Review: My Best Everything

My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp: You say it was all meant to be. You and me. The way we met. Our secrets in the woods. Even the way it all exploded. It was simply a matter of fate.

Maybe if you were here to tell me again, to explain it one more time, then maybe I wouldn’t feel so uncertain. But I’m going back to the beginning on my own. To see what happened and why.

Luisa “Lulu” Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.

Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (definitely illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends, Roni and Bucky. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, Lulu turns to Mason: a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything – including her heart?

The summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating. My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason – though is it an apology, a good-bye, or a love letter?

Lori's thoughts: This is such a cleverly written book. It's different. It's a slow burn romance between two completely different people. I fell in love with the characters. Poor, broken-on-the-mend Mason. And delightfully determined Skip-to-my-Lulu. This is a story about a seventeen-year-old good girl who's got her heart set on getting out of small town, backwoodsy Virginia and is determined to get to college in San Diego... in spite of the odds that are stacked against her from the beginning.

This is a clean book. Not a lot of swearing. Some swoonworthy kissing and some lawbreaking by well-intentioned, unlikely law breakers. The cast of characters are perfectly meshed together.

I stayed up far too late reading last night because I could not put the book down. I had to find out what happened. The ending was satisfactory. We learn why the entire book is written as a letter to Mason. I loved the concept. But, now, I hunger for more adventures from the crew!

Bravo Ms. Tomp. Bravo! This will go down as one of my favorites for 2015!

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