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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things


"A powerful, provocative debut ... Intelligent, honest, and unsentimental." -...
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In the author's note she says she's "asking readers to suspend their everyday perceptions of morality and sympathize with flawed characters." Do you think she succeeded?

Created: 09/10/17

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pennyp

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RE: In the author's note, the author she's "asking readers to suspend their everyday perceptions of morality and sympathize with flawed characters." Do you think she succeeded?

I think this book was very powerful and at times difficult to read. The relationship between Wavy and Kellen goes against what most people believe. They were both people with a lot of problems and at first, I was hoping for another kind of ending but as the novel concluded, I was happy they had each other.


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kdowney25

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RE: In the author's note she says she's "asking readers to suspend their everyday perceptions of morality and sympathize with flawed characters." Do you think she succeeded?

Absolutely! I loved both of these characters, even though there was much of their relationship that I found very uncomfortable. The fact that Wavy was so knowledgeable about sex at her tender age, made me cringe as she became the pursuer of the sexual relationship.


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Rosieglitter

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RE: In the author's note she says she's "asking readers to suspend their everyday perceptions of morality and sympathize with flawed characters." Do you think she succeeded?

Yes, I could totally sympathize with both Wavy and Kellen. I think Wavy saw Kellen as he was on the inside and not how he was on the outsize. He protected her and took care of her when the adults in her life who were supposed to be responsible were not.


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