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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 sA 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.  ...

Title : Everything Leads to You
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ISBN : 9780525425885
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Number of Pages : 312 Pages
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Everything Leads to You Reviews

  • Riley
    2019-01-14 10:37

    Actual rating: 4.5This book was so beautiful

  • LolaReviewer
    2018-12-30 16:37

    Also posted on Hit or Miss Books.Everything Leads to You is definitely not a BAD book. It was actually my first lesbian YA (romance—details later) read and I think I may continue with this genre and try to seek some gems out there—because there always are! The story revolves around Ava, the granddaughter of a well-known celebrity who died and left her a letter telling her how much he wished he knew her and that he left her A LOT of money she can use at her sake. Now here is the thing: I thought Emi was the main character. She’s the narrator and there’s a first person POV so it makes it even more obvious. But, even if Emi was the one discovering the letter, everything else important happening revolves, as I said, around Ava. Eveything Leads to Ava. Emi has a new job and then Ava has one as well for the same people. Emi help her find the truth about her mother who died unfortunately too. Ava is struggling with finding a place where she can feel at home and Emi helps her. So, I guess there are really TWO main characters with the same importance level in this book that are connected to each other. The fact is that I was confused about who IS the main main character throughout the story. I guess I'm just not used to LaCour's formula. I thought the ‘mystery’ was completely predictable. I wanted to tell myself it isn’t and struggled to not predict things that were happening but it was too hard not to since it was so simple to deduct. Sometimes predictable stories are not boring, especially contemporary ones and this is one of them. Now I’m not saying that I really enjoyed it still because there are other factors that made me not enjoy this book that much.IT’S FILLED WITH DIALOGS. The many dialogs and few descriptions of places and the world around them annoyed my reading experience. Sometimes dialogs were half page long and that made me take a lot of breaks from this book. I usually read a book in 1-2 days but this one took me 3 days.Emi and Ava are both nice girls and characters. The ‘coincidence’ of them both being lesbian made this book unfortunately not so realistic. I mean, I believe in fate and destiny from time to time but this is too much. If she were bi, then maybe this book would’ve been more realistic. Another problem I had with this book is that there barely is romance! There is only one single kiss in the story and RARE flirting. Of course, there is some mention of girls from Emi’s past and Ava’s as well but nothing substantial. What I liked though was the film part of this book. Really enjoyed knowing more about how it works in that industry and how designers have an immense part in the conception. Emi’s job is one hell of a cool one. Plus, she’s really talented.Overall, I think, if you wish to read a book in which there is mention of the celebrities’ world and film/series as well, I’d recommend The Secrets of My Hollywood Life (LOVED IT) series by Jen Calonita. Also, if you really want romance, I have no recommendations since it’s my first lesbian book but I don’t think this is the one for you. Again, not BAD but not worth of your time if your TBR pile is huge.

  • Zoë
    2019-01-21 14:46

    I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. THE FILM ASPECT AND THE LGBTQ ASPECT AND THE MYSTERY AND YAY

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2019-01-14 15:28

    THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. SO BEAUTIFUL AND THE FEELS AND IT'S ALL ABOUT MOVIES AND LOVE JUST AHHHH. Check out my video review here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hTh4s...

  • Juliana Zapata
    2018-12-31 11:47

    Este libro fue una sorpresa absoluta, empecé a leer sin tener una idea de que se trataba, ni siquiera lo había visto en ningún blog ni en ningún canal de youtube así que esta "virgen" con respecto a la historia.Una de las cosas que mas me gustaron de este libro, es como lleva el tema de la homosexualidad, de una forma tan natural, tan simple, no es ningún hecho sorprendente o novedoso que la protagonista tenga novia, es algo totalmente normal en la historia, que esta centrada en un tema totalmente diferente.La narración de esta autora es maravillosa, sabe llevarte a través de la historia que te quiere contar con un ritmo perfecto, un cambio de escenas y de temática totalmente acorde y justo cuando es necesario. La verdad es que este libro me atrapó desde las primeras páginas y lo terminé sin darme cuenta si quiera.La historia no es para nada pretenciosa, es simple, es ligera y esto no la hace para nada aburrida ni le quita valor, toda la parte "Holliwood" de la historia se me hizo muy divertida, como se mezcla el trabajo de la protagonista con el misterio que debemos descubrir y la historia que la autora nos quiere contar es absolutamente maravilloso.Los personajes son encantadores, hay muy pocos libros en los que puedo decir que no odié a ningún personaje, pude comprender las diferentes personalidades, el papel que cada uno desempeña en la historia (que no tiene escenas ni personajes de relleno) y como se mezclaban sus mundos para dar forma y desenlace a cada una de sus historias.Por último tengo que decir que el final me encantó, aunque quisiera saber un poco mas del futuro de los personajes, en especial el de Ava y Emi, tengo que decir que el libro fue justo hasta con el final, tiene un ritmo perfecto y una narrativa asombrosa.

