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.com
First, let me start by saying, I love the way Nina writes queer characters. They’re not ashamed, they’re not ostracised, they’re not on pedestals, they’re just like real life, like me, or you. I also love the way Nina writes love. There’s something so real about it, especially in the first novel of hers I read, We Are Okay.
Everything Leads to You was written a few years before We Are Okay and you can see where she’s really worked through the kinks.
I’m not really a fan of Hollywood type settings, lifestyles of the rich and famous or privileged, following famous people or children of famous people, I like my stories a little closer to home.
The characters themselves read as though they should have been in their late 20s at least, maybe even early thirties. Any time their ages were referred to it really took me out of the moment. These characters read much more mature than the age they were given. It was a bit of a shame that we didn’t get to know Emi very well, outside of the context of who she is with other people. There’s Emi with Morgan, Emi with Charlotte, and Emi with Ava, but not much Emi with Emi. The book focused almost solely on Ava, with snippets of Emi, which made it tricky to really connect with the story. I almost wish Ava was more of a background character or that the story was told from her point of view.
The descriptions of the film sets really drew me in, I don’t know if that’s just because I love interior design and learning about other peoples houses but I could easily have read an entire book about it.
I’m looking forward to seeing what Nina LaCour brings us next!
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