Everything Leads to You - Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

I ended up being really charmed by this book. It’s about a girl who is on the cusp of launching her career, well, stepping out of the shadow of her brother, and who is looking for greatert meaning. But it never comes across as her quest for “something more” but just to have fun and enjoy her weeks out of high school and heading into college, broken up with her ex— for good this time, hopefully— and into a potential new relationship with a mystery girl whose fundamental life Emi has shaken up.

The mystery is basically stated within the first chapter, so I don’t feel bad telling it to you here: while searching for a fundamental piece of furniture for a scene that Emi is responsible for dressing, she finds a letter from one of the golden stars of Hollywood, to some anonymous woman who Emi and her friend Charlotte want to track down. Along the way, they find Ava, and a whole new adventure begins.

Honestly, I don’t even like contemporary books. But between the fluttery romance of breaking and rebuilding behind-the-scenes illusions of the movie business, and the absolutely sincere descriptions of Los Angeles freeways and flea markets, I was blown away.

This book is about real love and it was kind of breathtaking.

I will say I did have a problem with the fact that we only got the most subtle of hints that Emi is mixed-race until she tells Jamal, presumed to be black? I guess, that she is one-quarter black. And this was more than 50% through the book. This book engages in almost zero physical descriptions involving skin color, focusing on voices and accents and hair color, which unfortunately isn’t the clearest indicator of race. As Jamal says, “I didn’t know you were black.”

But it seems like such a small thing to hold against the book.

Pages: 312 pages
Year: May 15th 2014
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Read: 7 June 2017
Stars: 3.5