  • Keertana
    2019-01-16 11:49

    Without a doubt, this is LaCour's best novel by far. While I've loved and taken away something different from every one of her books, I was still blown away by this which, believe me, is no easy task.Film What I appreciate about LaCour's writing style, in general, is the fact that she never writes down to her audience. Instead of depicting young adults whose lives revolve around school, she imbibes each and every one of her protagonists which a passion. In Hold Still it was photography; in The Disenchantments it was music; in Everything Leads to You it's film. Growing up in California with a family thoroughly invested in the film industry, Emi has almost always knows she wants a career in the movies. Not as an actress or a director or even a writer, but as a set designer. Through Emi's eyes, LaCour brings to life the thrill, the frustrations, and the importance of shaping a film set. Frankly speaking, I sort of want to fly to Hollywood myself, now, and decorate a few sets of my own. Emi's passion bleeds through the page and I love this. It makes her such a real, three-dimensional character. What's more, the film atmosphere of this entire story enables it to read much like a movie unfolding, scene-by-scene. Everything Leads to You isn't lacking in an action-filled and exciting plot line. Unlike LaCour's past novels, which have been primarily character-driven, introspective reads, her latest is a page-turning mystery (at first) which develops into a nail-biting romance. When Emi discovers a letter on set from a deceased, but legendary, actor she sets out, with the help of her best friend, to give it to its rightful owner. Emi tracks the recipient of this letter around town, eventually stumbling upon Ava, the grand-daughter of a famous Hollywood actor, and within moments, the course of her summer is changed. As Emi is offered a script to work on, she explores not only Ava's film talent--genetic--but also the secrets of Ava. With the backdrop of a film town, infused with characters thoroughly invested in movies, and with the additional inclusion of lines from Emi's new script, the setting of Everything Leads to You only adds to its story. LaCour has painted such a rich, vibrant atmosphere that it is impossible to look away; one must simply be content to be pulled into the tide. Growth LaCour's novels are all, in some way, shape, or form, about growth and Everything Leads to You is no exception. It's one of those books; you know, the novels where the protagonist discovers herself over the summer. It sounds incredibly cliched, but combined with LaCour's prose and command of characterization, it comes across as sophisticated and, most importantly, real. Emi, having just broken up with her on-again-off-again girlfriend yet again doesn't begin this novel in the best of places. Not only is she unable to leave her current relationship completely behind her, but she is also classically confident in her own capabilities in a manner only a teenager can possibly be. Over the course of the story, Emi grows to mature, if nothing else, admitting her faults and doing her best to rectify them. What's more, despite her sheltered and luxurious upbringing, at least compared to Ava's childhood which is riddled with far more economic struggles that Emi could imagine, Emi makes the effort to bridge that gap and understand not only Ava, but the world around her.Romance Lastly, I have to admit that the romance in this novel is simply to die-for. LaCour never emphasizes the fact that Emi and Ava like girls; it simply is. For once, I have to admit it's refreshing not to constantly re-hash the oppression homosexuals face and instead appreciate and enjoy a romance between two female characters. Even beyond that diverse aspect of the love story within these pages, though, LaCour goes above and beyond to create distinct, but powerful, secondary characters. Emi and Ava come from two completely different walks of life and are drawn together by their love for film, but the presence of these secondary characters helped to ground their romance to reality. With Emi and Ava, and their overblown enthusiasm for the scripts and sets in their lives, it is all too easy to fall into the fake, fleeting love story of Hollywood. Instead, LaCour uses her secondary characters as barriers between reality and fantasy, ensuring that Emi and Ava's path to one another is not half as easy as their first meeting. And, believe me, it's such a worthwhile romance. Everything Leads to You completely be-spelled me under its atmospheric setting, not to mention the glimpses it provided into the script Emi and Ava were working on during the summer. LaCour's small details, ultimately, elevate her novels from fiction to reality, breaking those barriers until her characters feel like living, breathing humans. It's a gift and with her latest, she uses that gift to her fullest capability. Yet another stunning novel from LaCour; I don't think anyone is surprised by that, least of all, me.

