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Publisher Description

- A New York Times and USA Today bestseller
- Book of the Month Club 2016 Book of the Year
- Second Place Goodreads Best Fiction of 2016

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 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. 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.

31 Books Bringing the Heat this Summer —Bustle

Top Ten Hottest Reads of 2016 —New York Daily News

Best Books of 2016 —St. Louis Post Dispatch

Fiction & Literature
August 9
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Tiggy/Cookie ,

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

A subject hard to read about, but pretty sure it happens. In bygone days 13 was not too young to marry, but these days I understand why it seems shocking. What an environment Wavy and Donal were forced to live in, pretty sure again, that there are children that live in that same environment today. I believed Kellan did his best to control his feelings for Wavy, to protect her from himself. Wavy was always the aggressor , she was old beyond her years. I felt sympathy for some of these dysfunctional characters.

PackagingChick ,


Trigger warning. This book glorifies and romanticizes child molestation. I regret buying this book, it is absolutely disgusting.

I can’t believe this got published.

Asimerdhcchc ,

Well written but went too far

This was a book that was easy to get get hooked on and read in a few days - no doubt the author is a good storyteller. But left me with a feeling of yuck...sensitive subject and assuming you embrace the ending, would have set better without so many graphical details of the inappropriate relationship. I waited a few days to write this review hoping the bad scenes would wash away from memory to no avail.

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