by Nina LaCour
Publish Date: May 15, 2014
Publisher: Dutton Books
Genre: LGBT/Contemporary Fiction/YA Lit/Romance
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
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.
I loved this book. It was an honest look at love, heartbreak, and friendship. It is beautiful.
To be honest, the thing that drew me to this book was the cover. It is absolutely beautiful. I had cover lust when I first saw it, and wanted the book because of it alone. Just—everything about that cover. I bought this book because of the cover alone, and it was the best decision I made.
I’m so much better with imaginary people and their imaginary lives. -pg. 79
The main character, Emi is in highschool, interning as a set designer that her on-again-off-again girlfriend, Morgan, got for her. After having been broken up with for the sixth time, she needs something to distract her from her heartache. When she and her best friend Charlotte attend the estate sale of the late Clyde Wilder, it leads them to Ava. She is unlike anyone that Emi has ever met, and soon, she finds herself with a crush on Ava.
What’s the use in waiting until the right moment if that moment never comes?“ I say. “What if the moment escapes you in a split second when your focus was elsewhere? -pg. 284
Besides the Emi’s story, I learned more about the movie industry than I thought I would. It was a look into the magic that goes into the movie sets, and just how much work it is. I loved that. When books usually deal with the movie industry, it’s with actors, actresses, producers, directors, etc. But this one was behind the scenes, and I loved that.
For all that I loved Emi and Ava, my favorite character was probably Charlotte. She was there for Emi through everything. She is the friend that I hope I am to my friends-someone who is there through thick and thin, and is the shoulder to lean on and the person to vent to. I just loved her.
I blew through this book. I was finally able to sit down with it last night, and once I did, I couldn’t put it down. This is a great, light read, something that would be a good summer read. Nina LaCour’s writing is beautiful. Definitely give this book a try!