A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
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.
(taken from goodreads)
This book follows Emi, who is an intern production designer. Very recently she received her first gig thanks to her brother who also works in the industry. She must design a room for a scene that will be shown in a movie and find the right props in order for it to be perfect. Emi can't help but eel like she needs the perfect couch. So she goes with her best friend Charlotte to an estate sale in hopes of finding the couch that she has already envisioned in her mind. While at the sale, both girls come across an old vinyl record with a letter inside. Soon after they find out that it was written by the recently deceased man. For some reason they become really attached to it and agree on finding the person whom this letter was written for.
Throughout the journey, Emi is dealing with the recent breakup with her girlfriend. On top of that, her brother leaves for the summer and tells her that she can have his apartment while he is away as long as she promises to make something out of it. From then on crazy things ensue and I refuse to spoil them for you.
I have only read one other Nina LaCour book (Hold Still) and I absolutely fell in love with that one. This book was not an exception. When I found out about this book, getting my hands on it was pretty much mandatory. Her writing is simply flawless. She has this way of creating such real and relatable characters that you will ultimately find yourself unable to stop reading, ergo very much attached to them. I feel like she portrays each character's emotions really well. To the point where you can't help but feel them yourself. Something that found to be the main point of intrigue was how the book felt like the perfect mix of a contemporary romance, a coming-of-age novel and a mystery all thrown in together creating the most amazing concoction that is this book. On top of that, there were LGBT aspects in this book that were beautifully portrayed. That said, I was really glad to see that we get this sort of thing within the YA genre. Kudos to Nina LaCour!
My love for this book and Nina LaCour's writing is unconditional. And I'm really looking forward to reading her other published book (The Disenchantments) as well as her future work.