There hasn't been anything Mariana Zapata has written that I haven't enjoyed reading. "The Best Thing" is no exception.
The beginning of this book got me a little confused, because you're just dropped in the middle of Lenny's day without much explanation to who is who or what the issues are. There are some surprises that I didn't see coming AT ALL. So read it paying attention!
As usual, we dive deep into the narrator's mind as Lenny guides us through her thoughts and possible reasons behind her actions. Abandonment issues and doubts about deserving to be loved are recurrent themes in Zapata's books, as well as deep and complex family relations.
Lenny is a judo athlete who manages Maio House, her grandpa Gus' gym. Jonah is a rugby player she met in France 17 months ago. I'll leave the plot at that. The surprises that come along the way are worth waiting for. If you've read "Luna and the Lie", you'll remember Luna, who appears in " The Best Thing" as Lenny's best friend.
One aspect that surprised me was the epilogue. I can only say it was unusual un terms of time passed. And with that small detail, which I hope will not spoil anything, I'll leave you my recommendation for this fabulous book. The editing is impeccable. There isn't a single misplaced letter, typo, or grammar mistake. I'm mentioning that because many books on Kindle, especially in the Romance genre, are published full of mistakes. Kudos to Zapata's editor and proof reader!
This book was an amazing read! Mariana's style captivates me a lot because I can see the care with which she builds the characters and how she works their plot, and of course the presence of characters from previous books is also a bonus point in the narrative. The couple Jonah and Lenny puzzled me at first, I confess that in the first chapters I had already "figured out" what would be the main topic between the couple, but this never took my desire to read further, though I wasn't sure if I would cling to them. However, as I read, I understood that we had to get to know them gradually to understand their motivations. The slow burn was fantastic, I think Mariana works with mastery at this point. The details in the final part and epilogue were very charming, I felt attached to the DeMaio family. I wanted to point out that I found it interesting how she explored sensitive topics and how she conducted the outcome of the story. Another book from her that was very good and as I am a fan of the author, I'm waiting to see which story she will want to tell us!
-- Este livro foi uma leitura surpreendente! O estilo da Mariana me cativa muito pois consigo ver o cuidado com que ela constrói os personagens e como ela trabalha o enredo deles, e claro a presença de personagens de livros anteriores também é um ponto bônus na narrativa. O casal Jonah e Lenny me deixou intrigada no começo, confesso que nos primeiros capítulos eu já tinha "desvendado" qual seria o tópico principal entre o casal, mas isso em nenhum momento tirou minha vontade de ler mais, apesar disso eu não tinha certeza se eu iria me apegar a eles. Porém, com o decorrer da leitura entendi que tínhamos que conhecê-los aos poucos para entender suas motivações. O slow burn foi fantástico, acho que Mariana trabalha com maestria nesse ponto. Os detalhes na parte final e epílogo foram muito encantadores, eu me senti apegada a família DeMaio. Queria ressaltar que achei interessante como ela explorou temas sensíveis e como conduziu o desfecho da história. Mais um livro dela que foi muito bom e como sou fã da autora, fico no aguardado para ver qual história ela vai querer nos contar!
Assim como aconteceu em "From Lukov with Love", os personagens são bem construídos mas nada acontece de verdade na história. É bem arrastada e repleta de pensamentos da protagonista. Ela divaga tanto que, às vezes, até esquecemos do que estava acontecendo no momento. Amo as histórias da autora, mas é a segunda vez que acho um de seus livros meio arrastado.
Every book that Mariana Zapata writes is great for me, this one was no exception! It was in fact beyond great.. Slow burn, funny as ever with wonderful characters I couldn’t put down! We get to know Lenny and her hilarious and beautiful family and Him... Well, you just have to read! Perfect written, your heart will be smiling or cursing or crying, passing through all emotions. Crying with happy tears for me was the perfect book!!!
I read all Zapata’s books and this one is one of my favorite (I always say the same thing when I finish any of her books), I laughed so much with The Best Thing and it was impossible to don’t cry with the last chapter.