Monday, January 1, 2018

Back Jacket Hack-Job #24 - All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Happy 2018! I hope you are all recovered from a night of celebration. I partied like the old adult that I am by staying home and playing a game with my husband and daughter. It was a new game she got for Christmas called Dicecapades, and it was a lot of fun. Now I’m trying to stay warm and not fall behind on the very first day of the year.

I get to kick this year off with another installment of our Back Jacket Hack-Job. Since 2017 was a year of extreme controversy, I figured I’d take a hack at the most controversial book I read last year—ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood. I’ll start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. So much so I convinced my book club to make it our next read because I REALLY want to talk about it. This book stirred up a lot of emotions and questions and I love a book that can do that.

If you haven’t checked it out yet and can read with an open mind, you should definitely pick up a copy.

Now, on with the hack . . .

Hey. I’m Kellen. It’s Wavy who should tell you about this book, but she don’t like to talk much so I’ll do it.

Like the title says, it’s about all the ugly and wonderful things in Wavy’s life. There’s a lot of ugly, that’s for sure. Wavy’s parents are the ugliest. They don’t care about Wavy at all. They only care about their drugs and alcohol and beating the shit out of each other. And then there’s Wavy’s aunt. She doesn’t know she’s being ugly. She thinks she’s doing her best. And maybe she is, but I’d say her best isn’t so pretty.

With all that ugly I try to show Wavy not everything is so bad. But I guess I’m pretty ugly too. At least that’s what I’ve been told all my life. Some people tell me I’m ugly because I like little girls. But I don’t. I just like Wavy.

So anyway, like I said, there’s a lot of ugly. So what’s wonderful?



Cheryl Oreglia said...

Okay, you’ve convinced me Carrie! All the Ulgy and Wonderful Things will top my 2018 list of good reads. Did your book club pick it up? Hope the discussion was riveting. Great post and here’s to many more. May 2018 be a year of blessings and good cheer. 🎉

Jonathan Schramm said...

That sounds wonderfully ugly, especially the beating the shit out of each other part. Sounds like a good read. Nice Hack!

Carrie Beckort said...

My book club did pick it up! It's our next book to discuss. It was very much a book where most of the time I was just asking myself, "Am I OK with this??"

Carrie Beckort said...

Yes, wonderfully ugly is a good way to describe it.

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