First Published by Dutton books in 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
5 out of 5 stars
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.
I’m actually sad that this is a stand alone! I feel like I could read infinite amounts of books about Em, Charlotte and Ava! I love everything about these wonderful characters and the heartfelt detail that was put into this book and it’s characters!
I really felt like this was a homage to cinema, you could just feel Em, Charlotte and Toby’s passion for various aspects of the movie industry, I love how much detail was put into describing Emi’s role as a budding and blooming production designer, like, what a visual feast for the eyes! And I felt Emi’s passion in wanting to ensure that the props reflected the characters’ habits and stories that they were telling, I felt like I could picture everything and it was utterly fabulous!
From the start, this book had my heart and truly didn’t let go, with the discovery of a very powerful and important letter from a movie star to a loved one, begins a search that set the reader on such a journey and there was never a dull moment, there were scenes where I felt uplifted, inspired and devastated all together! Nina LaCour, although I’d only really read one of her books before (You Know Me Well, which she co authored with David Levithan), has the ability to create such vivid and effective scenes that just left me craving more!
I won’t say too much about the relationship enclosed in this book, but it is f/f and easily one of my new favourite pairings! How these two characters interacted throughout just left me so happy and giddy and I was honestly fangirling so much, I mean Emi’s thoughts throughout pertaining to one particular character made me melt, it was perfection throughout!
But aside from this above relationship, I also love the bond between Em and her best friend Charlotte, you could just feel how much one cared for the other, and how one appreciated the other’s work and vice versa, they complimented one another perfectly, and understood one another to a tee! I loved Emi and her family’s bond, Toby sounds like an amazing brother and I loved their interactions too, how they could bond over various things and their parents are lovely too!
Equally powerful was the letter from our film star to Caroline, and then as I learnt about the significance of Caroline I just felt so emotional, what she must have went through! And as we learn more about her, I just couldn’t help but feel more impacted! The title significance too, is amazing and gives me all the feels! I feel like this book is one that I will easily revisit again and again and it’ll always be one that gives me those fuzzy feelings!
Definitely a perfect read for Pride month! 🏳️🌈