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Everything Leads to You

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  24,520 ratings  ·  2,681 reviews
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 s
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published May 15th 2014 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Lauren The main character doesn't really struggle with her sexuality, but a major secondary character has had some setbacks due to hers. Most characters…moreThe main character doesn't really struggle with her sexuality, but a major secondary character has had some setbacks due to hers. Most characters treat it as normal, and it really isn't the main issue. (less)

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what kind of gay sorcery is this???

this is a slow book. not at all action-packed. but somehow I was just so engayged that I barely noticed, and I just fell in love with the story and these characters. this is... so beautiful
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5

This book was so beautiful
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lola by: Goodreads--and we love it.
Also posted on Hit or Miss Books.

Everything Leads to You is definitely not a BAD book. It was actually my first lesbian YA (romance—details later) read and I think I may continue with this genre and try to seek some gems out there—because there always are!

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
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3.5 Stars

"Because in the conversation beneath this one, what we're really saying is I am an imperfect person. Here are my failures. Do you want me anyway?”

Awww, this was so cute. Seriously a nice palate cleanser in between all the angst and fantasy I’ve been reading lately. This story revolves around Emi, who whole working set design in LA stumbles onto a mystery involving a classic film star and a troubled girl named Ava. There's this really fantastic element of movie magic, and it was great
Raeleen Lemay
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, lgbtqia, young-adult

Check out my video review here:
Juliana Zapata
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Este libro fue una sorpresa absoluta, empecé a leer sin tener una idea de que se trataba, ni siquiera lo había visto en ningún blog ni en ningún canal de youtube así que esta "virgen" con respecto a la historia.

Una de las cosas que mas me gustaron de este libro, es como lleva el tema de la homosexualidad, de una forma tan natural, tan simple, no es ningún hecho sorprendente o novedoso que la protagonista tenga novia, es algo totalmente normal en la historia, que esta centrada en un tema totalmen
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

We love films because they make us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing.

Emi Price is an aspiring production designer in Los Angeles, which means that she works behind the scenes on crafting film sets, searching for the perfect armchairs and potted plants and window dressings to make a scene feel real, unique, and personal. When she
Without a doubt, this is LaCour's best novel by far. While I've loved and taken away something different from every one of her books, I was still blown away by this which, believe me, is no easy task.


What I appreciate about LaCour's writing style, in general, is the fact that she never writes down to her audience. Instead of depicting young adults whose lives revolve around school, she imbibes each and every one of her protagonists which a passion. In Hold Still it was photography; in The D
Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, contemporary
i loved this. like a lot. video review to come.
You know what was better than *gasp* realizing that girls can like other girls and it's a perfectly normal thing in the world? Reading about girls who like other girls. Young Mar was shooketh.
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
A really great book!
Elise (TheBookishActress)

3.5 stars. Everything Leads to You is a book about movies and love. It didn’t impress me as much as I’d hoped, but this was by no means a bad or negative read. I’m sure many will love it; it just didn’t do much for me.

The main character, Emi, is an aspiring film worker. I loved the descriptions and depictions of her sets. I’m not a movie person, but if I were, this would’ve been amazing. Anyone who loves the movies will LOVE this book. Even without loving cinema, LaCour’s writing was visual eno
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just precious.
3.5 stars

With a mixture of Deb Caletti's quiet storytelling and Sarah Dessen's eye for detail, Nina LaCour writes the tale of Emi Price, an aspiring production designer who just graduated from high school. We first encounter Emi after her brother leaves her his polished Los Angeles apartment. His only instructions to her: do something amazing with the place. Emi feels at a loss until she and her best friend Charlotte stumble upon a mysterious letter at the old house of a deceased Hollywood legen
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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It’s not often I rate a contemporary 5 stars, but Everything Leads To You deserves every accolade. As a completely enchanting, elegant exploration of movie making in LA, it’s a story of hope, a young starlet and a designer, artistic passion and love that only grows when you give it a chance.

The novel starts off with a mystery, where Emi and her best friend Chantelle stumble upon a movie star’s inheritance letter, which leads
May 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy reading about first-world problems.
Recommended to Sarah by: Myself, because I'm a sucker for pretty covers and titles.
My problem with Everything leads to you is how incredibly one-dimensional and shallow the story is.
Everything is either modern! and chic! or vintage! and charming!, polished to perfection. There is very little realism.
I always welcome diversity and was happy to see a a lesbian mixed race main character. However, you’re telling me she has never experienced discrimination, rejection or any type of struggle?
I don’t buy it.

We’ve all been there. Someone said you can’t do it because of something irre
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Well.... Technically I would give this a 2 star rating but the Hollywood setting was just amazing I had to give it another star.

I'm a huge, HUGE movie buff. And not the type that just binge-watch films... I look at everything; the direction, acting, lighting, sets, cinematography, the details. So this book really hit home for me. The fact that the protagonist is a budding set designer just fascinated me. I loved the way the book describes the world she's in and her job so vividly.

However, that i
”There are no scenes in life, there are only minutes. And none are skipped over and they all lead to the next.”