  • Kaylin
    2019-01-21 10:46

    3.5 Stars"Because in the conversation beneath this one, what we're really saying is I am an imperfect person. Here are my failures. Do you want me anyway?” Awww, this was so cute. Seriously a nice palate cleanser in between all the angst and fantasy. This story revolves around Emi, who works set design in LA and unravels a mystery involving a classic film star and the troubled Ava. There's this really fantastic element on movie magic, and it was great reading about all the behind the scenes work that goes into it all.First off, I am here for unapologetic lesbians. Both Ava and Emi are open about liking girls, and neither was defined solely by their sexuality. The both had strong characters arcs, a cute romance and a role in the mystery. Emi's best friend Charlotte, was also great and a large example of the strong theme of friendship that took place. Charlotte and Emi were both devoted to each other, without enabling or pitying. One problem I did have was with how much Emi idealized Morgan-- or I'm told, but never shown the idealization. Emi consistently thinks about how she shouldn't call Morgan, or how she wants to kiss Morgan, but that was it?? There was very little talk involving what it was about Morgan that Emi liked so much, and I still don't have any understanding of Morgan's personality.Overall: This was cute, lighthearted fun, and I'm ready for more normalized F/F stories. But there was a lot of telling vs showing in the writing, and it felt like I was only seeing surface-level of most of the characters. Buddy Read with Emma!

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2019-01-18 15:33

    i loved this. like a lot. video review to come.

  • Emma
    2019-01-17 13:23

    4.5 stars. very aesthetic. much gay. 10/10 would recommend. ------------------ elise described this as "aesthetic lesbians" and I'm ready

  • Regan
    2019-01-19 11:35

    A really great book!

  • Mar the Wallflower
    2019-01-16 08:36

    You know what was better than *gasp* realizing that girls can like other girls and it's a perfectly normal thing in the world? Reading about girls who like other girls. Young Mar was shooketh.

  • Mary
    2018-12-28 16:42

    Just precious.

  • Thomas
    2019-01-05 10:24

    3.5 starsWith a mixture of Deb Caletti's quiet storytelling and Sarah Dessen's eye for detail, Nina LaCour writes the tale of Emi Price, an aspiring production designer who just graduated from high school. We first encounter Emi after her brother leaves her his polished Los Angeles apartment. His only instructions to her: do something amazing with the place. Emi feels at a loss until she and her best friend Charlotte stumble upon a mysterious letter at the old house of a deceased Hollywood legend. The message they find starts Emi on a journey to uncover the secrets of this old star's life, and along the way she may find some truths of her own.Nina LaCour has a subtle and effective writing style. She imbues Emi with a passion for production design, and from that LaCour crafts a simple, emotional story about film, love, and the intricacies of family. Everything Leads to You feels like one of those books that pertains to nothing and yet everything at once. LaCour slips in little passages of wisdom every now and then, and several aspects of this book stood out in a non-overbearing way: its sincere lesbian romance, its fleshed-out focus on Emi's design interests, and the misty nature of Ava's character.However, the book could have landed with more power in some parts. While LaCour has an elegant way of shaping her plot and developing Emi until her epiphanies, certain sections of the story lacked the emotional grip they would have had with a bit more emphasis or oomph. The themes of mysteries unraveling and accepting realities instead of false perceptions touched me. I just wish there could have been more substance to really make LaCour's main takeaways stellar (for example, by spending less time on Morgan, who contributed not too much to the story, while focusing more on the disparity of privilege between Emi and those around her).Overall, a good novel I would recommend to fans of Hold Still or fans of Deb Caletti and Sarah Dessen's more quiet stories. Nina LaCour has not blown me away with her writing yet, but I look forward to giving her next book another chance to.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2018-12-27 14:45

