book report / the opposite of everyone & all the ugly and wonderful things




The Opposite of Everyone by Joshlyn Jackson

This is a story about a tough divorce lawyer with a troubled past is forced to revisit her childhood when she discovers her estranged mother is probably dead and may have left another child behind. I like books who have strong heroines that don’t take any BS. This book has it, she is damaged but also tough and competent.

The topic of Hindu mythology was interesting and was something I’ve never read before, so it kept me going and interested.

Memorable Quotes:

“If you live a life shaped like a loaded gun, your kid is going to come along and shoot it”

“How the tales we tell connect us, break us, and define us, and how the endings and beginnings we choose can destroy us or make us whole”

“I’m very interested in the concept of how you make home, how you get it, and how you fight for it, and how you keep it” (author’s interview)





All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

This book is both ugly and wonderful, definitely not for everyone.  I felt uncomfortable for most of the novel, the subject matter is very controversial.

A story about dark tale of childhood, family and abuse. While the story was uncomfortable, sad and disturbing.., it was also written well so I kept reading because I wanted to find out what would happen next. At times, I couldn’t decide how I should feel about any of it.  I loved the multiple narrators in this story, at least 5 different narrators. I feel that reading all sides of this story has given me more compassion for those I truly know nothing about. One of the most unique love stories I’ve ever read.

I can see why this book was Book Of The Month Club’s 2016 book of the year.


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