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The Best Thing

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  17,456 ratings  ·  2,023 reviews
Some things are easily forgiven. Other things… not so much.

Lenny DeMaio made herself a promise: she was done.

Done thinking about him.

Done worrying about him.

Done reaching out to a man who clearly didn’t want to be found.

Too bad no one gave Jonah Collins the memo.
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published August 7th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3.5 - 4 Stars
***Make sure you check out an important note I bolded further down***

Well. This book made me cry at the end. Which is a big deal. Because I RARELY cry. And I even more rarely admit to it.

So there’s that.

As all Zapata readers know, her books are slow. Super slow. And this one was VERY slow. Even more slow than usual, in my opinion. Certain things are very dragged out. Some dialogue and scenes felt superfluous...and endlessly meandering. Without purpose.

In fact, I was actually con
shre ♡
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
mariana zapata could write a 9000 page fanfiction based on peppa pig and i would read it.

there is nothing this woman puts out that i would not put on a pedestal and worship.

READ: 08/14/2019


"Do what you have to do to be happy, okay? No one else is going to do it for you."

she's done it again ladies and gays. ms. mariana zapata never fails to satisfy. she also somehow manages to successfully write every trope she decides to tackle with perfection? i have too many emotions right now so
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

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Mariana Zapata is the queen of slow burn romances and as soon as she releases a book, I read it. I was so excited to read The Best Thing. I fell in love with Lenny and Grandpa Gus when I read Luna and the Lie so I was sure I would love this story. I did. I loved it so much. It hit me more in the feels than any other book by this author. I swear, that epilogue... I sobbed. There was some intense ugly crying going on.

As much as I loved this book, this review is going to be rather short
Spoiler free review

The Best Thing almost felt like it was written just for me. It was as close to perfect as it gets in regards to my taste.

I'm not kidding. The tropes, one is a secret one and can't be revealed, the characters, the story - it ALL synced with me. I was in one happy place reading this book. It's always a great indication if I read with a smile  on my face and if a book can make me laugh so hard I'm afraid I'll pee myself.

So here are all the things I loved about this book:

1) Lenny.
Geri Reads
Aug 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF @76%

Mariana Zapata's books have been on my to-be-read pile since her breakout book Kulti and Wall of Winnipeg & Me. And despite my friend's urging, I've been reticent in trying her books. For one, I find 500+ books intimidating. Two, I'm a moody reader and you guys know how that is.

But the blurb for The Best Thing hooked me right in and I knew that if I ever start a Zapata book, this would be a good choice. Plus, I was in the mood for slow burns.

Unfortunately, this one didn't quite go as exp
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
VIVA ZAPATA! In the love of the queen of the slow-burn romances, you made me fall in love with your book! I cannot help myself to put it down. I finished it but I still hold it in my hands. I’m literally cuddling! My dogs are already jealous of the book getting more attention than them  What an amazing writer you are! Arriba! Five blazing, sizzling, shining, firing stars!

First of all I raise my glass to the most amazing supporting character who stole the show : GRANDPA GUS! What a fascinating,
Aug 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: boring
Boring, repetitive, and pretty much like her other story about the auto-mechanic.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports, romance, slow-burn
I know I'm in the minority here, but this book was a total miss for me. I was annoyed from the beginning until the end. If you are familiar with Zapata then you know that she is big on family relationships, but I was bored to death... to be honest. I just don't care about reading so much about uncles, sisters, grandfathers etc in general. I want the main couple to be in the spotlight without having dozens of cousins popping out every second page.

It didn't help that every chapter started with a q
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Natasha is a Book Junkie
Don’t mind me, I’m just here sobbing my heart out and my eyes hurt and my whole body hurts and half of it is because this book is so damn BEAUTIFUL and the other half of it is because there are no more pages for me to read. Mariana Zapata has outdone herself. THE BEST THING deserves a bazillion stars.
mel ☽
no one has ever made me excited about forehead touching or hand-holding like the one and only, Mariana Zapata.

first half:
ok gotta admit, when THAT thing happened 15% in i was a little iffy because i really don't like that trope at all and i was also iffy because with all MZ books, the MCs start off as strangers/acquaintances and that's actually my favorite part in her books because as a reader, i love it when i know the exact moment the hero falls in love with the heroine, but of course, the her
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
I swear Grandpa Gus is the coolest, funniest, most caring and loving grandpa I’ve ever had the pleasure of encountering in a book. He might not be real, but his wisdoms, we all can live by them for the rest of our lives.

Lenny’s character was fascinating to me. I grew up around women/sisters, so it was refreshing to see her relationship with Grandpa Gus and Peter as well as how she manages the gym business. Jonah, being the guy who always knows how to say the right thing to melt a
bella farren
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok

I genuinely never thought I'd see the day where I didn't rate a Mariana Zapata book five stars, let alone two stars. I started reading this book the second it came out (in August of 2019) and after putting it on hold, it had sat on my kindle barely read, for nine months.

I had been in denial, convinced I was just not in the right place to be enjoying this book, but now I can confidently and sadly say this book did not live up to my MZ standards. The first 40% was, quite frankly, gruelling. It to
demi. ♡
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
❥ 5 / 5 stars

Before reading this one, I have to say that I didn’t expect anything from its story since I picked it up just because its cover caught my eye and it made me want to read it.😂

But after finishing it, I think The Best Thing is a great book one, though. It doesn’t only focus on romance but it also focus on family relationships. And that’s why I love this book. Even if the plot is mediocre but Mariana Zapata’s writing is so captivating that I decided to overlook and forget about it. I al
Tianna✸loves books✸
Blurb is vague so I went in this blind.
But the characters are from her previous book Luna and the Lie.

