Everything Leads to You
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.
This novel has been at the top of my to-read list for a very long time, and while I had never heard of Nina Lacour before this novel, I was more than excited to delve into a Hollywood centric novel.
Even though Emi is the protagonist, the plot is driven by Ava’s life, her parentage is shrouded in mystery and Emi and Ava both become entangled with it in their desires to learn more. Sadly the mystery was resolved fairly quickly and was beyond predictable. And while I like Emi as a character, I liked her passion and her growth, I thought she was one of the least interesting characters in the novel. In fact, I think that we could have benefited from a split point of view, because Emi was just a bystander looking in on the disaster of Ava’s life, her only real connection to it was Ava, who she had just met. As a consequence of this Emi’s point of view seemed like a strange choice since all the mind-blowing shocking things seemed to happen to Ava.
The way the author portrays Emi’s sexuality, as something fundamental, as the truth instead of a revelation, was refreshing. Emi navigates elation, heartbreak and newfound love and through it all there is no struggle to come to terms with her sexuality. That is not to say that the literary world does not need novels that explore the more difficult aspects of sexuality. Just that this novel managed to portray a light airy romance between two girls, which is important in demonstrating that the world is always growing more accepting of the LGBT community.
I was completely enamoured with the movie production aspects of this novel. Emi’s passion for set decorating and movies was all encompassing, which really endeared me to her. However you would think that a novel, which is big on decoration, would have a little more description. Even the dialogue felt forced and trivial and I knew before the first a hundred pages were up I was going to finish this novel disappointed.