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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 ticke
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Published March 3rd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2015)
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Jaime Arkin
“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 it wouldn’t feel so uncertain. But I’m going back to the beginning on my own. To see what happened and why.”

My Best Everything appeared on my radar when I was standing outside the entry at ALA this year waiting to go in… the cover caught my attention and so I pulled i
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Elyse Walters
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-young-adult
In the small town of Southwestern Virgina -Lulu has just completed her senior year of High School.
She's been accepted to UC San Diego in California. She has dreams of going into research to develop cures for unusual disease.
In a town where many kids aren't interested in leaving -or going to college - a town where drinking underage is common -with plans of getting married soon after High School -- Lulu's parents have been telling her from the time she was a little girl --to study hard, get top g
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Morris
It is going to be really difficult to describe just how much I love “My Best Everything” and what makes it amazing, but I am going to give it a try.

At its heart it is a coming of age story and a romance, and one that uses some of the standard tropes, but somehow manages to turn them around and make them into something completely different. You have the bad boy, a common staple of romances, but he is not at all typical and by chapter ten you know his story is not what you think it will be. There
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Erin Lynn
I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp is as sweet as molasses when it comes to the plot, friendships, and romance, but I felt like it lacked that little extra kick to get drunk on and make it a superb book for me. While the book is not as great as I was expecting, it's a wonderful debut novel that will leave readers begging for more from Ms. Tomp. It's one of those books that you'll want to read on vacation or at the beach.

I really
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Margie aka The Bumble Girl
This is one of those quirky stories that you need to read in one sitting. It's one that you need to slowly let yourself fall into, have a look around, and let it unfold as it needs to in order for you to fully understand it. It is one of a kind. And truly worth the time to get to know.

Lulu is a good girl counting down the days of leaving it all behind and starting a fresh new life in college. For her last summer in her small town, she plans on working at the junkyard and hanging out with her bes
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Jen Ryland
My Best Everything is a quirky, moving coming of age story that takes place in a small town. It has some narrative aspects that could be hit or miss for some readers, but I found it with compelling and different.

Lulu's just graduated from high school and is more than ready to leave her small town and head to California, where she hopes to study science. But when her father confesses that he's lost her college fund in a bad investment, Lulu's devastated. The last thing she wants is to get stuck i
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Tamara
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Best Everything is…the best. Truly. Sarah Tomp has written a love - adventure - coming of age story that aches with authenticity. It is smart and passionate and gorgeous. It is that rare book that is both classic in its feel and very contemporary too. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Sarah Tomp
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
After several hundred reads of this story, I've decided this book is, in fact, my own best everything. Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to read and comment on this story I cooked up!
Heidi
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars: A love letter written to a lost love that recounts the highs and lows of falling in love over a life changing summer.

Luisa "Lulu" Mendez is anxious for summer to be over so she can finally be free of her small home town. Dale is a town sequestered away in the Appalachians. It is a place where everyone knows your secrets, and a spot where moonshine flows. Lulu's dreams are pulled out from underneath her when her father tells her that the money for her college education is gone. Fate s
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Rebecca
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley, ya
4 Unique and interesting stars!

Arc generously provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Best Everything is one of those books you are either going to love or hate... I don't think there will be much middle ground. At least that is my humble opinion.

My Best Everything is about Lulu, a young girl who just graduated from high school and can't wait to leave her small town life behind for college. Lulu is a girl who has always played by the rules with one goal in mind.... leave Dale
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Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
I was provided an ARC copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley. For more reviews like this one, visit Divergent Gryffindor.

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 abl
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Roxanne
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ya
Thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest review.


Uh oh, I was really loving this book until the very end, unfortunately. Damn, I hate it when that happens! So frustrating!

Despite that, there were a ton of great things about Sarah Tomp's debut. The writing style was very different, but that is a big part of what kept me reading. Being written in the second person was a little confusing at times, but I found that I needed to kn
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Olivia
Nov 19, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Don't know too much about the premise about the book, but my friend's mom wrote it so I will definitely be picking this one up :)
Joy Sallegue
I don't often get books from NetGalley because getting ARCs usually means deadlines. But My Best Everything 's cover easily grabbed my attention and when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to request it. I'm glad I did.

There's so much to love about Sarah Tomp's amazing debut novel and of course, the best way to do this review is with a list!

6 Reasons I Love My Best Everything

1. The plot is different, fresh, and compelling.
My Best Everything's plot is not one you usually see in Young Adult novels
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Veronica of V's Reads
This is an excellent coming-of-age YA story that is light on the romance and heavy on the message.

At first I was struck by the narration. The MC, Lulu Mendez, addresses a "you" in her constant speech. At first I wasn't sure if I'd fallen into that elusive "2nd Person" narrative, but I quickly recognized the book is written as if it's a letter, or communication, to another character in the book, Mason Malone. This immediately upped the tension for me, because it was clear that here was a separati
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)

(This review is a lot more formal than my regular reviews)


Having lived in a small town her whole life, Luisa ‘Lulu’ Mendez is desperate to escape. She has plans of going to the University of San Diego, or as far away from stuffy Dale, Virginia, as possible.
But when her father tells her that they can’t afford to send her to college, Lulu refuses to let her dream die. Along with her friends, Bucky and Roni, she hatches an illegal plan to make and sell moonshine with a ‘borrowed’ still from the j
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Anna
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lulu Mendez has always counted on the fact that her parents would pay for her college tuition. So when after graduation she finds out that her Dad has made a risky investment and lost the money they would have used for her tuition, Lulu is desparate for a way to make money and finally get out of town. When an unused copper still for making moonshine comes into the junkyard where she and her friend Roni work, to be left there in storage, it feels like a sign. Lulu convinces Roni and Roni's boyfri ...more
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
This was originally featured on Such a Novel Idea.

