Title: Everything Leads to You
Author: Nina LaCour
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication date: May 15, 2014
Summary (via Goodreads): A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.
I loved this book. It was utter perfection. If you’re looking for a cute, slow burn love story, a f/f romance, etc., I highly suggest you read this book. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
I’d gotten this book from the library before, and didn’t have time to read it. When I saw it on the list for #ReadProud, I was super excited to finally cross it off my TBR list. I’m upset that I didn’t read this book sooner, before it was so good. I pretty much loved all the characters in this book: Emi, Charlotte, Ava, Jamal, Toby (even though you don’t see him much), Emi’s parents, etc. There were only a couple characters I didn’t like, for reasons you’ll see if you read this book.
Emi was a fantastic main character; I adored her. The book mostly takes place in the summertime, which allows us to see Emi’s super amazing job as a set designer. I loved seeing all the little details, like shopping at Goodwill, going to garage/estate sales, etc. They really helped sell the authenticity of the job, in my opinion.
Another character that I loved was Ava. Her life, and backstory, leapt off the page. My heart hurt for everything she had to endure. There was a bit of a mysterious aspect to this book, which I thought was nice. You slowly learn more and more until you have most of the picture presented to you by the end of the book. There were still some questions left unanswered, but I thought that was a good metaphor for life: you don’t always get answers to everything you want to know.
I loved the slow burn romance, and the perfect ending to this beautiful story. I say yes to this book. I need to buy a copy ASAP to read over and over again. I only made note of one line that I really liked: “And I understand what this is. It’s the opposite of the collapse of the fantasy. It’s what happens when the illusion pales in comparison to the truth.”
Final note: I will push this one on people constantly, because it was such an amazing book! I’m so glad I finally got around to reading this book for the #ReadProud challenge this month. Get yourself a copy ASAP if you haven’t read this yet!