Published by Dutton Children's on May 15, 2014
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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.
I am so happy to be hosting the tour stop at The Midnight Garden for this hazy, dreamy, lovely summer read. I’m not one for contemporary usually, but this book has such a fantastic almost fairy tale like feel in its telling. It makes sense when you think about it. Isn’t love itself a sort of magic? And there’s so much more underneath the surface. Love lost and and love found. There is both tragedy and blessing. This book encapsulates it all.
And, of course, I love, love, love seeing female/female relationships being explored in YA. Even better, this isn’t an “issue” book, and Emi’s sexuality is never approached as a thing. It just is. I really adored how normally and matter of fact her lesbian relationships are portrayed. For queer girls like me, it truly gladdens my heart to see it; especially in YA.
I just love what Nina has to say below about the importance of coincidence and timing when it comes to love. This is a delightful read for anyone who’s ever felt that perfect intersection of kismet. And for those who hope for it.
Nina LaCour divulges details about Emi’s love interest in EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU:
In the very beginning of Everything Leads to You, Emi and her best friend, Charlotte, find themselves at the Hollywood estate sale of a recently deceased actor, famous for his roles in Westerns. While there, Emi is overcome with the feeling that she’s meant to be there. It isn’t something she can describe or explain, but it’s real. Emi and Charlotte buy a Patsy Cline record, and later that night, when they go to play it, a letter slips out.
Whether or not you believe in fate, so much of love relies on coincidence and timing. I fully embraced fate in this novel, and knew that the letter would lead Emi to love. I don’t want to give away too much about the girl Emi will fall for. I will say that she has a tragic and mysterious past, but that her past does not define her. She’s had a much more difficult life than Emi and Charlotte have, but she’s stronger because of it, and she and Emi have so much to offer each other.
Nina LaCour is the author of the award-winning Hold Still and widely acclaimed The Disenchantments. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Oakland, California.
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