I received a free copy of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel from the publisher in return for an honest review.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was an uncomfortable read. I want to say it was uncomfortable in a good way but because of the controversial story line it feels wrong to even say that. It's also a very hard book to write a review for without ruining a lot of the storyline for those who haven't yet read it.
The story brought out all sorts of conflicting emotions and at times I found myself thinking that it was wrong of me to be getting so much enjoyment from it. The relationship between Wavy and Kellen is sad, compelling and disturbing. If you were to stumble upon this happening in real life you would be outraged. It's wrong on so many levels. But, experiencing their story, seeing their relationship through their eyes, you begin to view it differently. All of sudden it doesn't feel so outrageous and then you realise that you feel this way and have a WTF moment and find yourself feeling disgusted and uncomfortable with where your thoughts and feelings have taken you.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is a book that not everyone is going to be comfortable reading. It's a book that had me questioning myself, my feelings and my emotions. On finishing it I wasn't sure how I felt. I enjoyed it but at the same time my mind was all over the place trying to analyse what I was feeling and why it left me feeling so conflicted. It's controversial, it's uncomfortable, it's shocking, it's raw and it's a very powerful and emotional read that will take you out of your comfort zone but it's because of this that I enjoyed it so much. Not many books can create this kind of reaction.