emi and ava

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Currently reading; Everything leads to you by Nina LaCour 

“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.”

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don’t you want to kiss me? - a mix of songs that would be the soundtrack to emi and ava’s story

“remember about death and suffering and the complexities of living. remember what it is like to love someone. remember how it is to be loved. remember what you feel in this moment. remember this. remember this.”

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Everything Leads To You  by Nina LaCour

romance • contemporary • stand alone • 4/5 stars

This book surprised me. Everyone has their tastes, and in general, LaCour’s writing doesn’t run to mine. There’s not a lot of subtlety in her short, declarative sentences or her matter-of-fact imagery, and contemporary romance is a genre I can usually stand to ignore. Other reviews promised a mystery, and there isn’t much of one. By the end of Everything Leads To You, none of that mattered as much as the feeling that I’d just read a story I’d spent years waiting to find. This is the book I wish I’d read in middle school: a positive romance between two young women who lead full lives and love their emerging careers. Young readers will only find positive messages here, and I think a lot of older readers will recognize something that they needed and never had.

Everything Leads To You is not a coming out story. The heroine, Emi, is perfectly comfortable with her sexuality by the time she graces the first page. We meet her as she’s reeling from her latest break-up with Morgan, her on again, off again girlfriend and first love. The blow hasn’t kept her from her work, which involves passionately scouring L.A. thrift stores and estate sales for the perfect furniture to accessorize movie sets. Even from the first page, Emi’s relationships with her supervisor Ginger, her best friend Charlotte, and her brother Toby are every bit as central to her life and the actions she takes as her feelings for Morgan.

Far from being an irritation, it’s a pleasure to watch Emi process her relationship with Morgan and gradually get over it. The two women continue to work together, and they can’t deny that they make a good team – so they move on, and remain present in each other’s lives. I never expected to see this type of situation depicted so honestly in a young adult book, and I completely loved it.

The storyline also allows Charlotte, Emi’s best friend, to shine. Definitely one of my favorite characters, Charlotte is an ace communicator, making her an excellent production assistant and an even better friend. She has a way of knowing what Emi needs to hear, and never shies away from saying it. This is where LaCour’s writing reveals its strength – the history between these girls is undeniable. It’s stated that Emi and Charlotte have grown up together, but I believe it because the way they work together and respond to one another’s struggles demonstrates how well they know each other.

There’s also immense value in that the main romance, between Emi and Ava, is not a first-love story. The “One True Love” paradigm is every bit as prevalent in straight YA fiction as it is in the average queer coming-out narrative, and it unfortunately shows little sign of dying out in pop culture. Any romance that subverts this damaging idea is a treasure, especially for young readers. Emi needs time to get over her first love, and she does it by throwing herself into her work and leaning on Charlotte. When she falls for Ava, it’s with the knowledge that love can end and new love can come after.

All these lovely relationships aside, the most compelling element of the story is actually Emi’s work. She’s endlessly passionate about set design. I loved every word about her creative process. I couldn’t wait to read about her favorite pieces of furniture, her color choices, and her creative ideas for transforming imperfect spaces. She makes mistakes, learns from them, and gets better at her job. Most of the relationships in the book are working ones. It’s a love story, sure, but Everything Leads To You is also a model story about being part of a creative team.

Since I loved the message of this book so much, I’m bound to tread lightly over its faults, but there were a few. LaCour is a matter-of-fact writer, and sometimes fails to create a believable feeling in lieu of simply stating its existence. There’s no suspense in the little mystery, and Emi’s feelings for Morgan and Ava are mostly taken for granted. The book is in first-person present tense, which may jar some readers. However, there’s still plenty to admire: the pacing of this easy-reading book is perfect, and the characters feel real. LaCour doesn’t waste a lot of time in anyone’s head, not even her narrator’s, but the characters are brought to life by their actions. When I read the rather bland, “Charlotte smiles because she knows,” toward the end of the book, I can picture Charlotte’s smile perfectly because I’ve gotten to know her. The sets that Emi creates feel real, too, and add a beautiful dimension to the story.

Overall, I emphatically recommend this book to young readers and to anyone looking for a happy story of two girls in love. It’s uplifting, creative, and full of good messages.

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Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Emi is a film lover 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.

Thoughts

I adore this novel. The very first thing that made me fall in love is the way films play such a huge part in Emi’s life. At just 18, she is working behind the camera as a set designer, which gives you a very different perspective on the world of filmmaking. I used to think that the actors were the real core of any film, but now I see just how much work goes into making one, even one as small as the one Emi is working on. It has made me look at films in a whole new way.

