seems made for audio!
An amazing book that made me feel everything! I was lost in the story from the first page til the last and beyond. All of the Ugly and Wonderful Things is a story that will stay with me, it has etched a place in my heart!
"Those letters seemed so wonderfully tragic to me. Each one a message he would never get. A note in a bottle, bobbing on the ocean. Lost."
I don't know how to put words together to explain how much this story touched my soul. It is beautiful and ugly, poetic and harsh, utterly heartbreaking and lovely.
"I liked learning things. How numbers worked together to explain the stars. How molecules made the world. All the ugly and wonderful things people had done in the last two thousand years."
I listened to much of this story on audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed the narration.
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