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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel | Bryn Greenwood
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. Kellen may not be innocent, but he is the fixed point in Wavy and Donal's chaotic universe. Instead of playing it safe, Wavy has to learn to fight for Kellen, for her brother, and for herself.
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amb_morg
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⭐⭐⭐⭐

A highly controversial story, written from different view points that flows effortlessly from one to the next.

All The Ugly And Wonderful Things is an addicting read that will leave your skin crawling and your heart breaking.

Warning ⚠️ Pedophilia

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Vickia

The moral dilemma and effects of abuse in this book still has Wavy sitting on my heart. Loved this story!

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hes7
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I‘ve been in a slump for the past year, but I‘m wanting to get back to reading regularly soon—and hoping #BookSpin will help me. 🤞🏻 March will be for focusing on my unread #BOTM picks. #doublespin #bookspinbingo

Simona Nice list, and I hope that it will help you 🤞 3mo
swishandflick All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is one of my all-time favorite BOTM picks! 3mo
AWahle I‘m happy to learn I‘m not the only one with unread BOTM books! Trying to work through mine as well. 3mo
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eeclayton Good luck! I loved Anxious People 😊 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Glad to see you back!! Also I totally got your package with the #LMPBC books - thank you for sending them along!!! 3mo
UwannaPublishme #BookSpin always helps get us back into our reading groove! 3mo
bthegood I just started the #BookSpinBingo this year - it just adds a little something to reading each day - I hope you enjoy it - 🙂 3mo
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EvieBee
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Panpan

I hate read this for my book club. I‘m not a violent person, but I want to punch this book in the face. And now…I can‘t unread what I read. That is all.

DGRachel I‘ve had a few of those. Love the review! 7mo
mklong Couldn‘t agree more! God, I hated this book. 7mo
EvieBee @DGRachel Don‘t you hate that?! 7mo
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EvieBee @mklong Lol! Yaaas! 7mo
DGRachel I think the worst is hate-reading for book club and being the only one who suffered through the entire book. 7mo
EvieBee @DGRachel This is my first book club but it‘s the reason why I always hesitated to join. I think from here on out, I‘m going to give myself permission to bail if it‘s disturbing. I do that with my regular reading all the time. 7mo
Megabooks Yeah, this was pretty gross. 7mo
EvieBee @Megabooks Mos def! 7mo
Lesliereads “I want to punch this book in the face”😩 6mo
EvieBee @Lesliereads Oh no, you love it? 6mo
Lesliereads @EvieBee oh no - I haven‘t read it; I was just feeling your pain! Lol! 6mo
EvieBee @Lesliereads Oh, lol! Phew. It was painful. 6mo
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Foragingfantasy
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The title is fitting. It‘s an ugly and wonderful book.

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Jerlynn
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Feeling dead was better than when my heart hurt. Sometimes I thought it might burn through my ribs while I was asleep, and smolder in the sheets until the whole house caught fire.

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Jerlynn
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This is a beautiful book. The writing, the characters, the emotion, all absolutely stunning. This story refuses to leave my thoughts and I know Wavy will never leave me. I love her character so much it brings tears to my eyes. I just wanted her happy, and her happiness was always Kellan. I understand the hate this book brings, but please listen to the awards and endless 5 star reviews it has. It deserves so much love, just like Wavy and Kellan.

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starlight97
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"I was lying on the tracks under a train I was in love with."
? wutheringstacks on instagram
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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Lesanne
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Finally finished another book! My feelings are all jumbled about this one, but I can say it‘s beautifully and powerfully written. I‘m amazed at how the author was able to evoke both sympathy and disgust for many of the characters. My heart ached for Wavy and Kellen while still being very disturbed by the whole situation. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m using this as a free space for #BookspinBingo.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 12mo
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Mrs.C
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Mehso-so

I do not know how to rate this book. Although the writing is really well done, the content is hard to stomach.

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Lesanne
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My #BOTM box for May (with my free birthday month add-on!) 😌

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Mrs.C
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Just started this and it‘s already pulling at the heart strings!

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Jinjer

Opening Survey!

