“Written as Lulu’s letter to Mason, this is an impressive debut of last summers and first loves, set against the backdrop of faded rural grandeur. Suggest to fans of Sarah Dessen looking for tough-as-nails heroines, enduring friendships, and romance with a side of grit.” ~ BOOKLIST
” …readers will race to turn the pages as it becomes apparent that Lulu’s gamble may result in the destruction of the people she cares about the most. A wholly original and most satisfying debut.” ~ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Lulu Mendez longs to leave behind her small Virginia town and her job at the local junkyard in favor of sunny California and college life. So when her father loses her tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out—fast.
Desperate for funds, she and her friends cook up a scheme to make and sell moonshine—the homemade, high-profit, and highly illegal alcohol that surfaces every now and then at parties and bars. Looking for a guide into this secret world, they turn to Mason, a boy with a troubled past and the skills to go with it. With Mason’s know-how and Lulu’s determination, the plan just might work.
Except Lulu never planned to fall for a boy with no future. And as the summer burns on and danger closes in, Lulu realizes that getting everything she always wanted might mean losing more than she can stand.
My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason—but is it an apology, a good-bye, or a love letter?
March 3, 2015
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Young Adult Novel
RED, WHITE, AND BLUE GOOD-BYE
By Sarah Wones Tomp, Illustrated by Ann Barrow
Walker Books for Young Readers
From School Library Journal:
“…Tomp’s book, while still warm and fuzzy, adds a main character with gumption. She hides her daddy’s boondocker boots, necessary for working on the ship’s deck, hoping that will keep him home…”
“…The softly colored watercolor-and-pencil illustrations show the family’s preparations and enhance the gentle moments that father and daughter spend together in this tender, well-paced story that acknowledges the sadness of saying good-bye…”
“Parents looking for ways to reassure children about extended separations will appreciate a serviceable portrayal of a difficult situation…
“Going Clamming.” Highlights Magazine for Children. Read it here.