Everything Leads to you by Nina LaCour
Published By: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 15th, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+
Date Read: December 17th, 2017
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A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
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.
The story revolves around Ava, the granddaughter of a well-known celebrity who died and left her a letter telling her how much he wished he knew her and that he left her A LOT of money she can use at her sake. Now here is the thing: I thought Emi was the main character. She’s the narrator and there’s a first person POV so it makes it even more obvious. But, even if Emi was the one discovering the letter, everything else important happening revolves, as I said, around Ava. Eveything Leads to Ava. Emi help her find the truth about her mother who died unfortunately too. Ava is struggling with finding a place where she can feel at home and Emi helps her. So, I guess there are really TWO main characters with the same importance level in this book that are connected to each other.
I thought the ‘mystery’ was completely predictable. Sometimes predictable stories are not boring, but this is one of them. There are other factors that made me not enjoy this book that much.
It’s filled with Dialogue. The amount of unneeded dialogue was way too extreme. It wasn’t even portrayed interesting at all. I felt like I was reading a text conversation between two 13 year olds half the time. A lot of the dialogue was things that no reader would even care about. There was too much dialogue and few descriptions of places and the world around them annoyed me.
Another problem I had with this book is that there is barely any romance! There is only one single kiss in the story and RARE flirting. Of course, there is some mention of girls from Emi’s past and Ava’s as well but nothing substantial.
The story in itself could have been interesting if it wasn’t so boring, again, literally unbelievable, and just so easy. Nothing in life falls into place so easily. When I realised that the events were meant to take place on a shorter span than I had in mind. A little fantasy never hurt, but to have a story make so little sense is just disrespectful to the reader.
Disappointing read! And when the characters are so boring and nonchalantly trying to figure out who they are, then how can we connect with them, they lack depth or any kind of evocative emotions in them. There was bit of mystery which is once again not played out that well. Even the writing style is not so polished or even the dialogues are not engaging enough. Anyhow, in a nutshell, this book screams out “ROMANCE” in capital letters from it’s synopsis, but there is barely any chemistry found in the book. I skimmed the last 100 pages because it was so boring
That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? I hope you enjoyed this more than I did! Is it on your TBR? Are you Still Planning on reading it? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.