I think you can really tell when someone is passionate about something, and it is evident that Emi, and the author, really has a passion for films and everything about them. Nina LaCour really knows what she is talking about, form the descriptions of all the people working behind the camera, to all the little references to cult films that pop up throughout the book. Either she loves films just as much as Emi does, or she has done some serious research. Anyhow, as clearly as you can tell that Emi is passionate about films, you can see that the author is passionate about this book.

As you may have guessed from the synopsis, the main character is gay. Frick yeah, DIVERSITY! What I love most about Emi is that her being gay is not some big revelation. It’s not about her questioning her sexuality because she just kissed a girl. She knows exactly who she is and she is so confident about it. The book starts out with her trying to deal with a recent break up, and progresses into her falling for someone new. Seeing her become stronger and then taking the chance to fall in love again is just beautiful, and will give anybody warm fuzzies.

This is so much more than just a love story. It’s about family, identity, and breaking up. It’s about adventure, taking risks, and finding your place in the world. It flows beautifully and has so many amazing characters. I urge you to pick this up the next time you feel like reading something sweet and uplifting.

//Love from L

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Guest Post by Laura Lam

10 Diverse LGBTQIA+ YA I Really Should Have Read by Now But Will in 2016

I’ve been falling behind on reading YA in the past year, and it makes me sad. I can usually read about 2 books a week, but it still feels like I’m never making enough of a dent in the things I want to read. Now that I’m technically writing adult books for the most part, I’ve found I’ve been reading more adult SFF or crime/thriller, plus loads of research nonfiction books (here’s my Goodreads if you’re curious about my book lists). So my goal in 2016 is to read more YA again, specifically with LGBTIA+ characters.

1. Far from You by Tess Sharpe

Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?

I’ve been meaning to read this since it came out! I bought it, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Tess is awesome and this thriller sounds so up my alley. It’d also be good research book, as a book I’ve turned in recently deals a lot with addiction.

 2. Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour

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’ve heard this is basically a f/f sweet rom com in book form, which is exactly what I want. I just watched Blue is the Warmest Colour, and I want something like that but with a happier ending, so hoping this delivers *crosses fingers*.

 3. Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

 Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

 I’ve been wanting to read this for ages, as I’ve long been a fan of Scott Westerfeld’s books. I like the idea of it being told in both the MC’s voice and bits of her novel. As an author who wrote a lot as a teen (all terrible; none remotely publishable), I think it’ll be a lot of fun.

 4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sàenz

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

 Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

 I know, I know! Everyone seems to have read this book and loved it, it won all the awards, and I’m sure it’ll be (if it’s not already) a core pillar of LGBT YA. I really, really need to read it, as it sounds beautiful.

 5. The Summer Prince – Alaya Dawn Johnson

A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

 The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

 Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

 Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.

 This book came out a month after Pantomime did (the first time), so I heard a lot about it at the time, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Fururistic Brazil! Cool tech! Rebellion!

 6. Not Otherwise Specified – Hannah Moskowitz

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

 Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?

 The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

All the Bs: Ballet, bisexuality, biracial (I think?). It also looks at the prevalence of eating disorders within the ballet word. It looks so good! I should have read it yesterday.

 7.  Cam Girl – Leah Raeder

Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

 Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

 Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

 She’s got nothing left to lose.

 So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

 It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question: Can we meet IRL?

 Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that brings back a ghost from her past. Now Vada must confront the devastating secrets she’s been running from—those of others, and those she’s been keeping from herself…

 This might be technically NA instead of YA, but rules are meant to be broken, right? ;-) I read and loved Unteachable by Leah Raeder a few years ago; and this looks just as awesome. It looks at gender identity as well and it’s definitely something I’m going to read sooner rather than later.

 8. Coda – Emma Treyvane

Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem—the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid.

 Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?

 This is another one I really should have read by now. Emma Trevayne is a friend and this is so up my alley it’s not even funny. Cyberpunk yesss. It’s another one I’ve bought but haven’t opened. How? I don’t know, but I’m gonna fix it.

 9. Wildthorn – Jane Eagland

Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor’s daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself - and others - in order to be set free. And love may be the key…

Lastly, I just bought this a few days ago because it was pitched as YA Sarah Waters and really, that’s all you need to say to me before I yell “SOLD!” at the top of my lungs.


So there’s a selection of books I should have read over the last few years, but better late than never. What are some books you’ve been meaning to read but are amazed you still haven’t? What’s something you read that we shouldn’t miss?


