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.
However, if you've read Luna and The Lie, you'll see Luna again!
It was different from her usual in that it was a second chance romance which was fun but the way it was executed was... I dunno. It lacked the usual slow burn of Zapata, for Lenny while furious with Jonah and determined to hate him, was also clearly in love with him and he with her.
It was like the beginning featured a whole load of creative mental insults with outward displays of maturity and then the reason behind the estrangement was sorted out and they were moving towards each other with the reunion absolutely inevitable with no major pitfalls or hiccups.
It resulted in the addition of random side plots (ex-friend and estranged grandmother) to create any kind of tension.
It sounds like it was all bad but it wasn't!
Lenny and her grandpa Gus made me laugh and giggle snort while reading the book in public.
Their relationship was unusual and absolutely awesome. A non-standard family filled with so much love.
Jonah was a decent guy, a rugby player, and big, strong, solid type and not just physically... He's the type you can hold onto when the storm hits. He owned his mistakes, went after his girl and stepped up to the plate - all in - when he realised just how big his mistake was.
The epilogue actually brought tears to my eyes - a first for Zapata - and really captured the whole feel of this book for me. The Best Thing isn't so much about Lenny and Jonah and them coming together as it is a book about family in all its weird and wonderful forms.
While I enjoyed it, it's not one I'm going to re-read and fangirl over.
“I knew it was a shitty idea to click on the link on my home screen. But I did it anyway. Because as I’d learned over the course of my life, I liked pissing myself off.”
“It changes the way you see things and people when you get teased for being yourself, like you’ve got some other choice in the matter.”