Back in 2011 I read "Hold Still" by Nina LaCour, this book made me cry and yet I adore it. The book made me so emotional, made me feel so many wondrous things and since that day I have been a fan of the YA novels by author Nina LaCour. "Hold Still" is a book about loss and grief that stayed with me long after I finished the last page, it's a quiet and yet very powerful story for all ages. It's a book that made me love grief novels even though I normally stay away from them.
Then came "The Disenchantments" and while I enjoyed the book, it wasn't perfect for me, I didn't love the book as much as I wanted to. And yes, that pained me for some time and I learned to live with it.
I still think that the art that with published and sold to celebrate the book is amazing, that's why you can find the poster above still in my bedroom.
And now there is "Everything leads to you", the book was published last year in hardcover and is already out in paperback format. I finally bought a copy a few weeks ago and read it two days ago. When starting with the book my expectations were as high as they could possibly be. I loved the sound of the story, thought that the mix of romance and coming of age story could be perfect, knew that LaCour's writing style would work for me and loved the colour scheme of the hardcover.
Emi, the main character of the novel, is a young production designer and of course has a great eye for colours, so it's only fitting that the lilac and rose tones of the book fit together perfectly. Sometimes a book looks amazing, but then you look under the dusk jacket and are shocked that the colour you discover doesn't match the rest of the book design, this time just the opposite is the case and thank goodness for it.
The story of "Everything leads to you" is a mix of love story and coming of age, it's a story about friendship, family, love, new beginnings and life in general. Once again Nina LaCour developed characters that I can believe in, I can see them walking down the street in LA, I can feel their emotions and believe in their feelings.
Once again the book is a quiet one, the drama is never over the top, there are no unnecessary fights to make everything more dramatic. What you get are real characters with real emotions, what you get is a powerful story that doesn't need to be loud and shouty to transport important messages, what you get is in my opinion amazingly beautiful and I can't wait to find out what Nina LaCour will publish next.