Title: Everything Leads to You
Author: Nina LaCour
Published: May 5th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Length: 336 pages
Source: Book Riot Subscription Box
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Just out of high school, Emi Price is a talented young set designer already beginning to thrive in the L.A. film scene. But her artistic eye has failed her in one key area: helping her to design a love life that’s more than make-believe. Then she finds a mysterious letter at an estate sale, and it sends her chasing down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life. And along the way, she finds Ava, and at long last, Emi’s own hidden life begins to bloom.
I’ve had this book for a while and never had much inclination to pick it up. I got it from a book subscription box and because it wasn’t a title I had heard of, I put it to one side to read at some point when I had read the other books that I wanted to first. Boy, how I wish I had started reading immediately!
Emi is only eighteen but she’s already a rising star in the film industry. Designing beautiful sets for the big screen, Emi and her best friend Charlotte discover a secret letter hidden in a vinyl sleeve after visiting the estate sale of a famous Western film star one afternoon. The letter sets them on a journey to find the woman it was addressed to and find out what happened between her and the movie star. What they find isn’t quite what they expected though.
Can I just take a moment to gush over how adorably sweet this novel is? It has all the warm fuzzies for you and still manages to make your heart break a little too. It’s one of those utterly beautiful love stories that just makes you want to squish the characters and tell them how adorable they’re being.
Emi obviously struggles throughout the story with her obsessive tendencies. First, she can’t get over her ex, Morgan. She’s all she thinks about and despite how poorly she was treated, Emi just wants to continue to be around Morgan. Then she meets Ava, the girl at the centre of the mystery she’s following, and she falls head over heels for her and begins to obsess over her too. It’s not in an unhealthy way, I’d like to add. Just that Emi seems to fall in love too easily and fixates on that person.
Personally, my favourite was Charlotte. She was sensible, always a good friend, and she had a brilliant humour. I still can’t believe that the girls were only eighteen when reading. It was easy to forget and I often found myself thinking the girls were well into their twenties.
Let’s not forget the movie magic dotted throughout. Emi and Charlotte are allowed to work on a small movie building the sets and finding good locations for filming. It was like a dream reading about the estate sales, the flea markets, the expensive furniture and all the ideas that Emi had to bring these places to life. It really gave a new look into the world behind the scenes of filming. I thoroughly enjoyed Emi’s thought processes and seeing her learn and grow as a designer.
While the events in the book seem so surreal, it truly was a magical read. I feel head first into this and didn’t want to come out. This book is for movie fans as well as those who love a good romance and some mystery! There’s a little something for everyone in this book and I’d highly recommend it.
About the Author
Nina LaCour grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first job was at fourteen in an independent bookstore, and she has since worked in two others. She has tutored and taught in various places, from a juvenile hall to a private college. She now teaches English at an independent high school.
Nina lives in Oakland, California with her wife and their two cute cats.
*Picture and Biography from Goodreads