Everything Leads To You By Nina LaCour
Genre: YA, Romance, Queer, F/F
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.86 stars (Goodreads)
Summary: 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.
Emi and her friend Charlotte find a letter from a deceased actor which leads them to a young woman named Ava. Emi has been trying to get over her last girlfriend with whom she has broke up too many times to count and she is taken by the beauty of Ava as a mystery, as a story as a person. As Emi and Charlotte help Ava discover things about her past, Emi can’t help but fall for Ava, but is really love?
I adore the way Nina LaCour tells stories, they are always so open and real, her main characters feel human and are full of questions well all have to ourselves. She manages to create a world where everything feels real and at the same time so poetic it’s painful.
In other books of hers, Nina brings loneliness to it’s most hurtful place, in this book she brings love and care, solitude but at the same time the feeling of not being completely alone or the feeling of finding somebody to helo you go through difficult times, someone who cares about you enough to be there for you when you need them most.
The story is pretty simple, it’s the story of how Emi falls for a girl she meets by chance and how it changes her and her point of view on how she was seeing things, and yet it is told in such a way i’m left speechless.
Everyhting Leads To You is about seeing others, understandng they are not just characters on your story but they have their own. It’s a way of finding your are not the only person who matters, but others do too, especially when you care about them.
I read other books by the author but they were more recent, and you can see in this one who the author is becoming the author you can find today, the story starts pretty normal but as it develops you can see and feel a lot more, the story, the thoughts of the character become more poetic, more lyrical, and i absolutely loved it.
You can see the realnees of the characters, the depth of them in every moment.
I don’t know how to explain it, there’s just something about this book. It shows a side of a main character that was refreshing, one where they truly show their feelings to the reader, the way the discover different things and how i all plays out.
I also liked how the topic of F/F was treated as a normal issue in some places and it became an important factor in others. That’s so true to life, it was simply nice and wonderful to see it portrayted that way.
I want to add that i listened to the audiobook at times, because i was a work and it helped me to get even more into the story. The narrator Jorjeana Marie did an amazing job bringing to life the voice of Emi. And if you are looking for a beautifully narrated audiobook i recommend it very much.
I loved the fact that the book touched in the how movies are made, how settings are made for a character to feel real in the screen and how Emi and Charlotte worked on it. Although i didn’t care much about the other characters related to the movie, with one exception *spoiler*, i appreaciated how it was shown to us how important this part of the job in the movies is. I guess it’s somehow the same with books, cover, edition, etc. It made me think a lot about how i watch movies and tv shows.
Also, the fact that not everything is glamorous in Hollywood, how the actor that wrote the letter had so much yet he didn’t have the most important things, how he missed them.
Overall, i think it s a great book, simple yet so beautifully written. I will keep reading more books by this author because she just knows how to bring all the feelings.
I gave it 4 starts in goodreads although i feel it may be more of a 3.75 to be completely honest.
I do recomment it though, I’d recommend this author to everyone.
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