Sunday, August 17, 2014

Everything Leads To You

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour
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 ant the potential for something epic: love.

This book kind of follows two stories, both centered around our main character, Emi. On the one side, she's trying to uncover the secret past of a Hollywood star who has recently passed away, a letter of whom she has found at his estate sale. On the journey of learning what is talked about in the letter, she meets Ava, a beautiful and struggling young girl she's immediately attracted to. On the other side, we learn about Emi's job as a production designer intern and the work she's doing for this one big movie. We can join in on the path to the perfect set for this film and the troubles Emi has to go through in the film industry.

I really enjoyed reading about Emi's work and the film industry. It gave me such an interesting insight into the making of a film and I've never read anything like this before. Emi has like the coolest job anyone could ever imagine and I loved reading about it. The love story was just as unique as the rest of the book. Our main character is gay but unlike in other books I've read, this wasn't the main point of the book. It just was what it was. There was no special emphasis on the fact that Emi likes girls, it was just part of the story and I thought that was great.

I will say, though, that the book never pulled me in completely and that's why I only gave it three stars. Because Emi's life is oh so different from mine, it was quite hard to identify with her. On top of that, I felt like not that much happened throughout the story. Yes, it was all very interesting and I really enjoyed reading the book but something was still missing for me.

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