The book started with the heroine, Lenny, whining about the hero, Jonah, who left her or maybe they broke up or something happening. But he was suddenly MIA. She sent him ton of voice mails and text messages and notes on his apartment door. But no reply from him.

So now she HATES him but all her thoughts are about HIM.

Then all of a sudden he comes back after some 17 months. And since he came the
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

The story went flat for me at the halfway mark - - however the ending was beautiful. ⭐️
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
⭐️⭐️2.5 STARS ⭐️⭐️ (Rounded down to 2 stars)
Overall—let's start with this— I think it was a cute story.
My experience with this book is conflicted as until 13% (before the main trope is even being hinted at) I had started hating on the book. The main reasons? The juvenile characterization of the 30 years old heroine—a somehow usual trait for Zapata's heroines— and the writing that seemed to be at its repetitiveness peak—even for Zapata.

" Fuckface, deepshit, fucker, asshol
Aug 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Editor needed!

Hey guys, did you know Jonah has honey coloured eyes? No, well Lenny only mentions them 37 times. Seriously this woman had an absolute obsession with eye colour and about halfway through the book I thought about turning it into a drinking game but then I decided my liver wouldn’t be able to deal with the sheer quantity I would need to drink.

Sadly I think I’m done with Zapata’s books. I enjoyed the first few but with every new publication I realise that she only has 2 love stories
TheBibliotheque ♡
Jonah Collins said, gaze unflinching, "There's no choice, sweetheart."
It was my turn to swallow, and it had nothing to do with that dumbass term of endearment he'd used.

There's no choice either when it comes to loving a MZ. You just do.
And I did, I really did. Even if it wasn't what I was expecting and even if maybe - just maybe - I loved it slightly less than the all the rest of her books. Except for you, Locke, I still don't like you.

Oh sigh, I can't really say much more without saying too muc
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book. It made me laugh and cry, it kept me up at night. Mariana never disappoints. Her characters, no matter how small, are all so well thought out. I love the way she explores family dynamics. So good!
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

I really enjoyed this book by Mariana Zapata. I’ve read everything she’s ever written, and while I don’t always love everything, I always enjoy her work. And this book was no exception. This book started out with heavy doses of angst and halfway through went very sweet (I would prefer angst the whole way but that’s just me). By the end of the book I was crying, which is when you know you’ve read something good.

That’s it. That’s the review. Buy it and read it if you want to know more!!!
3.75 - 4 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐
I might have have to think a bit more about this book before I give my review*** or not (following that comment I just kept on typing).

This was the most different of all Mariana Zapata's books IMO (and for some reason I am finding it harder to review).

All of her books are essentially slow burns this one included but I think this might be the first one that is really more of a "second chance" love story and that would seem to create an additional obstacle - usually in a Maria
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
3.5-4 stars! Leaning towards 3.5. Though I liked Lenny and Jonah, I had a tough time connecting with them, especially Lenny. And I have to admit I didn't get into the book until halfway through, but that may have been because I've been in a slight book funk. But I DID love that Jonah is a big, 6 1/2 foot tall, soft, sweet boy with a heart of gold! And that epilogue? GOT ME SO CHOKED UP. WOW.

The slow burn queen has blessed us
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Don’t even go there.

I want refund on wastage of the 2 precious hours of my life which I could’ve spent watching the paint dry.

And WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK IS HONEY COLOURED BROWN EYES???? Are they honey coloured or are the fucking brown????
✰ Liz ✰
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: athletic-god
“You do whatever you have to do for the people you love.”


The Best Thing is the next blockbuster released by one of my all-time faves Mariana Zapata. Famous for her slow-burn romances, Mariana never fails to deliver nothing short of magic every single time I dive into one of her stories. Lenny DeMaio is determined to overcome the painful loss she has experienced in her life. With a supportive family and friends, Lenny has found joy and happiness just being with the ones she loves. When the so
Danielle Rotko
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the one and only book of hers that I have ever given less than 4 stars to. I just couldn’t connect to Lenny and Jonah :( I felt like very little was ever happening between them, and not just in Mariana’s signature slow-burn way. I didn’t feel any of the spark I have come to expect from her stories.

And while it pains me to have not absolutely loved one of Mariana’s books, she’s still my # 1. You can bet I’ll be one-clicking her next one and the one after that and the one after that.

Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
i balled my eyes out at the end. another MZ perfection.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
THIS BOOK WAS SO BORING. I love Mariana Zapata's books, but I think that's because I started with her most popular (Winnipeg and Kulti). When I started this book, I was so annoyed with how redundant the story was. Literally the first 20% of this book is the main character complaining over and over and over and over again about how much she hates this guy who ghosted her for a year and a half. We figure out around that 20% mark why she was so mad at him when he shows up, but then she spends the r ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mariana Zapata Fans, Romance
4 Strength, Love, and Family Stars
* * * * Congratulations-2019 Best Romance
Semifinal Round Nominee, Review Spoiler Free

My first experience with Mariana Zapata was her book, Kulti. I was so taken by the crafting, the emotions it stimulated in me, and then the slow burn which built throughout the story. Ms. Zapata also created a way to make the family surround her characters to become a living breathing reality. True feelings were generated, nothing manipulated or heavy-handed. To this day, it is
Lau Novas
The Best Thing is a slow burn, second chance romance between a shy rugby player and a fierce ex-judoka. Although I had some issues connecting with the first half of the book, the other half was all I’m looking for when I’m reading Mariana Zapata: realistic scenes, beautiful characters and a bit of angst.

Disclaimer: I’m not going to talk about the plot because it will be a mild spoiler -you don’t discover it until the page 70-, but let’s just say I wasn’t expecting that and I’m not sure that tro
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