Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCourEverything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Emi’s best friend Charlotte is leaving for out of state college. Emi’s brother Toby is scouting movie locations in Europe. She will be alone. Just after Morgan dumped her… for the sixth time. But she has some things. Toby is giving Charlotte and Emi his apartment for the summer with the request to do something epic in it. Emi has found the most beautiful music stand for the set she is designing for her internship. And Emi and Charlotte discover a hidden letter at the estate sale of famous western movie star Clyde Jones that leads them on a mysterious adventure of movie stardom and a new crush.

I freaking loved this book. It was fantastic. Enough of the non-descriptive adjectives. The book had delicate attention to detail in both setting and feeling. Emi really felt the presence of every place she was in, every object in each setting meant something to her or reminded her of something. The meaning objects have in this novel is beautiful. And it interlaces perfectly with her job as a set designer, finding pieces that give meaning to the movie just by being there.

Ava is mysterious and gorgeous. Her description is deep. Yes she’s beautiful, but she’s also screwed up, and real, and kind. She has simple style and comes from such a different background (I don’t want to give the whole thing away!). Charlotte is the rock. She is professional and always there, and knows how to calm everyone down and deal with crisis and business. Morgan has genius design skills and can make movie magic but is fickle and almost can’t fit in her own lifestyle she’s made. All the characters are so robust even if they play flat characters. Everything feels real yet magical reading this book.

I like how the book lightly touches on family views of homosexuality. Some parents are in the times and just take it as it is. Some of the parents are from smaller, religious communities outside of LA and can’t accept their kid being gay. But believe it or not, that’s not a huge part of the story. The story is normal yet with the LA larger than life feel. What can I say? No description does it justice. LaCour did a great job. Now go read it (and please don’t tell me you hated it). There’s even real library research in it!!! Pinch me.

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