“We love films because they makes us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into the eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing. But also. they tell us to remember; they remind us of life. Remember, they say, how much it hurts to have your heart broken.”
I read Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour and I absolutely adored it. It focuses on both the magic of films and movies in Hollywood as well as an adorable romance and interesting mystery pertaining to an old famous actor who had recently passed away leaving a legacy behind.
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.
There were so much in this book that I loved, and it was all intricately woven together into one story about loving movies and about love. The writing was so beautiful and real, and it was easy to get into Emi’s mindset and see her view on the world. While reading I was engrossed in the main character Emi’s life, and her passion of set designing. The novel showed a whole other side of Hollywood that I’ve never seen portrayed in a novel before, and I just found it incredibly interesting. And then there is the whole mystery aspect of the plot that was woven throughout the novel, and just when you thought you had it figured out, it would surprise you again. The romance of this book was adorable and beautiful, while also seeming realistic as if you were actually watching the two fall in love. While I adored the romance, I also loved how important friendship and family is to Emi, and throughout the story.
Overall, I was easily captivated by this book, leading to me reading it in one sitting, and I have the feeling I will read this one again, in hopes to experience the happiness this book causes you to feel. Look forward to another book review about another amazing book next week!