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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel | Bryn Greenwood
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 star gazing 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. Kellen may not be innocent, but he is the fixed point in Wavy and Donal's chaotic universe. Instead of playing it safe, Wavy has to learn to fight for Kellen, for her brother, and for herself.
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caitlynmhastert
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December 2019 - Book 3

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peaches10
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I'm speechless...I walked into this one blindsided. Your feelings will be all over the place but I enjoy reads that make you feel

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Ash91
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“When I reached her, she was a star, pulling me into her orbit” #bookdragon #bryngreenwood #alltheuglyandwonderfulthings #fallreads #bannedbooks

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Califlamingo
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This was a tough read. It made me very uncomfortable through some of it. Was it love or was it something else? You'll need to talk about this story when you finish it. I did the audio and the narrator was amazing.

Mccall0113 This one stayed with me a long time. 1mo
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KaraWines
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This book was tough to read, honestly. This book deals with love in it's most basic form and how it can change with time. This is also a book about family and what that really means. Mixed in with drug abuse, child abuse, neglect, mental illness, rape, and murder, is a story about two people who always find their way back to each other.

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Mamashep
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Truth be told, I finished this book several days ago and I‘m still not sure how I feel about it. I raced through it, at first because I was loving the story and curious to see how these children would survive their horrible circumstances, if they would survive. Then it got creepy and uncomfortable and I almost had to give up on it. Id recommend it, but only for those who can overlook some things that made this Mom squeamish.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I totally agree with your review... I probably won‘t read anything else by this author... 3mo
Megabooks I did find the underage girl/adult man who raised her romance vibe creepy! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Her most recent isn‘t creepy with the “is it pedophilia” vibe but she does introduce neuroatypical characters in a sort of Matthew Quick way. (If you‘ve read The Good Luck of Right Now and/or The Silver Linings Playbook.) however, I did like Bryn‘s latest 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks I‘ve got The Silver Linings Playbook, but haven‘t read it yet! (edited) 3mo
Mamashep @Megabooks will have to give the new one a shot! 3mo
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Tiltedwhirled
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This book made my heart hurt

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Maude
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I just got this in the mail and will be dropping everything to read it now 😁 I loved, The Reckless Oath We Made!!

AmyG This one is so good. 3mo
mreads Is that a candle? Looks cool! 3mo
Maude @mreads yes it is a candle, my Dad gave it to me awhile ago :) 3mo
xxjenadanxx This book is soo good! 3mo
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angel1
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It feels like a fall day here in SC so, you will find me outside reading!!😊

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Saturday. 🌱

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CharismaRaven13
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Currently reading this amazing gem 📖

Mamafoshay What is this one about? Easy read? 5mo
CharismaRaven13 A very young girl who grows up with a horrible mom forms a friendship with a friend of her moms Bf. they form a friendship. Very unique. It‘s about a hard life and trust. This one got my heart gripped tight so far. Almost done. I recommend it. 5mo
Mamafoshay Thanks!!!! I'll have to check it out 5mo
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Booklover2
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Disturbing, thought provoking, uncomfortable, yet we should all@not be so quick to judge what we do not know.

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UnabridgedPod
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I picked up Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things with the intention of reviewing it briefly for book club (it's been 2 years since I first read it). Hours later, I moved to the last page on my Kindle, my brain and heart engaged once again by the questions it asks and the challenges it offers to my understanding. Greenwood is, simply, brilliant at building a story that makes you think you know where you stand . . . until you don't. ⬇️

UnabridgedPod On Unabridged, we call these books that we don't recommend . . . but would love to discuss. Others talk about them with allll the trigger warnings.⠀

Have you read Bryn Greenwood's novel? What did you think? (And did you know she has another one coming out this fall? It's called The Reckless Oath We Made and is climbing my "must buy" list.)
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Suet624 Inhaled this book and loved it. 6mo
Freespirit I haven't read this, but I want to now after reading your review. Thank you! 6mo
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UnabridgedPod @Freespirit I‘ll be interested to know what you think. It was quite unexpected for me. 6mo
shellleigh33 I thought this was a great read and makes a great book for a book club discussion read!!! 6mo
UnabridgedPod @shellleigh33 Yes!! We had a fabulous discussion about the book—its complexity makes it a good choice. 6mo
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cwarnier
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@LibrarianRyan @LiterRohde @collegecatlady
#controversialbookclub
Mailed off today. Hope all is going well with the rest of the books.

