18667779Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Release Date: May 15, 2014
Publisher: Dutton
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarstarstar
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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 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.– Goodreads

Review:

Heartbreakingly beautiful. That is the easiest way to sum up Everything Leads to Youto me, no words will properly justify this book and how much I needed it in my life. I read Everything Leads to You in about one day and the only reason I took THAT long is because I read and re-read everything slowly because I never wanted it to end.

Everything Leads to You is the story of Emi, a recent high school graduate who is already working in Hollywood. Not only is Emi a film buff with an understanding family, she is a Romantic (with yes, a capital R) who understands that movies paint the illusion of true love but that true love and real-life is a lot messier than the movies. Thankfully Emi’s life is full of good people including her BFF Charlotte who leaves soon for Michigan and college, and her brother Troy who is currently in London and letting Emi use his apartment. A rule came with the apartment though: she must do something with it. And not something ordinary.

What happens is nothing that Emi saw coming. Emi grows a lot that summer between high school and college, what she doesn’t plan on is falling in love.; in deep madding true love. Emi thought she had that and then they broke up and Emi finally moved on. Her and her ex could be friends and work together without wanting to kill each other and all was okay and good. Emi was content. One day however when Emi and Charlotte are at an estate sale, Emi finds a letter that leads her on the path to this deep true romance.

What LaCour is able to do in Everything Leads to You is create a romance story that really isn’t about romance, it was more about family, and friendships and that stuff that happens in the middle, which often happens to be romance and for Emi a mystery. This mystery has Emi’s cross paths with Ava, who happens to be related to the writer of the letter. What I also loved about this story is it is a LGTBQ love story but it’s not it’s a story about two people falling in love. It’s not a coming out story. It’s not a story about anyone trying to accept themselves, minus what every teen goes through when they’re between high school and college. It’s a YA romance novel and it is heartbreakingly beautiful.