All the Ugly and Wonderful Things | 2020 #5

This book (our February pick for book club) was a ride. When we were going about choosing a book for February for a Valentine’s Day themed book club, we sought out a romance. What we ended up with was a book that talked about love in all forms – self, familial, relational, right, wrong, etc. – but it sure wasn’t the romance we all were looking for.

It’s hard to describe the plot without giving much away or inherently giving bias. If you’re interested, I’d recommend reading the plot on Amazon as they do a much better job than I do with these things. If you’re even remotely interested, I’d recommend it.

Overall, I’m glad I read it. It opened my eyes to different perspectives, backgrounds, and dilemmas. The book was very hard to read at times because of how deeply I cared about the decisions that were being made. I simultaneously understood and couldn’t comprehend every motive and plot line. I will say, however, that I had to get past a few things I didn’t want to get past in order to feel this way.

This book was incredibly divisive in our group – many gave it 8 or 9 stars, while others gave it 1 or 2. Either way, all of us could agree that this book left us feeling things and seeking answers and discussion with ourselves and others.

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