Published by Brown Books for Young Readers on March 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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?
I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
MY BEST EVERYTHING first showed up on my radar this past November when I attended a YALLFEST blogger hangout. The publisher, Little, Brown, so generously donated a few copies for a swag bag. I was fortunate to get a copy & am thrilled to take part in this mini blog tour with several of the other bloggers whom I had the privilege of meeting in November.
MY BEST EVERYTHING is a unique story, told by the main character, Lulu, as if she’s writing a letter and rehashing the events that took place over the summer after graduating high school. It takes place in a small town in the mountains of Virginia & stays true to the ways in which one living in a small town would spend their summer. Err…minus the moonshine.
Lulu has been looking forward to escaping the small town of Dale. She’s worked hard in school & has followed the rules set by her parents for as long as she can remember. But when she finds out the money her father has been saving for her to escape is gone, her plan to leave without a glance back vanishes. Determined to make it to San Diego where she plans to attend college, Lulu cooks up a plan to make money and fast. With the help of her best friend Roni, Roni’s boyfriend, Rusty, and the mysterious (and older) boy in town, Mason, Lulu finds herself wrapped up in the illegal world of moonshine.
I enjoyed MY BEST EVERYTHING for the changes Lulu goes through from start to finish. She takes a huge risk in the story, and tries things she never would have if it weren’t for feeling lost after finding out her chances of leaving weren’t as close as they once were. She experiences struggles with her family, friends, and with herself. The best part? We learn about it all through her own words. I love Lulu’s voice and the way in which she talks to Mason throughout the book. I felt as if I were sitting with an old friend and listening to her tell me all about her summer adventure. It’s a genuine tale and one that has a unique voice. Lulu allows us to see Mason the way she sees him and now how others see him.
Mason as a past, like everyone, but his is more difficult for someone his age. He’s a recovering alcoholic who got swept up in moonshine at a young age and whose girlfriend died in a horrific car accident. He’s got baggage and lots of it. He’s got years worth of scars that are still working on healing and then he meets Lulu. He wants nothing more to move on from his past, but would do anything for Lulu. The journey these to go on together is beautiful. I loved seeing it unfold from Lulu’s words. This book for me was a reminder that not everything works out the way you’d like it to & the journey you take to get you there is where you learn a lot about yourself and those close to you.
MY BEST EVERYTHING is more than just a story, but a beautiful letter filled with events that took place in a small town, one summer. I loved the journey it took me on. This is a book that should be on your spring reading list.
four out of five stars