collegecatlady I‘ll have The Black Witch here soon! 6mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. @Collegecatlady Speaking of the Black Witch, I forgot to put the Spoiler in the Spoiler alert envelope inside the book. So I am mailing it separately. It will be in a Jesse White Secretary of State Envelope. Only open when you have finished the book. 6mo
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cwarnier
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Mehso-so

#controversialbookclub
I will send this book off later this week. I cant wait to read the last two later this year.

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TheLibrarian
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#shocking content but also it‘s #shocking how good it is!

#30junebooks

DebbieGrillo I loved this one. 6mo
TheLibrarian @DebbieGrillo Me too!! It‘s still one of my favorite books. 6mo
Lisaw13 Sooooo good, yet uncomfortable 😳 6mo
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hjreviews
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The first chapter left feeling uneasy about the novel, however, as I move deeper into it I‘m enjoying it more. With no true likable character yet (maybe Wavy, but she‘s not your typical love-me-hug me-child either, which, while understandable, is slightly off putting) it‘s hard to say how the novel will unfold from here.

Reggie Oof this will mess with what you believe to be right. It‘s so good though! 6mo
hjreviews @Reggie I‘m really loving the all the different perspectives being used… in general I‘m finding this book hard to put down! 6mo
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Jason7
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I don‘t really know what to say about this book. I knew nothing about it beforehand because I don‘t read blurbs much of the time. Some readers will no doubt be offended by its premise. But, there‘s a really good story here, which I think is the point of a novel. I found this story of love, hardship, and growing up too fast to be a very good one. Overall rating: 4.38 stars

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JennyM
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With Kellen #BehindTheWheel of his motorbike, Wavy felt safe, and a long way from her meth-lab home life. But Wavy is a child, and Kellen is an adult, and this book makes you think about the very black and white, right and wrong rules of life. Such a great read ♥️

#MayMovieMagic

Prettytears And that's why all the ugly and wonderful conversations take place after the read. Glad you finished it😊 7mo
JennyM @Prettytears fantastic read! 7mo
Cinfhen One of my favorite reads 7mo
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KarenUK So glad you liked it! All the feels!💕💕 7mo
Kalalalatja Such a thought provoking read! 7mo
readordierachel Good choice! This one has really stuck with me. 7mo
JennyM @readordierachel @Kalalalatja @KarenUK @Cinfhen a powerful read that made me really think about things 7mo
bhmurray I can't wait to read this! 5mo
JennyM @bhmurray it is sooooo good! Enjoy 😊 5mo
bhmurray @JennyM I sure will thank you! 5mo
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JennyM
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This has been on my TBR for too long. It‘s time to change that.

Leftcoastzen ❤️😁🐶 7mo
rather_be_reading u are gonna love it! 7mo
JennyM @rather_be_reading I‘m 40 pages in and already I‘m pretty hooked! 😊 7mo
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JennyM @Leftcoastzen I can‘t believe she actually stayed put long enough for me to snap her! 😂 7mo
Reggie I read this in one day 3 New Year‘s Eves ago. So good. It will challenge you but you will still root for Wavy all the way. 7mo
JennyM @Reggie it‘s great so far 👍 7mo
Kalalalatja Love this book, and lovely photo 👌 7mo
Prettytears It certainly lives up to its title😃 And you'll never forget, at least I haven't. 7mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja thanks lovely. I‘m trying to get down my TBR - should have done it sooner, as I‘m reading so many great books that have been on the pile for a while! 7mo
JennyM @Prettytears it‘s one people always seem to talk about and stays with them. I think I‘m starting to see why x 7mo
Prettytears @JennyM It's certainly sparks spirited debates, some that I've been apart of😅 But regardless, it's still a good book in my opinion. 7mo
swishandflick Yes!!! This was my favorite book of the year when it came out 👏🏽 7mo
JennyM @swishandflick I‘m loving it already!!! 7mo
Hooked_on_books 🐶💙 7mo
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Cconnolly
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From the first book I chose when I joined BOTM until now. Hubby found a bookshelf for me since I filled our built-ins. Now I can easily see which ones I need to read yet. A wonderful Friday night! 😊❤️📚

