All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Bryn Greenwood
(Disclaimer: this post is about a book that features a consensual relationship between a child and an adult.)
Books that make you uncomfortable? Totally my kind of thing. I dive headfirst into books that contain touchy subject matter. I rage when anybody dares to say anything less than wonderful about Lolita because it is one of the most exquisitely written books in the world.
I found All the Ugly and Wonderful Things in a BookRiot post called “Books We Wanted to Hate but Had to Love.” This is the story of 8 year old Wavy, daughter of meth addicts, and twenty-something Kellen, who begins to take care of Wavy when it’s clear that no one else will.
It is a love story.
It’s hard to imagine that a love like this one could truly exist, but Bryn Greenwood writes it so skillfully that it’s impossible to deny. Rest assured, Kellen is no Humbert Humbert, and Wavy would destroy you if you called her Lolita. Instead, we get a beautiful story about a love that is complicated and messy, but genuine.