Contemporary Fiction

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

by Bryn Greenwood

Quick take

The ultimate noir fairy tale...if you fell for Beauty and the Beast (and who didn't?) you will fall for this very offbeat pair.

Why I love it

Prepare yourself for one of the strangest but also one of the most genuine, and unforgettable, love stories you'll ever read. Bryn Greenwood's pristine, evocative writing is perfect for creating this deeply hypnotic tale about love found in the most unlikely of places - a backwoods meth lab in the rural Midwest.

Wavy is the daughter of a man who runs the meth lab. Her circumscribed world is woef...


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 onl...

Member thoughts

74% Love
21% Like
4% Dislike
  • Liza h.

    New York, NY

    "Creepy but satisfying in a way that recalls Lolita. How can the author make something so wrong feel so right?!"

  • Paige K.

    Chicago, IL

    "This book shines a light on the fact that everyone has their own personal story or journey to embark on. Don't judge a book by it's cover!"

  • Stephanie H.

    Murrieta , CA

    "60% ugly, 20% Wonderful. The other 20 was uncomfortable. "

  • Cynthia D.

    Massapequa, NY

    "Thought provoking & controversial."

  • Colleen S.

    Chicago, IL

    "This book broke my heart in so many ways. Wavy was failed by the people who should have taken care of her. It's a great story of family being what you make it, not blood. "

  • Paula K.

    Roundup, MT

    "What an ugly and wonderful book! I could not stop reading it. "

  • Joy G.

    St. Amant, LA

    "The title spells it out for the reader- it’s a wonderful, ugly story. Still thinking about Wavy. "

  • Emily R.

    Houston, TX

    "This was the best!"

  • Sydney Y.

    Paris, TX

    "HOLY SMOKES!!!"

  • Melissa T.

    Topsham, ME

    "One of the best books I've read in a long time. Couldn't stop reading it. Heartbreaking but wonderful. I loved this read."

  • Chrissy D.

    Florence, KY

    "I loved this book! It was beautiful and surprising and I loved it!"