The Backlist Book Club // April 2019

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the March Backlist Book Club pick tomorrow, but I wanted to make the announcement for April’s book today.

In April, we’ll be reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood.

This is a novel that first published back in August 2016. It’s been on my TBR since then and now I’m finally going to read it. It’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards and won the Book of the Month award in 2016. Have you read this one?

According to Goodreads, it’s the story of a young eight-year-old girl named Wavy who somehow gets romantically entangled with her father’s ex-con friend. My eyebrows shot up like I got caught sleeping in class. It sounds like an episode of Jerry Springer, but it can also be something beautiful between two humans. It could be one of those “love knows no age” kind of things. I mean, it’s called All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. 

A friend of mine told me that this book would stir up some really good discussions and I can imagine. A story about an eight-year-old falling in love with an adult man doesn’t sound like a romance story to me, but I’m not one to judge books by their cover and I’ll read this controversy or otherwise.

I’ll be reading this in the middle of the month and everyone’s welcome to the discussion post at the end of the month on Instagram and on the blog. Don’t forget to use #TheBacklistBookClub on social media if you’ll be following along. Will you be joining us next month?

3 thoughts on “The Backlist Book Club // April 2019

  1. You are definitely going to have good discussions! This was one of my favorites of 2016. But to note: this is absolutely not a romance. I wouldn’t even qualify it as a love story. It’s literary fiction. It illustrates the long-ranging effects of child abuse and neglect. It’s very complex and raises a lot of good questions for which there are no good answers. I’ll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts!


  2. I’m excited a new book is coming out by Greenwood, The Reckless Oath We Made. I continue to feel All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is a completely different tale based on the age of the person reading it. It truly gutted me and boy did it fire up some mothers I know!


    1. It definitely sounds like an interesting read. I’m never one to fault a book before reading it so I can’t wait to see what people are talking about

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