I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my review in any way.

I was really intrigued by this book; a young girl who loses all her options to get out of a small town and go to college begins a moonshine operation. I mean, COME ON! That’s just hilarious and screams “READ ME NOW”.

Obviously, I’m glad the book yelled at me to read it, because it was an enjoyable journey. I saw this as a you
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Melannie :)

Unexpected. Brilliant. There are quite a few adjectives that come to mind after reading 'My Best Everything' but I don't plan on writing them all and use all my space. Instead I want to tell you how amazing this story will make you feel.

Lulu's idea of selling moonshine to furnish her way to college. She is a smart girl in a small town; we've seen it before, right? Not like this. Never like this. Because Lulu is about to find out she is smart, but not in the way she always thought.

So she enlists
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Lori Clark
This is such a cleverly written book. It's different. It's a slow burn romance between two completely different people. I fell in love with the characters. Poor, broken-on-the-mend Mason. And delightfully determined Skip-to-my-Lulu. This is a story about a seventeen-year-old good girl who's got her heart set on getting out of small town, backwoodsy Virginia and is determined to get to college in San Diego... in spite of the odds that are stacked against her from the beginning.

This is a clean bo
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Fari
Feb 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc, dnf
DNF.

This didn't hold my attention. Also, it kept reminding me of Stolen: A Letter to My Captor and instead of paying attention to this story, my attention kept slipping and I kept thinking about Stolen. It's really not a good thing if you're reading one book but keep on thinking about another. *sigh* Perhaps I'll try this one again later but putting this down now.
Sara Grochowski
When I think about the fact that I almost missed this book, my stomach does an unhappy flip. So, I suppose the best way to start this off is by saying that this book needs to be on your radar. It isn't an issues book and it isn't particularly easy to read the description and say 'if you like X you'll love this book too,' but, if you love beautifully written, sincere contemporary YA fiction, My Best Everything is for you.

Sarah Tomp's debut is an epistolary novel and I can't imagine a better forma
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Trista
Luisa "Lulu" Mendez has just graduated high school and plans on going off to university, never looking back at the school town she grew up in. Then her father loses her tuition money and it looks like she'll be stuck. Lulu refuses to give up on her dream and, along with her friends Bucky and Roni, comes up with the idea to make and sell moonshine. It won't be easy so they enlist the help of Mason, a local boy who's family is in the moonshine business. It looks like the plan is going to work but ...more
cyborgcinderella
Jun 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really did not like this book at all.

The whole tone of the book was incredibly sad. Everything just felt tainted by sadness and I just didn't feel good while reading this book. The story itself wasn't even that sad, but the way the story was told and the narration just made for such an upsetting read. I just couldn't enjoy reading this book.

I also really did not like the main character. I found Lulu to be really obnoxious and incredibly immature and it was just so obvious that she had no ide
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Michelle
3.5

Sarah Tomp's My Best Everything hit me in the feels. For Tomp and My Best Everything, I had to let my feelings settle and relax. I had to fully embrace all the emotions that overtook me. I related in a way that surprised me.

My Best Everything follows the life of Luisa Mendez, affectionately Lulu. Lulu has dreams and aspirations to be something more than what's available in her small Virginia town. She has goals to get out-of-town and escape to San Diego, where she'll attend school and become
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Beth  (YA Books Central)
The first thing that drew my attention to this book ...was the cover. The cover is simple, colorful, and fits the book perfect. My Best Everything is a YA contemporary coming-of-age story about a young girl facing real-life issues and the consequences that occur with the choices she makes. In My Best Everything...the characters begin to realize that you define your future by the choices you make.

Luisa "Lulu" Mendez is a high school graduate that has had her life planned out since she was a young
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Melanie
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Thank you.****

A coming-of-age story about fate and fixing wrong choices. My Best Everything is a moving story that will take you on a spin about falling in love, finding yourself and following your heart.

The book is written in second person past. She is retelling the story to Mason, but we don’t know what happened to them until the end. But she begins warning us that she’s telling the story again to understand why t
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Olivia (The Candid Cover)
I received an ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Best Everything is unlike anything I’ve ever read. When I read the first page, I had some doubts, because the ingredients for moonshine are listed right there on the page. I actually read somewhere that this book is Breaking Bad for teenagers. However, as I continued reading, I discovered that My Best Everything is quite an engaging read. The book isn’t all about moonshine, it’s about a small-town girl whose father loses her c
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Tehteh
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SPOILER ALERT: I have ending complaints that I can't keep in

When I saw My Best Everyhing on Netgalley, where I get the vast majority of my books, I was instantly drawn to it. Not by the cover, I don't think it is that exceptional. but by the blurb itself. Amd I did really enjoy the book but...well, let me explain the plot and then we'll get to that.

Lulu has just finished high school. She has a mentally ill mother and a mostly absent father. She was always taught that she was too good and intel
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Sharon
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

Lulu and best friend Roni work at Sal's Salvage, but they have their sights set much higher. Having just graduated from high school, this is the last summer at home before Lulu leaves for college in California. As a self described good girl, Lulu has never really been exposed to the illegal side of life in her small town. One night of drinking and talking with Ma
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Sarah Tomp lives, writes, and reads in San Diego, CA.

She has a MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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