Title: Everything Leads To You
Author: Nina LaCour
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: May 15th 2014
My Rating: 5/5 stars
“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.
This is such an adorable and diverse contemporary! I love Emi, the main character, and the relationships she has with everyone. She was a sweet person and looked for the best in people, and gave them second chances (okay more than that). Emi follows her dreams and her instincts, allowing her to open doors to new opportunities. This is something that I want to do one day, to be able to follow my heart despite everyone’s thoughts. Emi has such a strong friendship with Charlotte, her best friend, and it so refreshing and wonderful to see female friendships in YA.
The story picks up when Emi makes it her mission to deliver an unsent letter. And though to us it may seem impossible, to Emi it was a dream come true. Through this mission, her talent for set design improved, her relationships with people grew stronger and she completed her brother’s condition in letting her live in his apartment.
I thought that because I didn’t know anything about movies or set design, this would bore me or make me confused. But it didn’t. Emi’s talent for set design makes her character unique and stand out from the other characters I’ve read before and the movie-buff in her didn’t overwhelm me. Her favourite movies were well-described. I think this story was well thought out and written. Nina LaCour’s writing is beautiful and easy to read. And there is diversity too, which is always good.
At times, I felt the arguments between Emi and Ava were petty, and that they were being too dramatic. But that’s just me I guess. I love how we were able to get a small insight into the movie industry. I didn’t realise how much preparation and thought was put into movies. Everything Leads To You definitely made me appreciate movies more and ALL the people involved in the making of it. The cover is gorgeous too! I especially love the typography and the way it’d positioned.
The ending was beautiful and wraps everything up so nicely. I’d definitely reread this book if I got the chance, or to get me out of a slump. I really adored this book, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, cute contemporary read.