Branwen It looks awesome! 🤗 8mo
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MaceyT15
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Blown away by the depth of this story. There were many times I held my breath afraid of what I might be reading, but I found the love between Kellen and Wavy to be something so many of us desire to find. One of the most moving books I've ever had the pleasure of reading! Highly recommend 👍👍

Reecaspieces I loved this book!!! 8mo
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Based on what I knew about this book, as I started reading I expected Kellen to be a major #creep, taking advantage of a girl too young for him. But the relationship that unfolded between him and Wavy was shocking in that I wasn‘t totally grossed out. Greenwood was able to write a story that pushed a lot of boundaries. This was one of my top books of 2017. #anglophileapril

ShyBookOwl Interesting! 8mo
Mdargusch Hmmm. That‘s so interesting it wasn‘t creepy. 8mo
TheBookKeepers Right, excellent authorship 8mo
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TheLibrarian I was worried about it but you‘re right, the author does an amazing job creating the relationship between them. This ended up being one of my favorite books. 8mo
KarenUK Loved this book too 💕 8mo
Cinfhen Me too!!!! Loved loved loved 8mo
Kalalalatja I still think about this book! So good 👌 8mo
anony2714 @Kalalalatja Namaste. 8mo
emilyhaldi Great book 🖤 8mo
Megabooks I wasn‘t as grossed out as Tampa, but it still felt really weird. 8mo
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MaceyT15

"He squeezed me tight, almost as tight as I needed...Tight enough to tell me I was important to him. A little tighter and I would know I was more important than anything else. That was what I wanted."

Although this book makes me extremely uncomfortable at times, I cannot tear myself away from the love and pain Wavy has experienced/is experiencing. Gripping, haunting, disturbing...but beautiful. Unsure what the final pages will reveal.

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amyf0x
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Wavy is growing up surrounded by poverty, drug abuse and violence, but her blossoming relationship with a young man named Kellen is keeping them both alive.

Read March 26-29
Book 17/55

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tricours
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Very captivating. Very.

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lis_muh
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Love love LOVED this book. Read it twice already and I feel like going another turn. I fell n love with the characters and I never anted the book to end. Controversial to a certain degree but still an awesome read...

xxjenadanxx Controversial for sure, but I loved this book too. 8mo
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OriginalCyn620
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I have this on my Kindle but haven‘t read it yet. From what I understand, there‘s some awkward stuff in there. #literaryluck #awkwardreads

Mccall0113 Loved this one. It has stayed with me a long time. 9mo
swishandflick Loved, loved, LOVED this book. It was my favorite of the year when it came out! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I chose the same one!! 🤢 9mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s awkward in theory but the author handles it in such a way that it really doesn‘t feel awkward as you‘re reading it. I was shocked. It‘s so good!! 9mo
vkois88 Still on my tbr 9mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Awkwardread

#LiteraryLuck

I know I‘m in the minority here, but I just couldn‘t get on board this one... 🤷🏼‍♀️ I have since given this book away because of the way I felt about it..

Reviewsbylola I loved this one so much but I def went in expecting it to be awkward. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reviewsbylola I‘m in the minority 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 9mo
vkois88 It's still on my TBR. I need to read it to figure out what everyone is talking about lol 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 you‘re not missing much!!! 9mo
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Courtneyjo_reads
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I‘ve read some great books so far in 2019. What are your favorites this year?

