Everything Leads to You by
Emi is a
film lover 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 novel. The very first thing that made me fall in love is the way films play
such a huge part in Emi’s life. At just 18, she is working behind the camera as
a set designer, which gives you a very different perspective on the world of
filmmaking. I used to think that the actors were the real core of any film, but
now I see just how much work goes into making one, even one as small as the one
Emi is working on. It has made me look at films in a whole new way.
I think you
can really tell when someone is passionate about something, and it is evident
that Emi, and the author, really has a passion for films and everything about
them. Nina LaCour really knows what she is talking about, form the descriptions
of all the people working behind the camera, to all the little references to
cult films that pop up throughout the book. Either she loves films just as much
as Emi does, or she has done some serious research. Anyhow, as clearly as you
can tell that Emi is passionate about films, you can see that the author is
passionate about this book.
As you may
have guessed from the synopsis, the main character is gay. Frick yeah,
DIVERSITY! What I love most about Emi is that her being gay is not some big
revelation. It’s not about her questioning her sexuality because she just
kissed a girl. She knows exactly who she is and she is so confident about it.
The book starts out with her trying to deal with a recent break up, and
progresses into her falling for someone new. Seeing her become stronger and
then taking the chance to fall in love again is just beautiful, and will give
anybody warm fuzzies.
This is so
much more than just a love story. It’s about family, identity, and breaking up.
It’s about adventure, taking risks, and finding your place in the world. It
flows beautifully and has so many amazing characters. I urge you to pick this
up the next time you feel like reading something sweet and uplifting.