2 stars
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The Writing
Okay, so, the writing wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t for me, personally. I found myself trudging through it because it felt so bland and was not expressive of Emi’s character at all, in my opinion. Like, there was absolutely nothing done for me to distinguish Emi’s character from any
Sep 01, 2013 marked it as to-read
I enjoyed The Disenchantments and LOVED Hold Still, so I have really high hopes for this one. :D
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Nina Lacour has a way with words. Incredible way with words! I'm not a movie buff, but this book made me want to become one. And r made me appreciate the art that goes into creating visual stories.
Emi was a great main character! The passion she had for her job really came through and I loved the way she saw the world. She's a romantic at heart about everything.
I feel like we just scratched the surface with the characters though. I desperately wanted more development. The romance also deve
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. This was my first book by Nina LaCour and I loved her style and the tone overall. The only problem I had was I felt like it was just a touch slow in the middle, but it picked up and I really enjoyed it!

I loved the plot surrounding film-making and of course the mystery they encountered. I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book, especially the mysterious Ava. These characters w
ashley 🌈
Yes, I am giving Nina LaCour yet another (well deserved) 5 star rating.

I've read 3 of her books this past week and I can't get enough, they are all beautiful, and so, so heartbreaking.

This review will probably be an emotional mess because I am literally still crying, but I'll try my best. I picked this book up expecting a sweet F/F romance, with a bit of mystery and lots of movie magic, but I got so much more. I should know by now that LaCour takes every expectation and flips it on it's head.
May 28, 2014 rated it did not like it

So, this book, in lack of a better word, is awful.

There are so many problems with this book that I lost count while reading it so I'm going to try my best to be not spoilery and...nice.

I was told that every Nina LaCour book was good, but I don't think I'll be picking up another one anytime soon because her writing style is very similar to an amateur fan fiction writer.

"Oh," Ava says, looking at the screen. "The internet is locked or something."
"You just need a password. The front desk will give
Chelsea slytherink
Check out my blog for more reviews and other bookish posts! This is a spoiler-free review!

Everything Leads To You has received many positive reviews and We Are Okay by Nina LaCour is one of my favourite books of 2017, so I had expected to love this novel as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t. This is by no means a bad book, I just had expected something more profound.

My main problem is that this is a young adult contemporary, yet it is neither realistic or relatable. Emi is an eighteen-year-old set d
Stacey (prettybooks)
Everything Leads to You was the last of my summer reads and I chose it over We Are Okay , a story that sounds a lot sadder and darker – I'll save it for autumn!

I finished Everything Leads to You a couple of weeks ago and I still remember how film aspect of the storyline made me feel. I adored it. I love the idea of being a set designer like Emi, our talented protagonist, and Nina LaCour tackles every little detail. She enables the reader to really understand and picture the work that goes into
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, lgbt, chaste
5 June 2018 reread: This is every bit as good as I remember. And it bears up well on a reread even though I still recalled all the major (and many of the minor) story beats. I'm even more blown away by the parallel effect of discussing illusion and story even while showing those elements in Emi's story.

I had a specific purpose for the reread, though, and I'm still not sure what to do. I wanted to see if this was something I wanted to share (explicitly) with my kids and particularly the niece liv
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay yes I am DNFing this at like 30% .. I KNOW I KNOW I AM BLACK SHEEP WHEN IT COMES TO THIS.

I liked the writing I did. I liked the brother. And I love the LGBT aspect. Emi likes girls and that's that which was refreshing to read!

But this book was just boring me! I am sorry. It was putting me to sleep. I read only like 80 pages and they were all whiny about an ex and break up. And nope. No thanks.


I'm sad though though! I REAAAALLY WANTED TO LIKE THIS :(

It sucks this book has been on m
First off, this is good. I promise. It really is.
But it's nowhere near as fantastic or epic or mindblowing as I hoped it would be. And the main reason why I'm a bit disappointed is the fact that there are so few F/F YA books that every time I start one I hope it will be good enough to make up for this tragic shortage. And then, more often than not, it's just good, and I feel more let down than I would have felt if it had been a paranormal romance or a thriller or a fantasy - just one out of a mi
Jul 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Disappointing read! Waste of money and time.. There's not much to the story where two people finding new locations as well as exploring them for their films and other stuffs and most of the time the characters go bonkers about who is whom or about messy relationships. Moreover, it's not that it is first time that I'm reading about a Lesbian relationship, somehow the author couldn't project that relationship so flawlessly or with enough intensity. And when the characters are so boring and nonchal ...more
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Nina LaCour grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first job was at fourteen in an independent bookstore, and she has since worked in two others. She has tutored and taught in various places, from a juvenile hall to a private college. She now teaches English at an independent high school.

Of Hold Still, Nina says:

“This book is about loss, and it’s also about art. The loss part comes from a clas
“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.” 149 likes
“Because in the conversation beneath this one, what we're really saying is I am an imperfect person. Here are my failures. Do you want me anyway?” 77 likes
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