One of the great things about YA is how it can draw inspiration from anything and anywhere -- including moonshine-making, small-town Appalachia à la Moonshiners (Discovery Channel).
Here's the official word on My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp:
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 I wouldn’t feel so uncertain. But I’m going back to the beginning on my own. To see what happened and why.
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 ticket out.
Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (definitely illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends, Roni and Bucky. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, Lulu turns to Mason: a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything – including her heart?
The summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating. My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason – though is it an apology, a good-bye, or a love letter?
Can't wait until its release date (March 3rd) to read this book? You're in luck; check out this exclusive excerpt below!
About the Author:
Sarah Tomp lives in San Diego, CA, but she went to high school in western Virginia, which was the inspiration for the the novel. Sarah has never made moonshine, but she has tasted it. And she and her friends were once circled by men with shotguns in the woods, who she suspected didn’t want them discovering their illegal still. When Sarah's kids started watching Moonshiners on the Discovery Channel and asked her “Is that what it’s like in Virginia?” her mind started to wander. What if…
My Best Everything will be available on March 3rd.