ARC Review: My Best Everything7:00 AM
Title: My Best Everything
Author: Sarah Tomp
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
My Rating: 3 Stars
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 was provided an ARC copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Before reading: I've already started this multiple times, but now I'm really determined to finish it.
After reading: Okay, so I finally finished this book, and it wasn't as bad as I thought.
Lulu is a control freak. She has a plan for everything. She will study in San Diego, and leave her small town once and for all. But when her father tells her that they won't be able to provide money for her studies, she takes matters in her own hands. Together with Mason, Bucky and Roni, she starts a moonshine business that sets off a whirlwind of events. My Best Everything is told in second person point of view; Lulu's letter to Mason.
When I first started reading My Best Everything, it was really weird for me because as I said a while ago, it was told in second person point of view. However, I wasn't discouraged at first. After all, this book was one of my most anticipated 2015 books. It even made my top 15! But after a while, I just didn't feel connected to the story; nothing compelled me to read on. I also hated the Lulu told the story; how she was always saying things that would happen in the future. Couldn't she just tell things according to the timeline? I started this multiple times before finally being able to finish it now. I gotta say, once I got past the first 30% of the book, it got better.
The reason why I couldn't give this book more or less than 3 stars is while I enjoyed it enough to keep me going once I got past the first part, I felt really detached to the book. Usually, after finishing a book, it leaves me with a feeling of something, but with this one? Nada. I didn't even feel anything while reading the book. I have to applaud for the author though, for the very unique plot. It was really interesting. I wanted to see more of what would have happened in the end, but I guess it was a proper ending.
Really, I don't have much to say regarding this book. It's just nothingness. I don't even know why. It's like I want to say something more, but when I open my mouth (or in this case type), nothing comes out, no matter how hard I try.