25 October 2014

Review: Everything Leads to You

Everything Leads to You
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Closer to a 4.5, but I really enjoyed this.

The story centers around two girls obsessed with old movies, and, upon hearing that a famous star is having an estate sale following his death, end up purchasing an old record that has a letter inside to be delivered. This places them on a path that introduces them to the actor's family, uncovers a lot of old problems, and creates a lot of new relationships along the way.

A lot of the focus, as I've read up on this now that I'm done, focuses on the "two girls in romantic love" aspect, and it's actually understated enough to be barely there except as any other love story, which is refreshing and really well done. The story itself isn't bogged down from the old movie subplot/parallel plot, and the voices are realistic as well. Just really well done.

I could quibble a bit about the choices, about the somewhat-rushed ending, about some of the ways the plot winds through, but that would be more negative than deserved. Absolutely a solid read through and through, definitely worth some space in your contemporary young adult reading this year.

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