Laura Lam is the author of the Micah Grey series: Pantomime, Shadowplay & the forthcoming Masquerade. The first two books in the series have just been re-released in ebook by Macmillan, with print to follow next year. Pantomime features a bisexual, genderfluid, and intersex character, the circus, and a hint of magic and more than a little romance. Her next book is the near-future thriller, False Hearts, out in June 2016, which features formerly conjoined twins, cults, and brain hacking.

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Femslash February #7: Emi Price/Ava Garden Wilder (Everything Leads to You by  Nina La Cour)

Yearning is a red-haired girl sitting on the hood of her silver sedan, reading about Marilyn Monroe. A cherry orchard at night, houselights in the distance. It’s the painstaking neatness of a paint-by-number sunset, a yellowed letter held between graceful fingers, a cautious step into the sun-filled lobby of a famous hotel. 


It’s the way I feel every time I think about Ava.

We know everyone loves reading on the beach, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 recommendations for the summer! All contemporary, these are the best books to read over the summer and on the beach. If you’re looking for a quick, easy summer read, check these out!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and – finally – a reunion in the city where they first met.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing. 

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love. 

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

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.

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

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Book review: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Pure fluff. Everything Leads to You is a beautifully written and wonderfully uplifting romance; it’s one of those books that you can’t even think about without cracking a smile. Unlucky-in-love set designer Emi has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to count. But when Emi and her best friend discover a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend to his illegitimate daughter, the mystery leads them to Ava, a girl unlike anyone Emi has ever met.

Everything Leads to You isn’t your typical young adult LGBTQ romance.   It’s not a coming out story, and neither the protagonist nor her love interest struggle with coming to terms with their sexuality.  I’m not criticising those stories (they’re equally as important), but it’s so refreshing to read an LGBTQ story for teenagers which doesn’t make a big deal out of the characters’ relationships and identities, especially as teenagers nowadays are so much more accepting of each other’s differences.  Yes, Emi and Ava are gay. Moving on…

Not only is it wonderful to read a young adult romance that normalises lesbian relationships, it’s also so uplifting to read a book featuring successful young adults working hard in a profession they love.  I’ve read a lot of reviews criticising Everything Leads to You on the basis that Emi’s success in landing a coveted position as head production designer for a major movie at age eighteen is unrealistic.  I disagree - teenagers do amazing things all the time. Teenagers have invented life-changing technologies and made incredible medical advancements and created entire literary genres.  Teenage success is not unrealistic, and while it’s important to remind teens that it’s okay to not have a perfect life and a dream job as soon as they graduate, it’s also so refreshing to find a novel that acknowledges that teenagers are just as capable and passionate and hardworking as adults.

I could gush forever about what makes this novel so special - Emi’s fantastic character development; Ava’s journey from poverty to stardom; LaCour’s gorgeous descriptions of film sets and posh hotel rooms and the feeling of falling in love with the right person.  If you’re looking for a light, cute summer romance, I can’t recommend Everything Leads to You enough.

Publisher: Dutton
Rating: 5 stars | ★★★★★
Review cross-posted to Goodreads

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Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Published by Dutton on 15th May 2014

Pages: 307

Genres: LGBT, YA, contemporary, romance.

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BlurbA 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.

Review: Not only does this book have one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen (I kept stopping reading just to look at it again), it’s beautiful inside as well. 

It’s a lovely, angst free, happily-ever-after fluffy love story and it felt fresh and new and like coming home all at once. This is the kind of book that you reread, just because it makes you feel happy and content all over. 

I wish there was a film of this book, because I would watch it over and over. 

It’s also a love story to production design, which wasn’t a job that I’d ever thought about before, but now I’m going to notice the sets in every film I ever watch. It’s so interesting how much thought can go into something that is literally just scenery- and it’s always nice to have a protagonist with real talent and interests, something that often gets waylaid due to plot in books. 

I just love this book so much, it has everything: secret letters and long lost families and romance and celebrities….I can’t wait until it comes out in paperback, because I can think of at least 3 people I need to buy it for. 

Wonderful.

5/5 stars

HAPPY #DIVERSITYTHURSDAY!
Nominated by: Shawn
Genre: contemporary
Diversity: LGBTQIA+ characters

This Thursday, we celebrate #diversitythursday! This week, we bring attention to Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour.

In Everything Leads to You

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.

Have you read Everything Leads to You? Tell us your thoughts! Send us an ask! Tweet us at @yainterrobang with your opinions. As always, #diversitythursday is about bringing attention to books with diverse characters and spreading the word - so talk about them, especially if you relate to the book!