Everything leads to you

Nina LaCour

Book - 2014

When she begins her work as a production designer in Los Angeles, Emi discovers a letter at an estate sale that leads her to uncover the secret life of a Hollywood legend.

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Published
New York, New York : Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC [2014]
Language
English
Physical Description
307 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780525425885
0525425888
Main Author
Nina LaCour (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

At age 18, Emi Price is making big strides toward a career in production design, with a rent-free Los Angeles apartment and an enviable and promising internship on a movie set. When Emi and her best friend Charlotte discover a letter written by a recently deceased film icon (think Clint Eastwood), it leads them to his unknown granddaughter, Ava. Emi is smitten, and as her life and career take ever more fortunate turns, her recently broken heart begins to heal with the hope of new love with Ava. LaCour (The Disenchantments) can write her way around a movie set (and L.A., too), and her descriptions of Emi's work raise Emi's character to another level and add fascinating depth to this story. Between Ava's troubled ingénue status, her claim to Hollywood royalty, and the way several characters are both charmed by unexpected fortune and grayed by tragedy, the story can feel like a Hollywood fairy tale. But underneath the privilege surges real pain, longing, and feeling in a way that makes it easy to imagine this novel as a film. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 [Page 133]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When she begins her work as a production designer in Los Angeles, Emi discovers a letter at an estate sale that leads her to uncover the secret life of a Hollywood legend.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Feeling unfulfilled in her romantic life in spite of a promising career in the L.A. film scene, talented set designer Emi discovers a mysterious letter at an estate sale that prompts her investigation into a movie icon's hidden life. By the award-winning author of Hold Still.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

While working as a film production designer in Los Angeles, Emi finds a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend which leads Emi to Ava who is about to expand Emi's understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"I want you to do something with the place. Something epic."   After being entrusted with her brother's Los Angeles apartment for the summer as a graduation gift, Emi Price isn't sure how to fulfill his one condition: that something great take place there while he's gone. Emi may be a talented young production designer, already beginning to thrive in the competitive film industry, but she still feels like an average teen, floundering when it comes to romance.                 But when she and her best friend, Charlotte, discover a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, Emi must move beyond the walls of her carefully crafted world to chase down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life, leading her to uncover a decades’ old secret and the potential for something truly epic: love.