    3.5 stars. Everything Leads to You is a book about movies and love. It didn’t impress me as much as I’d hoped, but this was by no means a bad or negative read. I’m sure many will love it; it just didn’t do much for me. The main character, Emi, is an aspiring film worker. I loved the descriptions and depictions of her sets. I’m not a movie person, but if I were, this would’ve been amazing. Anyone who loves the movies will LOVE this book. Even without loving cinema, LaCour’s writing was visual enough that I could picture everything. Emi’s arc is about realizing she can’t idealize people, and that she can’t idealize the happy endings of movies either. It’s a well-executed arc; it ties in nicely with her new career and with her new relationship. There's a romance here between Emi and a girl she's just met, Ava. Ava is a likable character with a bit of mystery surrounding her past. Unfortunately, I though the romance here overtook things a bit. That would've been fine if the romance were spectacular, but frankly, the romance was good, not great. Definitely not great enough to hold up the entire book for me. If I had been more interested in the movie-star plotline, this would've been fine. Again, it's an issue with me, not the book.I honestly don’t have many complaints about this book, but I somehow didn’t enjoy it all that much. I liked it, but I didn’t obsess over it. That being said, I think it was a complete case of “it’s not me, it’s you” and I do want to recommend this to anyone who wants more books about gay girls and about the movies.

  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    2018-12-22 11:51

    This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews! It’s not often I rate a contemporary 5 stars, but Everything Leads To You deserves every accolade. As a completely enchanting, elegant exploration of movie making in LA, it’s a story of hope, a young starlet and a designer, artistic passion and love that only grows when you give it a chance.The novel starts off with a mystery, where Emi and her best friend Chantelle stumble upon a movie star’s inheritance letter, which leads them to Ava, a budding starlet who just wants to know who her parents are. There’s a mystery and magic surrounding Ava, she’s a muse who is a blood relative to fame, and Emi just wants to know her.Unlike other LGBT books, Everything Leads to You is not purely about Emi’s sexuality. Liking other girls is something that she’s comfortable with and is a part of her. She doesn’t need to be shouting it from the rooftops or even broadcasting it to everyone she knows, she just lets it happen. This is how I think LGBT and diversity should be done – it’s just a part of the story, but not the ONLY part of the story.Emi’s romantic journey is tumultuous, as she learns to figure out what love she deserves. I loved how the romance was for all the right reasons, how Ava and Emi appreciated each other for who they were not who they wanted them to be or because it was convenient. It’s such a tentative journey, with both girls needing to work through their own lives but discovering parts of each other they loved.Emi’s role as an intern designer on a movie set was a fascinating part of the novel – it’s not often we learn about how movie sets are put together. Emi puts her heart and soul into her job, and her passion, talent and pride for her work shows. This dedication and focus was incredibly inspiring, especially when she had to struggle against real life career setbacks, such as limited budget, no pay and your boss not liking your ideas. But, the lessons she learns along the way and her pure dedication helps her spread her wings and succeed, which is something we can all learn from.I loved the wonderful, supportive friendship between Emi and Chantelle as well. No matter what, they had each other’s backs, whether it was to do with career, romance, the mystery or their friendship. These girls know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and by standing together could they withstand any obstacle.Everything That Leads To You is one of my favourite LGBT contemporaries that I’ve ever read. I loved that magical, enchanting exploration into LA’s movie making industry, the mystery around Ava and the beautiful message of hope, passion and love by friends, family and others.

