Wavy has grown up the daughter of a drug addict and left to fend for her younger brother Donal even though she herself is nothing but a child. She doesn’t speak to anyone, she barely eats and the one person in her life that she is willing to let in is a tattooed ex-con who is a friend of her drug dealing father after witnessing Kellen’s motorcycle accident.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is just so sooooo wrong on so many levels but just as much as it’s wrong this book is also all kinds of right. The subject matter is very controversial and I can see a lot of readers absolutely hating it due to the contents of the story but the story is also so well written and a highly addictive page turner.
The plot focuses on this young girl who has been abused and abandoned and all other kinds of horrible things in her life. She doesn’t know normal but she lives each day doing the best she can to survive her surroundings. At only eight Wavy meets Kellen, an adult that’s a part of her parents drug world but treats her better than she’s ever known. This relationship grows into more as Wavy grows over the years.
Quite honestly I think I can compare the fascination of this story much to being similar to seeing an accident on the side of the road, you know that you shouldn’t be staring but it’s so hard not to look and hope that all is well with those involved. Wavy’s story is much the same way, it’s heartbreaking and emotional and extremely compelling to read.
Overall, this book was a well written, jaw dropping, emotional roller coaster that may make you just want to toss the book across the room and one that will haunt you long after reading it. Yes, I would definitely recommend this one if you can handle the tough subject matter involved in this story.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.