Everything Leads to You

Nina LaCour
"I want you to do something with the place. Something epic."   After being entrusted with her brother's Los Angeles apartment for the summer as a graduation gift, Emi Price isn't sure how to fulfill his one condition: that something great take place there while he's gone. Emi may be a talented young production designer, already beginning to thrive in the competitive film industry, but she still feels like an average teen, floundering when it comes to romance.                 But when she and her best friend, Charlotte, discover a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, Emi must move beyond the walls of her carefully crafted world to chase down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life, leading her to uncover a decades’ old secret and the potential for something truly epic: love.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-03-22
There is something about the way LaCour weaves a story and develops her characters that makes her writing just so engaging. This is my second book by this incredibly talented author and, while it was not my favourite, I couldn't help falling in love.


“The best things aren't perfectly constructed. They aren't illusions. they aren't larger than life. They are life.”



This story follows the story of some extraordinarily written characters with some awesome jobs in movie making, a backdrop of California and the world of Hollywood, a mystery involving a movie star and, of course, a good helping of finding one's self.

While I have seen this book marked as a YA story, I would venture into saying it could also fit nicely into the New Adult genre. The MC, Emi, and many of her fictional peers, are in between high school and venturing into college. The book largely revolves around their jobs in the movie industry and while her parents are present, Emi also lives out of home for a portion of the story.


“There are no scenes in life, there are only minutes.”



Unlike the last LaCour book I read, [b:We Are Okay|28243032|We Are Okay|Nina LaCour|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1471899036s/28243032.jpg|48277368], I wasn't thrilled with the MC. In fact, Emi seriously drove me nuts sometimes and I wondered if I was going to have to deal with ridiculous tendency to view the world as make-believe movie that revolved around her for the entire book. Fortunately, she does eventually sort out some of her egocentric views.

Despite what irked me Emi, I adore how LaCour used this as part of her story and I do truly admire her character development. Similarly, there were times when I truly was not a fan of Ava, a main side-character in the story. But again, the progression of the character was purposeful and so well done.

I also loved almost all of the side-characters; from Jamal and Charlotte, the side-kicks to the main story; Morgan, the ex-girlfriend who has her own minor character development; to Emi's whole-hearted and adopt-me-please! parents.


“I think that sometimes people want something so much that they manifest it. Or at least they try to.”



While this book is such a gem when it comes to diverse lit - so many ah-mazing LGBTQIA+ and POC characters - this is ultimately a book about being human. The emotion, the struggles, and just the journey to a future while dealing with and embracing your past is what is key to this beautifully written story.




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Reviewed: 2015-08-26
This was a beautiful, light, fun story.

I loved the fact that Emi, the protagonist was a set designer. That was like the coolest thing to read about. It was so fun and interesting.

And I loved the whole story of her finding the letter and then trying to get it to the person it was for. The way everything came together in one of those it-was-meant-to-be and fate type of ways.
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