ARC Review: My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

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I received an ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: My Best Everything
Author: Sarah Tomp
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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?

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My Best Everything is unlike anything I’ve ever read. When I read the first page, I had some doubts, because the ingredients for moonshine are listed right there on the page. I actually read somewhere that this book is Breaking Bad for teenagers. However, as I continued reading, I discovered that My Best Everything is quite an engaging read. The book isn’t all about moonshine, it’s about a small-town girl whose father loses her college fund while gambling. The story line is very unique!

The characters in My Best Everything are really well developed. Even the minor characters, like the main character’s boss, are described in great detail. I was really impressed by this, because usually, there are one or two characters in a book that are randomly part of the story, that no one really knows anything about. In this book, each character is unique, and you will be able to learn their name and history very quickly.

In My Best Everything, the characters use the main character’s friend’s plot of land to store the moonshine. Even this tiny bit of forest is so detailed that I could easily see myself in the story, despite the fact that illegal activity was taking place. No aspect of the story is left out, it really draws the reader in.

Finally, the plot of My Best Everything is very interesting. Yes, moonshine is made, but this book is so fast-paced and will have you on the edge of your seat wondering if the characters will get caught. My Best Everything is filled with plot twists and growing danger for the characters. You will not want to put it down!

My Best Everything is the kind of book you will have to set a specific time to read. Trust me, finding a spot to put it down is a real challenge. Intrigued? Add it to your TBR right now!

 

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