1. Cherokee Village, Arkansas, U.S.A. 7:00am CT, 52F /11C Gloomy with a light rain. Comfy chair, cozy jammies.
2. No stack. Starting with the tagged book on my Kindle, chosen by a random number generator.
3. Snack: Extra Toasty Cheez-Its or Cool Ranch Doritos.
4. I‘ve had my first COVID shot (Moderna) and get the 2nd one on May 7th. I'm on vacation until Wed.
5. Nothing different planned.
#readathon #deweyapril #24hourreadathon

AvidReader25 Reading on rainy days is my favorite. 💙 13mo
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meglynn86
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Tonight‘s read! #latenightreading

FelinesAndFelonies So difficult to explain my reaction to this book. Definitely a work of art despite the difficult subject matter. I hope you enjoy it!! 13mo
meglynn86 @FelinesAndFelonies I finished the book this afternoon. I think I am in the same boat at you. It was definitely different. I can see it being triggering for some but for me it was just very different. 13mo
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AvidlyAlexis
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12/100, 5☆ This is an extremely controversial book so I don't want to do a lengthy review. All I want to convey is that the writing is stellar and the characters are so raw and unique. Is it uncomfortable to read? Yes. But I found the discomfort worth it to read something so gut clenchingly honest and different than the standard fiction.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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I finished this book more than a week ago and couldn't come up with a good way to review it. I really loved the writing style and the rhythm of the book. Every time that I put it down, I was anxiously waiting to pick it back up. It was challenging because of the relationship dynamics and the obvious illegal conduct.
One thing that I can't seem to decide on is whether the behavior of Kellen is grooming behavior or inappropriate and misplaced⬇️

FelinesAndFelonies (continued) feelings for Wavy. I'm going to school for social work and I feel like if this case was reported to me then it would be easily identified as abuse. But something about the care and emotions between the characters causes me to struggle with labeling Kellen an abuser. 1y
FelinesAndFelonies If nothing else, it provided me with a lot to think about and challenged the knee-jerk reaction I had expected to experience with this book. 1y
LazyLibrary This has been on my list forever 1y
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FelinesAndFelonies @LazyLibrary I'm so glad I picked it up. It's a 5⭐book for me. 1y
AmyG It felt so wrong and yet not. I loved this book. 1y
FelinesAndFelonies @AmyG exactly. Like the tenderness he showed toward her in the absence of any other source of love and security. Without age as a factor it was a beautiful love story. With age as a consideration it morphed into a heartbreaking look of abandonment and emotional trauma and resilience. 1y
AmyG Very well said. Only a good writer could have made this story work. 1y
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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 100
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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cenesseth
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Loved this book! Didn't expect to like it as much as I did.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Unpopularopinion
I‘m not going to say that I hated this book because that‘s a strong word, but I strongly disliked this book! Having gone through sexual abuse at a young age I probably never should have read it. But this is definitely an #unconventionalLoveStory it‘s the first book I thought of 🤷‍♀️I even gave mine away!

#Showmesomelove

TheKidUpstairs Not every book is right for every reader! 1y
Kdgordon88 I hear such positives things about this book and am sure I want to read it and then remember the subject matter and am pretty positive I don‘t. Life on the seesaw of indecision. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
aa_guer2021 Hmmm, that‘s on the TBR still. Maybe later 🤷🏻‍♀️🤔 1y
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tracey38 Just sending love to you, my friend. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @tracey38 love you too!! 💕 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ruskigurl16 this book has a lot of love from most people! You may like it 🤷‍♀️ 1y
aa_guer2021 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s a subject matter that is a ⚠️ to me. Even reading You was an adventure, and I tackled that. So 🤷🏻‍♀️. Just thankful I came across this review, that‘s all. 💕💕 1y
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AlisBookNookCorner
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🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 https://suspensebookreviews.home.blog/2021/01/29/all-the-ugly-and-wonderful-thin...

WOW! Please excuse me while I pick my heart up off the floor. This novel made me feel every emotion plus some. This was raw, disturbing, heart-shattering, moving, sad, & truthfully one of the most difficult books I have read. I wanted to hate it, but I loved it and I feel almost guilty doing so. I lost a piece of me to this.

FelinesAndFelonies I chose this as a BOTM add-on. I'm dying to read it. 1y
AlisBookNookCorner @FelinesAndFelonies This book challenged me mentally and emotionally. Some of the content was difficult to get through, but o my, it made me feel so many emotions. The author has stated in interviews that although the book is fiction, a lot of it is based on her real-life experiences. One of the hardest and greatest books I've read. 1y
FelinesAndFelonies My Dark Vanessa was like that for me but I absolutely loved it. Ugg. I am in need of a 5 ⭐ book. 1y
AlisBookNookCorner @FelinesAndFelonies I've heard My Dark Vanessa touches similar topics, but are very different in the context of the relationship. If you liked My Dark Vanessa, you would probably enjoy this one. 1y
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AlisBookNookCorner
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This novel is complex, gripping, intelligent, ambiguous, and heart-shattering. I'm only a little over 100 pages in and I am finding myself needing to take breaks just to catch my breath. There are so many emotions surrounding the events and characters that I can't help but go back in an attempt to understand it all. As difficult as it is at times, this book has made me feel more than most books I've read in my lifetime.

