Everything Leads to You: Tour Stop

July 9, 2014 2014, contemporary, guest post, Kim 57

Everything Leads to You: Tour StopEverything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Published by Dutton Children's on May 15, 2014
Genres: contemporary
Pages: 307
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.


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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.


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ninalacourAbout the Author

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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Have you read Everything Leads to You, or are you planning to?

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57 Responses to “Everything Leads to You: Tour Stop”

  1. Vivien

    Absolutely looking forward to reading this one from Nina. I just adored Hold Still!!! I’m so excited that you mention a Fairy Tale aspect to this book. I do enjoy realism when it comes to contemporary, but some of my favorite reads have had a more unrealistic approach. It is delightful to hear that female/female relationships are explored without it being in the forefront. There just aren’t enough books out there!! This really sounds like an excellent read!

    • Kim

      I liked it and I’m not really a contemporary reader so there is a vote in its confidence. :)

    • Kim

      It’s a sweet book. I think there are a lot of “too good to be true” elements but if you can get past this book being realistic I think it’s a super enjoyable read.

    • Kim

      Gahhhh. Jen’s library! Get your copies in! :p At least you’re first, though! I hope you love it. :) I’ve heard from folks who’ve read her others that this is her best yet.

  2. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    I am actually planning on reading this one when my blogging hiatus starts; i adore the cover so much because the typography is BEAUTIFUL. I haven’t read a lot of female relationships but I have been wanting to for quite some time!

    Brilliant post <33

    • Kim

      Blogging hiatus? Noooo don’t leave us! (Just kidding. I totally understand.) Isn’t the typography so gorgeous? Ugh. Just love it. I wish the market was just flooded with books like this honestly. I don’t think there could be enough of them.

  3. Sarah J.

    I was actually pleasantly surprised by Everything Leads to You. It’s not my type of story, but I did enjoy one of LaCour’s earlier works. I feel like the writing was much stronger in this one in comparison to other book I’ve read by her. I also loved the movie settings and sets. Plus the script for the movie Emi takes on was absolutely beautiful and touching.
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    • Kim

      Oh man. I can’t believe I completely forgot to mention the movie-within-the-book. I did really enjoy that. I thought the florist scenes was one of the best things in this book. I really enjoyed the movie set aspect too! I worry that someone more intimately familiar with how movies are actually made might have issue but since I am blissfully unaware I was able to really enjoy it. So glad you liked it too. :)

    • Kim

      Yes, it has all of those things and it does them very well! I really, really enjoyed the hazy, dreamy aspect of the writing. She really set the atmosphere well.

  4. starryeyedjen

    Such a lovely post, and I completely agree with this line: “So much of love relies on coincidence and timing.” That is so true. SO TRUE. I believe I will have to find a copy of this novel to fall in love with.
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    • Kim

      Yeah, that line really struck me too. In the book things are maybe just a bit tooo coincidental but it was done in a really lovely way. I think readers who normally like contemporary will really love it.

  5. Nina

    This is definitely going on my TBR pile. The first thing that I noticed about this was the author’s name. I mean, I kind of have to check it out since the author and I share a name right? But the book sounds wonderful either way. I haven’t read much books that has a main character, or any character for that matter, that is not straight, without it defining the story. Which shouldn’t be the case of course, some people are simply gay or lesbian, so some characters should be too. Can’t wait to read this one!

    • Kim

      Ha I would feel the same way about a book authored by a Kim. :) I really did love that this is a non-issue book featuring a lesbian protagonist. There just need to be more books like this. Issue books are important, sure. But so are books like these. It would mean a lot to queer teens, I know. And it’s good for straight teens (or anyone really) to see the normalization of queerness in literature. I hope you enjoy it!

    • Kim

      This one is all about fate and how/if that intersects with choices and consequence. It’s really an interesting book and a gorgeous love story. I hope you love it!

  6. Jasprit

    This is a gorgeous post Kim. I had seen quite a few high star ratings for this book, but I think this is the first review I have read for this book. I was lucky enough to find a copy of this book in my bookstore (it never usually keeps US titles) and grab a copy. So I can’t wait to experience the gorgeous writing and setting that Lacour has set up for myself!
    Jasprit recently posted…Review: Nine Uses for an Ex-Boyfriend by Sarra Manning

    • Kim

      You’re in for a treat! I can only imagine how much readers who usually enjoy contemporary (unlike me) will like this one considering all it has going for it. Beautiful writing, gorgeous setting, and a love story that passes as if in a dream. Lovely.

    • Kim

      Ha. I find myself thinking the same. It is definitely both charming and cute though can also be quite serious in turns. It’s never an issue book, though. Not at all. I’d say it’s a mix of serious and fluff. A little more fluff than serious but I always prefer that anyway!

  7. Louise

    I’m ashamed to say that this book has been sitting on my shelf since April, when I was lucky enough to get an ARC at TxLA. What is WRONG with me?! Even though I didn’t initially think that this book was my “type” (a teen love story set in LA? ummm IDK) I’ve read so many glowing reviews that I think it is time to move this one to the top of the ol’ TBR pile.
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    • Kim

      This isn’t really a “Kim book” either, but I still enjoyed it. It’s really a sweet story and there’s even a good bit of depth here that I find usually lacking in contemporary romances. It’s definitely worth giving it a shot!

