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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things Audiobook

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    "cringe worthy and heartfelt romance with HEA"

    At first the narratives fro. different characters threw me off and I didnt think I would like it... I was so wrong. the different narratives help develop the story more. At times I thought I wouldn't be able to get thru parts of the story because of the graffic nature of some parts but I managed and it was soooo worth it.

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    Tracey 04/09/2016
    Tracey 04/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Heartbreaking love story"

    Tragic, devastating, harrowing and eye opening.
    Loved the points of view from all characters and makes me think of what one would do given the same situation. Bit of a tear jerker. I can't say I loved this book due to its nature, but I loved this book! An extremely hard topic to tackle and well written.

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    narda 04/09/2016
    narda 04/09/2016 Member Since 2015

    I live in the outback Australia and so love to listen to a good raunchy kickass story where the female is tall strong and in total control.

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    "This book was a total surpise - loved it"

    All the Ugly and Wonderful things is a story that is raw and real. A tale of true love waiting and growing with age. The struggles of life when you meet your soul mate and your way to young and everything is stacked against you. A very real story rich with emotions. The narrator did a brilliant job, bring the story to life. A beautiful well written story.

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    7/09/16
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    "Read this book."

    No, really. Just read it. Don't read up on it more, don't look for spoilers, just one-click, and read/ press play, whatever. You're welcome all the way.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Misty
    10/08/16
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    "No other like it"

    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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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • AlexM
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    6/10/16
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    "Hard to Read but Worth It"

    The great reviews kept me reading when I felt intensely uncomfortable. It paid off. The story is wonderful and beautiful and ugly all at same time. The narrator did a phenomenal job conveying so many different viewpoints and voices. This book is truly exceptional.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    15/08/16
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    "Favorite book of 2016!!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ann Hawkins
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    12/08/16
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    "A brave departure from the norm"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Denise
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    13/10/16
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    "5 AMAZING STARS! Best book of 2016!"

    The synopsis of the book does NOT do it justice. This story is a very well written story told from various view points. I will admit I was a skeptic when I read the amazon reviews and each one just said "read this book". Now I understand. I want to tell the world to LISTEN/READ THIS BOOK!! The main character's name is Waivy-- it follows her life beginning at birth. There are sub-characters galore and each has an impact on the story. This book is so well written, the performance is so well done that I cannot imagine a bad review of any kind. USE your credit for this book. You will not be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    8/10/16
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    "Surprising!"

    I Couldn't stop listening to this book. There were many parts that made me uncomfortable wondering where the story was taking me. I'm glad I finished it, proved that in this life happiness comes with sacrifice, but it finally arrives!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle
    6/10/16
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    "I finally found it!"

    My favorite book!! I fell in love with the characters from the very beginning. This book might offend some people, but somehow Greenwood made me root for Wavy and Kellen. I was so sad when I realized I was listening to the last chapter. If only every book captivated me like this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lance A. Liberty
    23/09/16
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    "Stunning"

    Fantastic story. Well-written and one of the best performances ever by Jorjeana Marie. Amazingly well developed characters. Loved everything about this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "families are not always the ones you are born into"

    twisted tough lives define family in a new way. engrossing and touching.
    read and weep!

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    3/10/16
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    "Truly Addictive"

    Whoa! I don't think I've ever been as affected by a book or ever thought about a book constantly like I did with this. Contrary to many views I did not struggle with the content at all (I can understand why maybe some people would), I was constantly on tender-hooks waiting for something bad to happen, expecting things to get out of hand at any turn. So many emotions, so much happening. Told in multiple POVs, the story is gritty, tense and beautifully written. The story follows the obsessive relationship between Wavy (age 8) and Kellen who is about 12 years her senior. Wavy's family life leaves a lot to be desired, her parents are abusive and neglectful. Wavy doesn't speak and doesn't like being touched by anyone, until Kellen. He is her protector, her friend, her confidant and as the years go by, their feelings become more....... One of my favourite reads of the year. I loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Favourite book of the year so far!!"

    I loved this story because of the discomfort I felt while reading not despite of..

    This author gave us a story that is original not only in it's content but in the way it's written as well.

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