silver screen legend

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my top ten list of beautiful old hollywood actresses that were big in the 50′s :) (note that these are in no order whats so ever) :)

10-Elizabeth Taylor

9.Audrey Hepburn

8.Ava Gardner

7.Marilyn Monroe

6.Grace Kelly

5.Jane Russell

4.Kim Novak

3.Joan Collins

2.Jayne Mansifield

1.Sophia Loren

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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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Everything Leads To You

RATING: 5/5 stars.

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.

This book did not disappoint in any way. I think that because Emi was such a solid and interesting main character, that laid the groundwork for a fantastic book. It was just so well-written: the way that Nina LaCour wrote from a teenage girl’s perspective was not at all immature, and managed to be reflective and funny and relatable and a bit erratic - which makes sense to me for this particular 18-year-old.

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