  • Angela
    2019-01-14 16:26

    I enjoyed The Disenchantments and LOVED Hold Still, so I have really high hopes for this one. :D

  •  ⚯͛ Andi △⃒⃘
    2018-12-23 16:36

    Well.... Technically I would give this a 2 star rating but the Hollywood setting was just amazing I had to give it another star.I'm a huge, HUGE movie buff. And not the type that just binge-watch films... I look at everything; the direction, acting, lighting, sets, cinematography, the details. So this book really hit home for me. The fact that the protagonist is a budding set designer just fascinated me. I loved the way the book describes the world she's in and her job so vividly.However, that is the only thing I liked about this book. Some parts were just unrealistic for me--- Ava's development was just too Cinderella-ish, I can't help but roll my eyes. Most of this book was just too unbelievable. I did appreciate the LGBTQ+ aspects of this book though. It wasn't a sob story or any coming out struggle. The characters knew they were gay from the get go. So I really liked that. But unfortunately I couldn't really love this book. I didn't expect much, but I was still disappointed.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-26 11:24

    My problem with Everything leads to you is how incredibly one-dimensional and shallow the story is.Everything is either modern! and chic! or vintage! and charming!, polished to perfection. There is very little realism. I always welcome diversity and was happy to see a a lesbian mixed race main character. However, you’re telling me she has never experienced discrimination, rejection or any type of struggle?I don’t buy it.We’ve all been there. Someone said you can’t do it because of something irrelevant. You can’t do it because you’re a girl, you can’t do it because it goes against the prejudices people have about you.You can’t do it because you’re in a minority and different.Apparently our MC is completely blind and inexperienced with all of this. Emi is privileged, extremely sheltered and knows nothing else than the glamorous side of Hollywod. She’s given amazing opportunities at random, because she has contacts and never has to work hard for anything. This girl is genuinely shocked when people don’t have the same condition and expectations as her, and that’s what made me loathe her.Ridiculously naive and wide-eyed, she jumps around like a goddamned fairy.None of her flaws are pointed out, although I could find plenty. The same goes for every single character, who who is confident, loved by everyone and have a cloud of creativity around them. Ask any 18-year-old what they want to do with their lives and get back a terrified look and realize they are lost.Emi has everything figured out, zero real problems.That’s why Ava’s story seems so forced; it’s pitiful but in a tragic sense you see in Hollywood movies without substance. It’s not real, and it pissed me off.These beautiful people are living their lives in beautiful Los Angeles (I’m not even hiding my jealousy), doing beautiful things.They should be on a kids’ show where everything is lovely and fun and BRIGHT.Saying it’s shallow is an understatement,Pair that with a slow, boring plot and you have a book I struggled to finish.I did enjoy how we found out a lot about the world of film-making and how Emi’s sexuality wasn’t the main point of the book. That’s it. It’s fluffy and sweet but impersonal, fake and annoying.2 generous stars, coming from someone who brought out their inner bitter emo baby for this review.

  • love, ashley 🌈
    2018-12-26 16:51

    Yes, I am giving Nina LaCour yet another (well deserved) 5 star rating. I've read 3 of her books this past week and I can't get enough, they are all beautiful, and so, so heartbreaking. This review will probably be an emotional mess because I am literally still crying, but I'll try my best. I picked this book up expecting a sweet F/F romance, with a bit of mystery and lots of movie magic, but I got so much more. I should know by now that LaCour takes every expectation and flips it on it's head. This was not a book about love. This was a book about loss, and pain, and finding yourself.(view spoiler)[I like slow burn romance, but holy sh*t. This was more like, "when is she going to light the candle?" (hide spoiler)]I wish I had read the last half at home so I could've cried my eyes out properly, I was really close to shedding a tear in the middle of my class. Oh, you don't read when you're supposed to be paying attention? Yeah.... me neither. LaCour draws readers in with easy going, lovable characters and intricate story lines, but once she has you she will not let go until she has shattered your heart into a million pieces. The deeper you go into her novels, the more flawed and realistic the characters become. She will never be the kind of writer who has flat characters, or instant romances. The relationships and lives of the characters are messy because real life is messy.

