My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp
ARC Received by Edelweiss
My Best Everything is a freaking-adorable-sad-real story of love and acceptance. Lulu is a small town girl that is working her butt off before the start of her new life, outside of her small town in Virginia. She is the quintessential small town girl, ready for a new life out in a big city, that will not keep her in a rut such as pregnancy and minimum wage jobs for the rest of her life. This was not meant to be a love story, because when Mason walks into her life he ultimately picks up the role “means to an end.” With all her plans looking like they are in shambles, Lulu must figure out a way to create a path for herself, and perhaps making Moonshine is illegal, and perhaps Lulu would have cared before she ran out of options, but now Lulu knows that she will do anything for her dreams to come true.
During the hot summer nights she spends her time with Mason and a couple of friends creating some bootlegging masterpieces and selling them for profit. In the hot suppressing heat of Virginia Lulu also manages to lose her heart to Mason, someone folks might say is a bad egg. He’s been to jail, his girlfriend died a few years ago, he’s known to party hard, and he’s intimidating. Granted Mason is trying. He’s trying to get out of the family business of bootlegging , he’s trying to stay sober, and he’s trying to learn to accept himself. Mason and Lulu and going to clash and what results is a summer full of fun, love, confusion, and ultimately criminal repercussion—because when you start selling illegal things you might step on the wrong person’s turf.
I loved that this was Lulu’s letter to Mason, and I love the message at the end. I have to say a fell for Mason, and completely understood him and his journey. Life sometimes keeps you down, and the people around you can help and hinder you, but ultimately it is your decision what path you might take. I hope there is another book, perhaps Mason’s answer to Lulu’s letter?
4 out of 5 stars. Thanks Edelweiss.