Currently reading this amazing gem 📖
Currently reading this amazing gem 📖
I picked up Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things with the intention of reviewing it briefly for book club (it's been 2 years since I first read it). Hours later, I moved to the last page on my Kindle, my brain and heart engaged once again by the questions it asks and the challenges it offers to my understanding. Greenwood is, simply, brilliant at building a story that makes you think you know where you stand . . . until you don't. ⬇️
The first chapter left feeling uneasy about the novel, however, as I move deeper into it I‘m enjoying it more. With no true likable character yet (maybe Wavy, but she‘s not your typical love-me-hug me-child either, which, while understandable, is slightly off putting) it‘s hard to say how the novel will unfold from here.
I don‘t really know what to say about this book. I knew nothing about it beforehand because I don‘t read blurbs much of the time. Some readers will no doubt be offended by its premise. But, there‘s a really good story here, which I think is the point of a novel. I found this story of love, hardship, and growing up too fast to be a very good one. Overall rating: 4.38 stars
With Kellen #BehindTheWheel of his motorbike, Wavy felt safe, and a long way from her meth-lab home life. But Wavy is a child, and Kellen is an adult, and this book makes you think about the very black and white, right and wrong rules of life. Such a great read ♥️
This has been on my TBR for too long. It‘s time to change that.
Blown away by the depth of this story. There were many times I held my breath afraid of what I might be reading, but I found the love between Kellen and Wavy to be something so many of us desire to find. One of the most moving books I've ever had the pleasure of reading! Highly recommend 👍👍
Based on what I knew about this book, as I started reading I expected Kellen to be a major #creep, taking advantage of a girl too young for him. But the relationship that unfolded between him and Wavy was shocking in that I wasn‘t totally grossed out. Greenwood was able to write a story that pushed a lot of boundaries. This was one of my top books of 2017. #anglophileapril
"He squeezed me tight, almost as tight as I needed...Tight enough to tell me I was important to him. A little tighter and I would know I was more important than anything else. That was what I wanted."
Although this book makes me extremely uncomfortable at times, I cannot tear myself away from the love and pain Wavy has experienced/is experiencing. Gripping, haunting, disturbing...but beautiful. Unsure what the final pages will reveal.
Love love LOVED this book. Read it twice already and I feel like going another turn. I fell n love with the characters and I never anted the book to end. Controversial to a certain degree but still an awesome read...
2.16.19 “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.” 💫
Happy Saturday! This one has been on my TBR for a while and I‘m loving this cover. Starting this book today in between working on homework. What is everyone reading this weekend? 📖
When I started this novel, I wasn‘t expecting to be so gripped by it that all I could do was think about reading it. I finished this book in just 48 hours. It was touching, shocking, and wonderfully perfect. I can see why people would be offended by this book, but if literature isn‘t making you uncomfortable, you‘re not growing. I‘m sending this one out very early to @cwarnier but no pressure on reading super quick! #controversialbookclub
Here is our book choice lineup and mailing order for #controversialbookclub! This promises to be an interesting round of reads!
You should have received an email containing the address of the person you‘ll be sending to. You can also choose whether you want notes in the book or in a journal. Let me know if there are any questions and happy reading!
5/5⭐️. I understand the controversy behind the idea of this book in relation to the age of Wavy and the events that occurred between her and Kellen. However, for those that have lived in situations similar to Wavy‘s and experienced the hurt, loss, and unbelievable moments where you have to grow up fast, it keeps you grounded. Growing up way before your time and beyond your years is difficult, and unnerving. It provides you with a reality check.
This is a real thing and the upsetting part about this BS is that this is potentially the warmest it has been today. I‘m going to climb into my cozy pajamas, read this book that is making me wicked uncomfortable and hope it warms up tomorrow. For real, I had to wait for the bus for half an hour this morning and it felt like -38. #overit
I read this with one question in mind, how old are you? She was ten, he was twenty- four. Then she was thirteen and he was twenty six. And then... well obviously it got to a point where they were now both consenting adults. She's adamant she loves him and he loves her. By the writing alone you could believe it, but you, or let me just say I, I could never believe it was romantic. And there's more to this story than romance, it's mostly tragic.
1. This book made me want to vomit 🤮
2. I work from home full time so I eat at home 🏡
3. Probably my hair from K - 10th grade 👩🏻🦱
4. Anything citrusy and the ocean breeze 🍊🌊
5. The Pink American 💕 🇺🇸 🤣
Beautiful, honest, heart breaking. If you want to understand someone who grew up living with a mentally unstable drug addict parent or two this is the book you should read. This book shows all the ugly underbelly of living life like that and anyone who hasn't had to live like that should thank their lucky stars.
A book with a plant in the title or on the cover #popsugar2019challenge
Where do I even begin? I didn't want to like this because the topic is very controversial. Due to the subject matter it can be a tough read and if you're easily squeemish I don't suggest it. However, I cannot deny that it was a captivating read. I couldn't put my Kindle down and finished this in a day!
#WinterWonderland. This was still during the #crystaldays before that one night people were killed, people disappeared, and certain people unfortunately were put in jail. This was the night that Sandy taught Wavy how to put on makeup. Next week it‘ll be 2 years since I‘ve read this book. I remember reading it in one day because it was just that good.
A friend gave this book to me & I get why people like it—it‘s a compelling read which, if you can get over the age disparity between the main characters, is hard to put down. I thought the author did a good job of developing the relationship between Wavy & Kellen while leaving room for the reader to question it & yet be glad, somehow, they found each other. Ultimately, I found some of the plot to be predictable. A good, not great read.
Moving blows. All I want to do is read,but because I have less book cases here I have a book closet.....ugh, how do you find something in here??? Moving blows.
This one was just a bit too sad and uncomfortable for me right now. #cantwinthemall
Let the book hangover begin. This one will stay with me for a long time. I had some personal value struggles throughout, but such an incredible story that made me challenge my own judgements. I loved the characters and am sad to be leaving them. 5🌟#MountTBR
This book left me with a book hangover. I needed sometime to process my feelings. It's about a girl who finds first protection then later love with a man nearly 15 years older. The way the relationship builds makes the feelings experienced by both very real. Because of the relationship between Wavy and Kellen I had very mixed feelings. Not an easy book to read or to process, but it made me question so much of what I think about the world.
I am very uncomfortable. I just passed the halfway mark and it‘s a good book... but I‘m feeling uneasy with the way things are going. I‘m definitely not going to bail, but it‘s a difficult read for me. That is solely based on subject matter and in no way of reflection of the writing.