  • Jessica (priceiswong)
    2019-01-06 14:24

    *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*4.5 starsI really enjoyed this book. This was my first book by Nina LaCour and I loved her style and the tone overall. The only problem I had was I felt like it was just a touch slow in the middle, but it picked up and I really enjoyed it!I loved the plot surrounding film-making and of course the mystery they encountered. I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book, especially the mysterious Ava. These characters were flawed, yet seemed so real to me and I love reading about characters like that. I appreciated that the main character was open about her sexual orientation and instead of this being a coming out story, Nina LaCour just made it a part of who Emi was. I've read stories where the secondary characters were gay, but not the main character so this was a first for me. I loved that our main character wasn't struggling with how she felt, but accepted it. I'll admit I was frustrated with Emi in the beginning because of her poor relationship choices (just learn how to walk away girl! she doesn't love you!) but I grew to love her. Honestly, while reading this book, it almost felt like I was becoming friends with Ava, Charlotte, Emi, and Jamal. You see them for who they are, their flaws included, but despite it all you grow to love them all the same. I finished this book feeling happy and it gave me closure (which we all know I love.)I like that this book encourages you to not wait, but to act. You never know how much time you'll have.

  • Chelsea
    2018-12-21 13:29

    Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review!Everything Leads To You has received many positive reviews and We Are Okay by Nina LaCour is one of my favourite books of 2017, so I had expected to love this novel as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t. This is by no means a bad book, I just had expected something more profound.My main problem is that this is a young adult contemporary, yet it is neither realistic or relatable. Emi is an eighteen-year-old set designer who at the start of the book is still in high school as well. Though it was nice to learn more about the film industry, I couldn’t relate to the characters and their experiences because it seemed so far-fetched. They have jobs on film-sets while attending a private high school, have enough spare time to go wherever they want AND their parents are never around? Their lives seemed so perfect, it just didn’t seem real.It took me five days to finish this book, even though it’s only 300 pages long and I picked it up regularly! The pacing was odd: a lot of time was spent learning more about Ava’s family, but I didn’t care to learn more about her. It wasn’t as if there was much of a mystery to solve.Though you can’t tell while looking at the cover, the protagonist of this book is biracial. Her grandfather was black, so she refers to herself as “I’m a quarter”. I feel the need to include this in my review because I know some multiracial people aren’t fond of expressions like that.There were some things that bothered me, but they weren’t a huge deal in the book. Firstly, Emi says “I wore a skimpy shirt to show off my girlishness”. This rubbed me the wrong way because it sounds as if you can’t be girly if you for example don’t have breasts to show off.I also didn’t like how Laura was presented. It seemed as if she only wanted to be queer in order to gain popularity, in order to be liked by the boys. Yes, many allocishet boys and men are aroused by femme queer girls, but that’s not at all a compliment. It’s objectifying and fetishising. There would still be a lot of anti-queerness coming from other people, so this doesn’t add up.There was only one closeted queer girl in this book and I felt like she was presented as some sort of “villain”, because she claimed the other girl had tricked her. The closeted girl’s family was very religious, which is why she was afraid to come out. I understand this hurt her girlfriend, but this narrative hurts, especially because there weren’t any other closeted queer characters who were presented in a more positive light.Even though this review is rather negative, I ended up giving this book 3.5 stars. Like I said, it’s not a bad book, I just didn’t love it.content and trigger warnings for: a lot of ableist language (such as crazy and insane), breaking and entering, homeless shelter, deceased parents, adoption, anti-queerness, overdose, drug use, underage drinking

  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    2019-01-09 16:28

    Everything Leads to You was the last of my summer reads and I chose it over We Are Okay, a story that sounds a lot sadder and darker – I'll save it for autumn!I finished Everything Leads to You a couple of weeks ago and I still remember how film aspect of the storyline made me feel. I adored it. I love the idea of being a set designer like Emi, our talented protagonist, and Nina LaCour tackles every little detail. She enables the reader to really understand and picture the work that goes into set design, why it's such an important part of making a film, and how fun it can be. Emi is incredibly passionate about her future career, but Nina doesn't just show us the glamorous side. We also see the boring, frustrating side of the industry, from being a lowly intern and not feeling good enough to browsing hundreds of sofas to find the one.Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books.

