I swear the days just keep on flying by faster and faster, and I can’t believe that it’s already the last Friday in October, which means that it’s almost time for Halloween! We really don’t have anything planned this year for Halloween other than a doctor’s appointment and handing out candy to trick or treaters, but I’m kind of OK with that. I’m just hoping that means that I can finally get Chris to watch Hocus Pocus with me! October can’t pass without that, and October also can’t pass without me linking up for the Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club with Carolann and Christy! This month we read All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood.
Young Wavy is definitely a strange child. which is very apparent when she shows up at her Aunt’s house after her mom and dad are both sent to prison for dealing Meth and possession of Meth. Wavy doesn’t speak and she doesn’t eat, well at least not in front of anyone, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t take car of herself, which is exactly what she does when her mom is released from prison with her newborn brother. A couple of years later, not too long after starting to live with her mom again, one of the guys that helps with her dad’s Meth business crashes in their front yard. After he recovers, Kellen and Wavy form a special bond and she opens up to him in ways that she hasn’t been able to with anybody else. Over the years that special relationship develops into more than a friendship, but not everybody can understand the love that Kellen and Wavy have for each other.
Oh my goodness where to even start with this book! I guess that I should first start with Wavy. With Wavy’s upbringing I’m seriously so surprised that she was able to even function at the level that she did. Her mom was a clean freak that literally washed her mouth out with soap and bleach when she would d something that she deemed as “dirty” and then her father was a Meth dealer that constantly cheated on and abused her mother right in front of her. It literally just breaks my heart to think about everything that this girl has been through, and she’s not even a real person. But it’s also so sad to think about all the kids that do go through similar things on a daily basis.
I really did love Kellen and Wavy’s relationship, at least how it started out. He was kind of like the big teddy bear and best friend that she could turn to when things started to get rough. He also protected her and looked after her. She could have ridden the bus to school, but he drove her on his motorcycle so she didn’t have to deal with the other kids bullying her. He also brought her groceries so she could cook for her and her brother because her mother was too addicted to actually provide for her children.
What I didn’t like was how things progressed very quickly. At the age of 13 or 14 Wavy started to put moves on Kellen and he wasn’t able to resist. They started having a physical relationship and even though I knew that he hadn’t really thought about her in that way before I couldn’t get over how creepy it made me feel. I don’t have an issue with a big age difference between people who are involved romantically, but Wavy was just too young. I think that the author wrote about the character of Wavy and everything that she had been through so that you could see that she was probably way older than what she was, but it still really creeped me out!
Even though I didn’t care for how young Wavy was when she and Kellen started becoming romantically involved, I still really enjoyed this book. It made me uncomfortable in some ways, but I thought that the way the author had written the book was a really interesting way to introduce you to the characters and tell their story. She sometimes used very minor characters points of view to explain a part of a story without giving you insight into what the main characters were thinking. I don’t think that it could work all the time, but it really worked in this instance.
So bottom line is while this book made me really uncomfortable at times, I still really enjoyed it and couldn’t stop reading it. While I didn’t agree with how young Wavy was when her and Kellen started having a more physical and romantic relationship, the author created the characters and their relationships in such a way that you didn’t really mind too much. I think that’s because she created characters that were going against the odds so much that you just wanted them to be happy. I gave this a 4/5 stars and definitely recommend it to everyone if you haven’t read it by now. Be sure to linkup with us next month when we read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng!