All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
At 346 pages of highly controversial material, it is lovely and heartbreaking, sickening, devastating, yet sweet and perhaps one of the most "real" fiction books I’ve read in a while. The fact that it is told from the eyes of a smart but damaged beauty of a child gives it an almost slow, dream-like quality—like Karen Carpenter’s voice or the sound of a violin. This book gets the heroes and the villains all twisted up in a cozy way like a ball of chenille yarn, not one that will make a sweater, but one destined to get tangled up beyond repair. A heavy read and one that you won’t see where it’s going until it’s there and the outcome even more beyond where it was in the beginning. It’s a sort of Lolita story all wrapped up in meadows and stars, motorcycles and drugs. An unconventional family that gets even more unconventional, a book that makes you feel, while at the same time throws all your feelings for a loop, a soaring rollercoaster that stops in a strange place. It makes you all at once feel sorry for the little fragile porcelain doll of girl, Wavy, but also at times makes you remember the strangeness and stillness of being a child when time would sometimes stand still at just the right moments and minutes felt like hours in all the best ways. This is book is beautifully written for most of it, but absolutely disturbing. It’s a reality TV soap opera, written to read more like a symphony, full of tragedy and love.
Christmas songs soundtrack:
“Merry Christmas Darling” by the Carpenters
“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” by The Ramones