I average about one-of-every-six books as an 'ultimate favorite', so it gets harder as the year presses on to determine my top ten, but I can speak early in confidence that All The Ugly and Wonderful Things is one of my favorites of 2016. Its eerie, completely unique, and hauntingly fascinating. It has been difficult to explain to others as it crosses between a few genres but doesn't necessarily stand along in any as it follows a mystery and very unorthodox relationship that sounds icky but is painted so obviously it feels normal or ordinary.
From Goodreads: As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Kansas night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.
It took me a solid 36 hours to read this (forced to work and sleep, what a shame) and I truly rushed home to gulp it up when I wasn't reading it (or didn't mind taking the subway so I could get more reading in). Instantly after, I stalked the author and every review I could find on it and was shocked it isn't more well know (similar to The Truth of the Harry Quebert Affair- hi!) but I feel it will gain fall traction as its a perfect seasonal read. Thank you BOTM club for picking this or I would have never discovered it, worth every penny!
100% book hangover. Stop reading about it, and just read it. Trust me.