  • Itsskelseyy
    2018-12-24 09:42

    So, this book, in lack of a better word, is awful.There are so many problems with this book that I lost count while reading it so I'm going to try my best to be not spoilery and...nice.I was told that every Nina LaCour book was good, but I don't think I'll be picking up another one anytime soon because her writing style is very similar to an amateur fan fiction writer. "Oh," Ava says, looking at the screen. "The internet is locked or something.""You just need a password. The front desk will give it to us."Ava stands up and grabs the key."You can call them."I cross to the desk, pick up the phone and dial zero."Hey," I say. "What's the internet password?"I read it out to Ava and she enters it. She smiles."Success," I tell the man on the other end. "Thanks."^Yes that is actually in the book. And yes you literally could sum that entire situation up in one sentence to: "Recognizing that the internet was not connected, I called the front desk for the wifi password." And that's not even a good sentence! The amount of unneeded dialogue was way too extreme. It wasn't even portrayed interesting at all. I felt like I was reading a text conversation between two 13 year olds half the time. A lot of the dialogue was things that no reader would even care about, such as giving EXACT directions to a shopping store ( I'm talking road names and when to turn, etc). The imagery she decided to add to the book didn't even add to the setting at all. The main character is supposed to be a production designer and the author can't even design her own settings.Speaking of characters I like how Emi isn't given any physical characteristics at all and about halfway into the book you find out she's partially black. I was picturing some spunky blonde this entire time because she is never once given any physical characteristic throughout the book. But when Ava enters the room her entire physical appearance is described the same way that all the other character's physical appearance is described: How their hair is styled and what they're wearing. There is no background whatsoever of how Emi and Charlotte became friends (none that I remember) and also no background on how they obtained the internships onto a famous movie set. I also like how Emi's brother gives them his apartment for two months and THAT night they literally move in without consulting their parents or talking it over at all. This book did a great job of giving a lot of unneeded information but lacking the actual information the reader wants. I'm also going to briefly touch on the gay pairing. Don't worry, you find out Emi is immediately gay as soon as you open the first page. Since the LGBT community is taken very well amongst society today (including myself) I feel like Nina La Cour was trying WAY too hard to make this "normal" so to speak. There is a very tasteful way to present a gay couple normally in a book without the reader giving a second thought but La Cour just did not make it happen. She's gay La Cour, I get it. Can I also talk about how predictable this book is?! It's supposed to be about this mystery letter that Emi and Charlotte find and how they want to discover its secrets and all this other bull crap. The mystery is solved in 50 pages, very easily by the way, who they encounter a girl their age (WHAT NO?!) and Emi confesses that all of their evidence "Led to her." (Really....really...?) Side note, I hate books that use the title of their book 75 pages in. It gives away WAY too much to the reader, aka the entire rest of the book.Why did I keep reading? I read a review here that said it picks up about 150 pages in. It didn't. But I was determined to finish it. Turned out to be a huge waste of time. The worst book I've read this year.There wasn't a single theme in this book that I could name that even mattered. This book literally could have been 90 pages long. It would be considered a middle grade book if it wasn't about a lesibian couple and didn't throw the F bomb out once in awhile. So now, I'm finishing my very first lengthly review I've ever written because I don't want anyone else to go through the torture that this book held for me.1 star for poor effort.

  • lolo'
    2018-12-26 09:24

    Okay yes I am DNFing this at like 30% .. I KNOW I KNOW I AM BLACK SHEEP WHEN IT COMES TO THIS. I liked the writing I did. I liked the brother. And I love the LGBT aspect. Emi likes girls and that's that which was refreshing to read! But this book was just boring me! I am sorry. It was putting me to sleep. I read only like 80 pages and they were all whiny about an ex and break up. And nope. No thanks.Sorry! I'm sad though though! I REAAAALLY WANTED TO LIKE THIS :( It sucks this book has been on my tbr for over a year and ughhh *sighs*

  • Nina
    2018-12-25 15:32

    First off, this is good. I promise. It really is.But it's nowhere near as fantastic or epic or mindblowing as I hoped it would be. And the main reason why I'm a bit disappointed is the fact that there are so few F/F YA books that every time I start one I hope it will be good enough to make up for this tragic shortage. And then, more often than not, it's just good, and I feel more let down than I would have felt if it had been a paranormal romance or a thriller or a fantasy - just one out of a million similar stories.The story itself is well thought out and intriguing. I got to find out a lot of things about filmmaking that I didn't have a clue about, and I got to see some wonderful relationships grow and develop with a realistic rythm.What kept me a bit alienated is the writing. Don't get me wrong - it's not bad in any way; it's just not the kind of thing that works for me. While there are enchanting vignettes of insight into Emi's personality, worldview and feelings that feel almost poetic because of how conversational they are, most of this book felt like a film to me (ironic, I know) - meaning, essentially, that I could see it all clearly, but I couldn't really feel it. And that just goes to show, once again, that this is all me, because I don't watch films for a reason: I can't connect with them half as much as I do with books.Underwhelming, but enjoyable.

