Book Review: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Ever read a book that make you want to take a shower in the fire? Because this book was that creepy and felt like crawling under my skin. This is the most creepiest and uncomfortable book that i have ever read in my life. Well of course i have read stories that have been uncomfortable and harsh but then those don’t make you rub yourself with fire because somewhere beneath you see a good spark in all those creepy or hard hitting plot. For this book , it was dirt beneath dirt and making it even more worse

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood- Official Synopsis

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.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood- RWAT Take

I feel absolutely sorry for the author because i am ripping apart all her hardwork, months of blood and sweat but i am sorry to say that this book was absolutely horrible and simply made me uncomfortable to the point that i had nightmares.


I don’t care who says what about this book but for me this book was outright creepy and being repulsive. The book had such a massively powerful opening that I couldn’t step away from the book. There was a point where in the beginning of the book, it nearly brought me to tears and this was just third or fourth chapter.From there the book just went on to become intense to just plain uncomfortable. Every thing in the book was simply messed up making it creepier and uncomfortable .


The book basically narrates the story of a girl and her relationship with this man from the timeline of 8 to 24 age gap perhaps. (i am sorry but i was too uncomfortable to even take a note of it). Since i have been continuously screaming “uncomfortable”, let me actually tell you what made me so “uncomfortable”.


No matter what you say i simply refuse to believe or see romance between an 8yr old girl and 24yr old man. No. NO. OH NO WAY IN HELL. Do you now see my point !. Not only that but the things just go on to become more and more crazier involving physical relationship when the girl is 13 years old and the man is 29-30yr …That is creepy and completely unacceptable.


The book is about broken families and what it does to the kids growing up in them, which was what i thought in the initial few chapters, and was actually pretty impressed too, till the relationship between this 8yr old girl and 24 yrs old man starts shaping the book and then it was completely downhill for me. The part where it came to physical relationship, i completely lost it. HELL NO !! nobody dare tell me to look at the romance because it is not and PLEASE DONT TEACH OTHER THAT IT IS ROMANCE. It feels that the lines of decency and what is morally right and wrong keeps blurring day by day in our society in name of progressive thinking and open mindedness.


We can start and spark on a huge debate on the rightness and wrongness of a little girl falling in love with a much older man. Trust me i don’t have anything against it unless it completely ruptures the innocence of it all. To all those who wants to debate, i simply ask you to read this book and not to just skimp read but actually read and you will realize why i am so furious.


The other thing is that while Initially I thought that it was an interesting pattern to see the story through the narratives of different person, things started a bit weird when it started becoming random and mixed with the narration of a lot of different characters, important and kept breaking the synchronicity


HELL NO !! HELL NO !! it was the most uncomfortable book for me and i personally wouldn’t recommend it but everybody has their own tastes and opinion.

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