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AlisBookNookCorner
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I was pretty set on reading, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, until I realized that this has been on my TBR for quite some time as well. This book has had readers and reviewers in an absolute uproar about the disturbing content touched in this novel. I personally enjoy reading out-of-the-box and taboo novels. the ones where authors touch topics that most cringe from. I'm apprehensive about starting this but curious about the hype.

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KindleAddict
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This book was very well written and really drew me in...and i will walk away from thia book feeling sadder about the world than i was before i read it...if u are triggered by pedophilia DO NOT READ THIS...i literally feel like crying after finishing this 😳

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TheLibrarian
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Since this is a BOTM giveaway, I‘m selecting my favorite one - All the Ugly and Wonderful Things! Not only is it beautifully written and the story is amazing, but there are so many great discussions you can have about this book.

Thanks for the giveaway!

#goodbyebotm

candority All The Ugly and Wonderful Things was the first book I bought on my Kobo years ago, but I still haven‘t read it 😭 1y
Hooked_on_books Thanks for entering! I tend to avoid books wherein parents willfully endanger or damage their kids, so I‘m wary of this one. But I‘m definitely interested in her follow-up book. 1y
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KindleAddict
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The sadness this book leaves me with everytime i put it down is indescribable

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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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❐ Overall Rating 4½ | Narration 5
Grit-Lit with fantastic writing...that hurt to listen too...but once I knew Wavy and Kellan's whole sordid story, I couldn't help but feel for them.

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Theressadoriott
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Diving into this one between ubering my children between dance and hockey.

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BooksNBowls
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Mehso-so

TW: pedophilia, child abuse, domestic violence, drug abuse

Okay, so I finished it.. finally. This book is beautifully written with a clever POV that kept me very intrigued despite how seriously messed up the whole situation was. I still feel like this book is romanticizing pedophilia and trying to sympathize with a man who clearly groomed an 8 year old girl, but whatever. I guess the author accomplished what she wanted to- she got people talking.

KindleAddict I just finished this and i agree it feels like they were romanticizing pedophilia 1y
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dariazeoli
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I‘m posting one book per day from my ever-increasing TBR. No description. No explanation. Just books to read. Join the fun if you want.

Day 24.

#fromthetbrstacks

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BooksNBowls
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About half way through and kinda want to bail, but there‘s so many good reviews and I kinda want to see what happens to Wavy. But yikes, can we stop romanticizing pedophilia?!? It‘s not cute, it‘s creepy. Idc how much of a “good guy” Kellan is. Ugh if I can get through My Dark Vanessa, I can get through this but it‘ll be awhile before I dive into a book about this content again..

Megabooks Agree this is a creepy AF book. Well written but creepy! 1y
BooksNBowls @Megabooks it is incredibly well written and I enjoy hearing the story through all the different characters. If it wasn‘t for that, I would have already bailed tbh. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one was not for me... I was not ok with what was going on and gave it away as soon as possible! 1y
BooksNBowls @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank god I didn‘t spend actual money on this book it‘s just a hold from the library 1y
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BooksNBowls

“...there was no sense in rushing toward being dead. It would find you soon enough, and before it did there were pleasures to make your heart hurt less.”

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OriginalCyn620
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I flew through this one! My emotions were all over the place, from uncomfortable to angry to sympathetic. Yes, the subject matter is difficult but the author pulled me into the story. It‘s beautifully written, thought-provoking, and really makes you question if things are always so black and white/right or wrong. A very haunting story, for sure.
#bookspinbingo
#booked2020 #bookclubworthy

Cinfhen This was one of my first #BOTM choices and I LOVED it!! GREAT CHOICE 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 2y
mrsthilkey I loooove this book! 2y
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paulareadsallthetime
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was hard to read. At one point, I put it down and did not pick it back up until a few days later. It was a very good book, but the subject matter was hard. I am still not sure how I fee about the relationship between Wavy and Kellen.

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BlueBowBooks
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Well-told story, unusual setting and characters. I found it really difficult to get past the grossness of the romantic relationship between the child and the adult, though. I‘m looking forward to reading more from this author; she‘s talented and is a great story teller.