  8. E

    This sounds brilliant, Kim – thanks for letting me know about it! I’m so happy that there’s a female/female relationship treated in a normal way. Have you read any other YA books that deal with it like this? Because usually it is an Issue and is treated as such, if you know what I mean – not negatively, but it’s definitely a Big Deal. Make sense?
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    • Kim

      Oh I totally get what you mean. You’ll have to take my opinion for what it’s worth as I don’t usually read much contemporary-but I have never read a book with a f/f relationship that was presented in such a matter of fact, non-issue way. There needs to be more books like this. Happy to get this one on your radar!

  9. Carina Olsen

    Aw, amazing post sweetie :D Thank you for sharing. <3 You make the book sound pretty beautiful. I'm not sure yet if I want to read it, as I read so little of this genre. But I do like the sound of it. And that gorgeous cover. Sigh. :)
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    • Kim

      I’m not really a contemporary reader myself but this is really beautifully written and a sweet love story. There’s more depth than I usually find in contemporary romance. Yet it still seems like a fairy tale. A most interesting combination.

  10. Lily

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book for months but i never do for one reason or another but i just want to read this one so bad! I love the fact that like you said, it’s not an issues book. Her sexuality is never an issue or a big thing, it’s just there and explored like any other romance in YA is. LOVE LOVE LOVE That!
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    • Kim

      If this is your sort of book I have no doubt that you will love it. It’s beautifully written and the non-issue lesbian romance is so lovely and refreshing. Get your hands on it!

    • Kim

      I know. It was awesome. A matter of fact lesbian contemp? Sign me up!

  11. Larissa

    (Please let this comment post or else I’m done. Haha been having issues commenting lately)

    I’ve been intrigued by this one ever since I saw the cover. It’s just so pretty c: I’m quite intrigued by this “fairy tale like feel” you described being present in this story. That definitely sounds appealing to me, and I do enjoy stories that take that magic of love and writing it in a way that seems fairytale like. I’m also glad that this story focuses on not only the positive aspects of love, but also the harder to deal with and emotionally painful aspects.

    Ahhhh yes! I’m also so glad that the lesbian relationship one isn’t treated as some big issue that the character has with copious emotional upheaval. Instead it’s just like any other relationship and treated normally. It’s just a fact and is present but not shown as this huge obstacle.

    I’m really excited for this one c: Really hope to be able to read it soon

    • Kim

      Your comment came through! Hurrah!

      I lovvvvve that cover and I think it really sets the tone for the book (if that makes any sense). To me the book seemed like a fairy tale because most of what happens is a lot of “too good to be true” coincidences that would never, ever happen in real life. But it works here. The whole story sort of passes as if in a dream. It has that hazy feel. But it also really skillfully captures that dizzy feeling of falling in love.

      And yes! A million high fives to this book for treating the lesbian relationship as no big deal. It isn’t a big deal to Emi. There’s absolutely no angst here. Just 100% lady love haha. The way that Emi and Ava discover that they’re both into girls is really cute too. There’s just generally a lot of cute stuff going on here. I hope you love it!

  12. Amir

    Just the fact that the lesbian relationship is not portrayed as an issue and is treated like any normal relationship already sold me on this book! I grew up with a lesbian aunt so I never really looked at her relationships as an “issue.” It just is! I don’t read contemporary as often as I used to but I’m definitely reading this one!
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    • Kim

      I knowwwww. It was so refreshing and wonderful. It’s the first book I’ve read where a lesbian relationships was just matter of fact and treated as normally as any hetero relationship usually is. And I’m not really a contemporary reader either so the fact that I liked this one should speak volumes.

  13. Nikki

    I’m not actually sold on the fairy tale aspect of it but I’m definitely sold just with this statement: “Even better, this isn’t an “issue” book, and Emi’s sexuality is never approached as a thing. It just is.” Finally! Being straight in a book isn’t a “thing” or an “issue” so its nice to see that same perception being played out in the GLBT lit.

    • Kim

      I know, right? Granted, I don’t read much contemporary but this is the first time I can recall coming across a book with a gay protagonist where the character’s sexuality isn’t the center of the book. I love this book so much for that. This book would have gone a long way and meant a lot to me as a teen. I wish I’d had a book like it.

    • Kim

      Glad to do so! This was definitely different from a lot of contemporaries I’ve read. There’s definitely a “too good to be true” vibe going on in but done a really skilled and realistic way. Definitely a unique. And the writing is to die for as well.

  14. Pili

    I wasn’t exactly sure about this one, because I’m not huge on contemporaries, but it sounds quite different and interesting to warrant being added to the TBR list!
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    • Kim

      I’m not really one for contemporary either but I would almost call this like “realistic fantasy.” It’s all very much this story of fate/coincidence and things are all just a little too good to be true. But in a really delightful way.

    • Kim

      It’s a gorgeously written book and such a sweet love story. I think contemporary fans will really like this one.