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Gr 9 Up—Eighteen-year-old production design intern Emi is getting over her first love and trying to establish her place in the Los Angeles film industry. Set primarily during the summer before her freshman year of college, Emi spends days designing sets for a blockbuster, and, later, a low-budget indie film (complicated by the presence of her ex, also working on both films). When she and her best friend Charlotte find a letter hidden in the possessions of a recently deceased Hollywood film legend at an estate sale, they begin searching for its intended recipient. Eventually that leads to Ava, a beautiful teen to whom Emi is immediately attracted. As Emi and Charlotte discover more about Ava's mysterious background and prop-hunt in thrift stores, Emi and Ava grow closer. Their relationship proves to be a slow build, but teens will root for its success and relate to the novel's universal themes of love and loss. Readers interested in film production will likely enjoy this one, and though set in L.A., it provides a more realistic depiction of the gap between the city's rich and poor—Emi's parents are college professors; Ava and her best friend live in a shelter for homeless teens—rather than focusing on the extravagant glamour of Hollywood. This one is highly enjoyable and highly recommended.—Amanda Mastrull, Library Journal

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A dream job, a film legend’s living legacy, a shining mystery, and an epic sun-soaked summer—it’s the stuff of Hollywood, and that’s the stuff for Emi. She is 18, a set designer, and a deep believer in the romance of the movies. When a series of coincidences lead her to beautiful and talented Ava, the long-lost granddaughter of a film cowboy, Emi no longer just works in the movies, she is living in one. But as the final kiss and a fade to black seem just within reach, Emi begins to see that life outside of the frame is messier and harder, but has the potential to be much more rewarding. Emi is smart, sweet, and sexy, and through her infatuation with Ava, she grows in her understanding of herself, her privilege, and her role in the movie of life. Their chaste, careful romance focuses on emotion and expectation: the problems of any teens in love. Mature in tone more so than content, this is summer love for the ages. Grades 9-12. --Heather Booth

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (May 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525425888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525425885
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ren the Reader on May 18, 2014
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For me, the novel starts bumpy with stilted writing, characters that seem out of touch, awkward momentum, but, once the plot kicked off, everything smoothed out. The characters became enchanting and relatable, stuff I wanted to be addressed were actually addressed, and things came together neatly by the end.
Suffice to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It's not often there's a YA centering around a queer character that ISN'T a coming out story and I appreciate Nina LaCour for giving me one that wasn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on August 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Heartbreakingly beautiful. That is the easiest way to sum up Everything Leads to You, to 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea Maya on July 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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This is a book that sucked me in by its cover. Because, let’s be honest, the cover is beautiful and the typography is gorgeous. But it’s what’s on the pages that really keeps you reading.

The Story
Everything Leads to You follows Emi, a just-graduated-high school student that’s interning as a production/set designer. When her older brother leaves for the summer, he lets Emi and her best friend, Charlotte, live in his apartment on one condition: they have to do something epic.

In a turn of events, they find Clyde Jone’s lost/unknown granddaughter, become part of a crew for a sure-hit indie film, and just maybe fall in love along the way.

I think the only thing I didn’t love was Emi’s brother’s, “Do something epic!” statement. Over the course of the novel, I felt like that had been a completely unnecessary catalyst. Arguably, everything would have happened the way it did without it. I know this is a very small thing to nitpick… but it was like the pea under 100 mattresses.

What I loved? Emi is gay. This? This is just a fact. It just is. Plain and simple. Nowhere in the story does her sexual orientation play a role as a source of conflict or huge plot point. Sure, she has a romantic subplot with feelings she has to work through regarding her ex and her new love interest, but it’s no different than any other heterosexual man character’s romantic subplot.

I know this may be my ignorance, but I can’t remember ever reading a YA where a main character that’s gay doesn’t have bigger issues regarding their sexual orientation. Where being gay just is and plays no major role to the story. If you know of any, please pass them on to me in a comment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By curious reader. on July 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book reads as though the author was told to 'age down' the characters at some point later in the story editing process and the job was hastily and poorly done. It was frankly hard for me, as a young adult myself, to believe that these girls were supposedly in the summer between high school and college. The year between say, college and graduate school I could understand, but to have them both be so successful at so young an age, even in a Hollywood setting, was difficult to believe.

While the story itself was enjoyable, the prose and narrative style were juvenile and it served as a detriment to the story as a whole. I found myself wishing that the characters would get together sometime before the final chapter of the book and that I cared very little for the mystery that was introduced as a way to force the two main characters together.

While a good book for younger people, and a shockingly rare lesbian story with a happy ending, the book felt disjointed and jumbled. I had trouble believing the plot and felt that a little more development of certain elements of the plot over others would have significantly strengthened the story.
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