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LittlePixels
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Coming up with #3Books that made me uncomfortable was pretty hard. I'm just not made uncomfortable that easily in my reading. These two books definitely did it though. The tagged book because of the subject matter and A Little Life because it was just so, so brutal. I actually had to just put it down for a bit a couple of times to take a break from all the sadness. Still, it's one of my favorite books from the past several years. ❤️💔

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The tagged book was my choice also, but I was too busy to post that day... I‘m also rarely made uncomfortable in my reading... 2y
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booknerdlawren
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Panpan

This sympathizes pedophilia. Period. She‘s 13 and he‘s a grown man. Period. This is exactly what is wrong with the world we live in. It has a 4.06 star rating on goodreads with almost 93,000 ratings. Let that sink in. Yeah, it‘s fiction, but it‘s still sympathizing pedophilia and I‘m tired of being quiet about it. “But the writing is beautiful.” I don‘t care. “But he‘s a good guy.” I don‘t CARE. Stop sexualizing children. It‘s not normal!

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KaylaD
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For some reason I think it‘s a good idea to pick up a new book at midnight all the time!! 🙄😬 I was up until 6 or 7 reading it and I couldn‘t not put it down or to wait until I woke up to read some more!! I had to wait until I got out of work to finish it! But it was definitely good!! #BOTM #mustread #pageturner💜💜💜💜

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Erinreadsthebooks
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#wonderouswednesday
Thanks, @Cosmos_Moon for the tag 💜🤩 @Eggs

1.Cleaning, definitely cleaning 🧹
2.Tagged-July was a GREAT reading month for me 🔥
3.Emma Stone, the redheaded version 👩🏻‍🦰

Eggs Thanks for the thoughtful responses 👏🏻📚🤗 2y
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Erinreadsthebooks
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Wow. This book is one of the most perfect books I‘ve ever read. To have so many narrators and each voice sound unique (I ❤️ Renee) is a testament to Greenwood‘s talent. Secondly, to take a subject that seems to be so blatantly wrong and turn it into such a gray area isn‘t an easy feat and Greenwood does it like a champ. She‘s an auto-buy author for me now. This book is everything. It‘s not for everyone but easily in my all-time top 5.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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I‘ve found my favorite line of the the week: “The whipped cream on Mom‘s shit sundae was that Wavy tricked her.” 🤩😎🤓👏🥳💪👊🙌🍨 The writing in this book is 🔥🌟💯

BethM 😂 2y
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OhBOOOOK
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This is a really captivating (and sometimes hard to stomach) read that explores the meaning of family and the idea of child sovereignty and consent.

Has anyone else read this one? What do you think?

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Woah. I‘m about a quarter of the way into this one. The writing is superb, but I find myself in this constant state of discomfort. I‘m sure that‘s the point. I‘ve heard enough about this really, really well-written book to know where it‘s headed but I‘m not deterred. My non-reader husband was going to skip his July BOTM box but decided he really needed Greenwood‘s other novel, and maybe Friends and Strangers, so his box is on the way. 😉😜🤗

Reecaspieces I begged my friends to read this one. I wanted to talk about it. My word....what a book that makes you question. The gray areas...omg 2y
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LisaLovesToRead
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This book is disturbing, but Greenwood pulls you into the story. It is different and worth the read. It makes you think.

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j.rye
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You question so many things... what‘s right and wrong? This book is amazing. I drank it in in one day. 5/5. My 2020 favorite so far.

swishandflick YES! This was my favorite book of the year when I read it too 👏🏽 2y
Moonprismpower What a good review. I‘ve just added it to my TBR! 2y
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KadeLexical
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This book puts your brain in a moral head lock and beats the shit out of it.

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BookNightOwl
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Warning!!!!! Controversial Read

Beautifully written! Highly addicting!
I enjoyed the vast cast of characters. I enjoyed the different points of view. I enjoyed the story. It made me laugh and it made me sad.

CocoReads I‘ve read it twice and loved it each time but I completely understand why some felt uncomfortable. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Unpopular opinion... I didn‘t care for it... probably the reason is that I was sexually abused as a child. I‘m usually ok reading books related to this, but this one didn‘t sit well with me... 2y
BookNightOwl @CocoReads I bought my copy I can see myself reading this again. 2y
BookNightOwl @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm sorry to hear that. I can see why this wouldn't be be a pleasant read. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @mandi1082 it‘s ok... thank you though 😘😘 2y
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Romancegirl
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This book's title says it all because it is ugly while being wonderful at the same time. The first half was uncomfortable, but the second half is when I began sighing with relief and rooting for Wavy and Kellen. Also, the end has Renee in it and she quickly became my favorite character because I related to her and was saying what she was saying about the Kellen and Wavy situation.
Overall, this is a beautifully written and thought-provoking read.