Review: My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

Receiving this book from the publisher through Netgalley does not influence my opinion or my review, I promise.

I LIKED THIS BOOK. Which was a relief after pretty much hating Maybe Someday. But for the first time in awhile I read and finished a book in less than a week. This used to happen all the time when I first started blogging, but as of recently, it takes me weeks to finish a book. So that was nice.

At first, I was wary about My Best Everything because the characters are a little bit irritating. They don’t make good decisions. These characters are not role models and for some that might be hard to get around if you like to like the characters you read about.

But while the characters were irresponsible and made bad decisions, and I absolutely would not ever want to be friends with them, I did like them. Or instead I liked reading about them. Their story was one that is easy to relate to, or at least to have pity on.

Our main character, Lulu, finds out her father lost the money to pay for her education at University in San Diego, which is something she’d worked hard for and always dreamt about. She’s eager to escape her Podunk little town in Virginia and to finally live her life independently in California, so when she gets desperate to make the money herself, she steals a still from the junkyard where she works and she and her friends cook up a plan to start selling moonshine.

Which is obviously not the greatest idea ever. I mean, it’s illegal and if she gets caught then, well, bye bye San Diego. So clearly, she didn’t think this through. Or, maybe, at this point she was so desperate, she didn’t even care about the possible consequences.

Lulu’s got a lot of problems. She’s impatient, reckless, inconsiderate, and selfish, but she’s not flat or boring and she has quite the story to tell.

Which leads to how the book is formatted: Lulu is writing a letter to Mason, a boy who she recruits to help her on her mission to sell moonshine (even though this is not good for him at all and UGH. Gosh Lulu), and recounting what happened that summer.

I liked this format because it was easy to read and it had a bittersweet tone, which is often accompanied by humor. I really loved that we get insight to Lulu’s feelings about the events that happened, as she reflects on what she regrets and how she felt. It made Lulu more real, and it made it easier to understand where she’s coming from. It was a very personal point of view. However, she addresses Mason throughout the letter by writing in 2nd person, “you,” and it is a bit weird, but not bad.

Overall, this book was sweet, sad, and funny, and it was a very easy and enjoyable read. The ending was warm and gave me lots of feels, and I’m so glad I gave it a chance. The highlight of this book (for me) is the way the characters are so human and flawed, and that’s okay.

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This book left me wanting more but feeling happy and warm.

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