Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on May 15th 2014
Genres: YA Contemporary
a novel about the L.A. film scene and unexpected love
Everything Leads to You follows an up and coming set designer in LA who uncovers a mystery while at an estate sale for a deceased Hollywood star. This ends up taking her on a scavenger hunt where she meets an array of people, one of which is a girl she falls in love with.
I was surprised by the mystery element to this story. While the mystery is not sinister in nature, it did keep me intrigued about the outcome throughout the story. The love story shared the spotlight with the mystery element, which I wasn’t expecting. I was expecting contemporary fluff the entire time, so this was a pleasant surprise.
I loved the set design element that was worked in. I never knew anything about set design before, and now I find myself noticing things while watching TV or movies, so that was a neat side effect.
I enjoyed the romance in this story. The main character has been out for a while before the story starts, so this is not her first relationship. While coming out stories are important, it was refreshing that this was not one. I found the story to be very cute and realistic. The romantic scenes focused on consent, and the difference between being in love with a fantasy vs. being in love with the actual person.
Overall, I enjoyed this story and the writing. I look forward to reading more from Nina LaCour.