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Although I didn‘t care for this book Wavy and Kellan did have #uniquecharacternames

I know!! I‘m in the minority on this one!! 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

#LiteraryLuck

Image from google as I gave my book away!! 🤣

kspenmoll I could not even open this due to topic. Just couldn‘t. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll I wish I could unread it.... 9mo
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CoverToCoverGirl I have a lady that comes into my bookstore, her name is Wavy. She‘s from Newfoundland. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoverToCoverGirl it is a cool name!! ❤️ 9mo
vkois88 I still haven't read this one yet 9mo
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cwarnier
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@collegecatlady Wow, I was super excited to get this on the mail today. I better get on reading my book.
#controversialbookclub
@LiterRohde @LibrarianRyan

collegecatlady No rush! I just loved this one so much I couldn‘t help myself! I hope you enjoy it 10mo
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Courtneyjo_reads
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This book was amazing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5!

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Courtneyjo_reads
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2.16.19 “I liked learning things. How numbers worked together to explain the stars. How molecules made the world. All the ugly and wonderful things people had done in the last two thousand years.” 💫
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Happy Saturday! This one has been on my TBR for a while and I‘m loving this cover. Starting this book today in between working on homework. What is everyone reading this weekend? 📖

Crazeedi I'm almost done with this one 10mo
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collegecatlady
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When I started this novel, I wasn‘t expecting to be so gripped by it that all I could do was think about reading it. I finished this book in just 48 hours. It was touching, shocking, and wonderfully perfect. I can see why people would be offended by this book, but if literature isn‘t making you uncomfortable, you‘re not growing. I‘m sending this one out very early to @cwarnier but no pressure on reading super quick! #controversialbookclub

cwarnier Wow, awesome. I have not started. I have to finish up the buries giant for #lmpbc first, and then I will start The Hate U Give. 10mo
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collegecatlady
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Here is our book choice lineup and mailing order for #controversialbookclub! This promises to be an interesting round of reads!

You should have received an email containing the address of the person you‘ll be sending to. You can also choose whether you want notes in the book or in a journal. Let me know if there are any questions and happy reading!

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RedbagReadbooks
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5/5⭐️. I understand the controversy behind the idea of this book in relation to the age of Wavy and the events that occurred between her and Kellen. However, for those that have lived in situations similar to Wavy‘s and experienced the hurt, loss, and unbelievable moments where you have to grow up fast, it keeps you grounded. Growing up way before your time and beyond your years is difficult, and unnerving. It provides you with a reality check.

Suet624 👏🏽👏🏽👍🏼👍🏼💕 10mo
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Reagan-reads
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This is a real thing and the upsetting part about this BS is that this is potentially the warmest it has been today. I‘m going to climb into my cozy pajamas, read this book that is making me wicked uncomfortable and hope it warms up tomorrow. For real, I had to wait for the bus for half an hour this morning and it felt like -38. #overit

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Prettytears
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I read this with one question in mind, how old are you? She was ten, he was twenty- four. Then she was thirteen and he was twenty six. And then... well obviously it got to a point where they were now both consenting adults. She's adamant she loves him and he loves her. By the writing alone you could believe it, but you, or let me just say I, I could never believe it was romantic. And there's more to this story than romance, it's mostly tragic.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 10mo
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Alfrazier21
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1. This book made me want to vomit 🤮
2. I work from home full time so I eat at home 🏡
3. Probably my hair from K - 10th grade 👩🏻‍🦱
4. Anything citrusy and the ocean breeze 🍊🌊
5. The Pink American 💕 🇺🇸 🤣
@howjessreads #FriYAYintro

CouronneDhiver What kind of ‘do did you have? 10mo
Rcoco I HATED the book you tagged. But it got sooooo much love on Litsy and goodreads I could not believe it! 10mo
Alfrazier21 Oh it was awful. I have naturally curly hair and my mom thought it would be a good idea to give me bangs. We curled half of the bangs backwards and half of them down on my forehead 🤦‍♀️😳 @CouronneDhiver 10mo
Alfrazier21 I HATED it too. Didn‘t really understand all of the love. I was actually really surprised by it. To me Kellen was 100% a sex offender and the whole book was spent sexualizing children. So gross. @Rcoco 10mo
CouronneDhiver Hahaha! Yep. My curls were bad in the 90s too... but I‘ve figured them out since then. 😂😂😂 10mo
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Sisemore3
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100 pages in and I‘m really enjoying this month‘s Book Club pick. #bookclub

Copwithabook Such a good novel!!! 11mo
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saheffernan
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Beautiful, honest, heart breaking. If you want to understand someone who grew up living with a mentally unstable drug addict parent or two this is the book you should read. This book shows all the ugly underbelly of living life like that and anyone who hasn't had to live like that should thank their lucky stars.