  • Aditi
    2018-12-31 08:25

    Disappointing read! Waste of money and time.. There's not much to the story where two people finding new locations as well as exploring them for their films and other stuffs and most of the time the characters go bonkers about who is whom or about messy relationships. Moreover, it's not that it is first time that I'm reading about a Lesbian relationship, somehow the author couldn't project that relationship so flawlessly or with enough intensity. And when the characters are so boring and nonchalantly trying to figure out who they are, then how can we connect with them, they lack depth or any kind of evocative emotions in them. It seems Ava is the main character whereas Emi is the one who is narrating her tale. Emi and Ava meet when a famous celeb leaves a letter for her grad-daughter and it was Emi's job to find who that grad-daughter is. There was bit of mystery which is once again not played out that well. Even the writing style is not so polished or even the dialogues are that engaging enough to keep the readers on their edges. Anyhow, in a nutshell, this book that screams out "ROMANCE" in capital letters from it's synopsis, but there is barely any chemistry found in the book.Let's move on and get to our next book! You can blindly skip this one!

  • Karen
    2019-01-20 13:32

    This book was perfect in every way and I'll write a better review when I'm ready to stop feeling so giddy at the presence of a multiracial gay character whose ethnic makeup and sexual identity aren't major dramatic plot points. they're just part of who she is. finally. is it sad that I feel so grateful for this little bit of not one hundred percent straight/white representation?

  • Iris
    2019-01-05 16:40

    Challenge #9 a book by a female author (popsugar reading challenge 2015)This was an amazing book! I think that it is one of my new favorites!

  • Melissa
    2019-01-12 09:27

    *3.75 stars* Really enjoyed it :-)

  • Dakota★Magic in Every Book
    2019-01-20 12:37

    Ilovedthis book! I wasn't quite sold in the beginning, but somewhere in between 50 pages and 100, I was smitten. This book does one very important thing: it normalizes non-heterosexual relationships. The main character, Emi, prefers women, and this is never a a personal struggle for her. She already knows who she is and how she feels and her friends and family know. Ava, the love interest, does have more difficult issues relating to her sexuality, but over all, this novel is just about two girls falling in love. It is not a book about coming out or coming to terms with sexuality. Those books are very important, but we really need more books about non-heterosexual people just being people. Living lives, having adventures, with the romance being a normal and unquestioned part of the story. As a pansexual woman, reading a regular romance with two women was so exciting and totally won over my heart.Besides that, I think this book has excellent character growth, and a really shows love how it is. Both lead females have their flaws and their more unflattering moments, but they learn more about each other and themselves as well as love and what it means. There are also some pretty excellent side characters. Charlotte, Emi's best friend, is excellent and I love that she's a real and vibrant person, not just "Emi's sidekick". You can really see how their relationship works and how deeply they support each other. I also really loved Emi's ex-girlfriend, because while she was questionable in her relationships, she wasn't all bad and was still her own person and cared for Emi in her own way. It made Morgan more than just "the ex" and I really appreciate that every character had depth.Another pretty cool thing about this book is it's representation of the film industry. Emi works as a set design intern, looking for the perfect furniture at yard sales, thrift shops, and other places, making movie scenes real and believable. It was really interesting, definitely not what I expected, and was fun to learn about as I read. I especially loved Emi's passion for what she does. Lead female with a passion that she's turning into a kick-ass career? Sign me the hell up!All-in-all, this book totally won over my heart, made me laugh, learn, and get swept up in a romance that wasn't unoriginal or boring. I highly recommend this book and am so happy it's my first book for the new year!