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Everything Leads to You by
Nina LaCour

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

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.

Thoughts

I adore
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.

//Love from
L

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCourRating: ★★★★☆SynopsisYou go through…

We Are
Okay by Nina LaCour

Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your
mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left
everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her
best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast,
at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy
she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter
break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face
everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has
made a home in her heart.

(from Goodreads)

Thoughts

This was a short and quick
read, but such a beautiful story. It deals with grief and loneliness is a very
poignant way. I found the writing to be absolutely stunning, and it paints a
vivid picture of the hardships Marin is going through. The story is told in
alternating chapters of flashbacks, a technique I’m a big fan of. I really like
how the backstory is unveiled bit by bit until right at the end you see the
full picture. It also helps make this novel into a page-turner. I read the
whole thing in one day (it’s just over 230 pages). I spent that day completely
absorbed in Marin’s strange and sad story.

I really liked the character
of Marin. As more and more of her backstory is revealed we learn more about her
and understand better why she acts and feels the way she does. She is not the
type of character you wish you could be, but she is the kind that you want to
gather into your arms, give a big hug, and tell them everything will be okay. Another
part of Marin’s character that I adore is that she loves to read and analyse
novels, which makes me relate to her even more.

This is a very sad story. It
focuses on grief in a very real way, showing all the ugly sides. There is
definitely no sugar-coating. It is raw and real, which I think makes this a
very important and necessary story, even though it comes across as quite a
downer. However, there are other facets to this novel. It also has important
themes of friendship and moving on from love. Okay, I know this is a little bit
of a spoiler, but I hope you won’t mind. The two main characters (Marin and
Mable) are both LGBTQ+. However, this is not a story about being LGBTQ+. Don’t
get me wrong, stories that deal specifically with that theme are hugely
important, but in this story the sexuality of the characters is only one aspect
of who they are, not their entire personality. I really love this, as it makes
the characters so much more realistic and complex. ‘Cause, you know, LGBTQ+
people are real, multifaceted people. What I’m trying to say is that a book
does not have to deal with LGBTQ+ issues in order to feature LGBTQ+ main
characters. Nina LaCour writes characters like these beautifully both in this
book and in Everything Leads to You (which
I also love).

Overall, this was a very nice
read, but not quite as good as Everything
Leads to You
, in my opinion. In spite of being so short this novel manages
to deal with a surprising number of topics, and to deal with them very, very
well. It’s hard to pin down just one subject or describe the plot simply. It’s
about many things all at once, which is what makes it such a brilliant read, in
my eyes. As Marin says about the novels she loves: “It’s better if it’s
complicated”.

//love from L

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