Hump Day Hits: All the Ugly and Beautiful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Until now, all of my HDH posts have been books I have read over a year ago, but this is actually one I read just a few months ago in July. Before I go on, I need you to understand something: This book will make you uncomfortable. You will question yourself, your beliefs, your moral compass. And if you’re like me, you’ll know that you’re rooting for something that starts out ugly and you’ll pray that it turns into something wonderful. 

I won’t go into much detail about the synopsis other than to tell you that this is a story about a child who has no one. No one takes care of her because the adults in her life are either dealing or addicted to meth. She’s forced to grow up much sooner than any child should. When she finds someone who actually cares about her and her well-being, she clings to that; to him. I feel like it is important to give you a trigger warning here: this book contains violence, drug use, and very questionable situations involving a minor and an adult. But other than the vague information I just gave you, I would encourage you to go in blind on this one if you’re able. 

This is a book that I know will stick with me for a very long time. I read for many reasons. I read to relax. I read to better myself and keep my brain fresh.  I read to escape and not have to think about anything important. Sometimes I read to learn and sometimes I read to indulge. I read because of books like this. I can’t recommend this one highly enough. While I know everyone won’t love it as much as I did, I can guarantee that almost everyone who reads this will be moved in one way or another. If you read it by yourself, feel free to message me along the way with any and all reactions. If you buddy read it, stick to the schedule so you have someone to talk to about every crazy thought that pops into your head. It’s a doozie, y’all! 

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