Wednesday, February 18, 2015
My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp (Book Review)
About the book-
An Appalachian summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating in this debut novel about first loves, broken hearts, and moonshine.
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 (illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends. Quickly realizing they're out of their depth, they turn 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?
My Best Everything is Lulu's letter to Mason--but it a love letter, an apology, or a good-bye?
The premise of this book sounded so interesting to me. Just from the plot synopsis I felt so bad for this girl having to desperately think of a way to earn money for college because the money her father had set aside, he loses. I wondered why she didn't just get a traditional job, but as I read the book I learned she already had a job and the reason she needed to do what she decides to do is because she does not have much time until it is time to pay for and start college. It was interesting to see this good girl get desperate and turn into a bad girl of sorts, or at least a girl she never saw herself becoming. I do still wonder why she wouldn't have thought to maybe check into student loans, but that wouldn't have made for a good book. Lulu turns to Mason to learn the ropes of making moonshine and, of course, falls head over heels. He is the brooding bad guy, but secretly sensitive good guy that I usually like in a novel. Mason helps Lulu and her two best friends in their business venture. There are times when things are not going well and times when things a get a little scary. The whole book has a somber tone (not a bad thing) and the writing is good. I think the ending is left a little vague, but I am sure that is the author's intent. I have never been one to want to imagine what the story ended like, I want to be flat out told so I know for sure, so I wasn't a fan of the open ended conclusion. This was an interesting young adult novel that I think most YA fans will enjoy. It is definitely a different storyline than what one might be used to seeing and for that alone I think it is a worth a read.
My Best Everything will be available on March 3. You can pre-order it on Amazon.com.