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Brie
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This book made me feel so many emotions and the storyline left me so conflicted, but ultimately the writing had so much depth and nuance and I know the characters will stay with me for a while.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#UniqueRead
#ANewChapter

I know I‘m in the minority on this one, but I didn‘t care for it. I even gave my copy away... I know most everyone love it, don‘t hate me 🤦🏼‍♀️ it fit the prompt!

AmyG It certainly was a unique read. 11mo
kspenmoll I could not read it either. 😘 11mo
cariashley Agree with you! I really did not like it. 😝 11mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd I actually liked this one but can totally understand why you didn‘t like it! This is definitely one polarizing unique read. 11mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I've seen this book around, read and liked by many but somehow I'm just not drawn to it😅 11mo
Hollie I haven‘t read it because I don‘t think I‘d like it either 11mo
cathysaid I‘ve tried and bailed several times... 11mo
Bookgirl I haven‘t read this but I love opinions that go against popular view. Just proves that books speak differently to everyone! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll I finished it, but it was difficult! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JuliaTheBookNerd @Jee_HookedOnBookz This is why I love Litsy! We all can have opinions and be respectful about it!! ❤️💗 @Bookgirl (edited) 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie we have very similar tastes!!! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @cathysaid I totally understand!! 11mo
CatsCoffeeAndBooks I loved this one! But can totally understand how it wouldn‘t be a keeper for some people!! 11mo
vkois88 I haven't read it but it sounds interesting. I'd have to pick it up to see if I could make it through. 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 let me know your thoughts !! 11mo
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serendiipitous
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A book with a plant in the title or on the cover #popsugar2019challenge

Where do I even begin? I didn't want to like this because the topic is very controversial. Due to the subject matter it can be a tough read and if you're easily squeemish I don't suggest it. However, I cannot deny that it was a captivating read. I couldn't put my Kindle down and finished this in a day!

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Mc_cart_ny
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My #bookolutions #in2019 are:

📚Read exclusively off my TBR list! Exception for book club 😉 Hoping to get some of the hardcovers in the picture above finally read! #MountTBR

📚Continue reading more nonfiction.

📚Read 75 books.

📚Read more thoughtfully and more diversely.

#resolution

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#WinterWonderland. This was still during the #crystaldays before that one night people were killed, people disappeared, and certain people unfortunately were put in jail. This was the night that Sandy taught Wavy how to put on makeup. Next week it‘ll be 2 years since I‘ve read this book. I remember reading it in one day because it was just that good.

TrishB Wow 😮 great memory 👍🏻 12mo
Reggie @TrishB Thanks!! 12mo
Mccall0113 This one has stayed with me for a long time. 12mo
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Reggie @Mccall0113 me too. Wavy, Kellan, Donal😭😭😭 And then I laughed because Wavy got that college roommate who was a total poser. But it all ended alright. 12mo
AmyG I loved this book. I didn‘t think I would....but it absolutely worked. I believed it, it was beautiful and I, too, will always remember this story. (edited) 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It has stayed with me, though I can‘t say I loved it like everyone else... I‘m definitely in the minority on this one. 12mo
Cinfhen I really did LOVE this book and it‘s been almost 3 years since I read it!!!! 12mo
Reggie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yeah, it‘s definitely a challenging read. You‘re right, as readers wherever we fell, it is nothing if not memorable. 12mo
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A friend gave this book to me & I get why people like it—it‘s a compelling read which, if you can get over the age disparity between the main characters, is hard to put down. I thought the author did a good job of developing the relationship between Wavy & Kellen while leaving room for the reader to question it & yet be glad, somehow, they found each other. Ultimately, I found some of the plot to be predictable. A good, not great read.

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