Publisher:Dutton Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 15th 2014
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Rating: 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.
What I Loved
- This book is realistic while having this romantic movie feel to it. The characters are dealing with real issues, yes but they also happen to have amazing jobs when they’re just in High School! Then there’s the fact that they happen to discover a letter from a Hollywood legend…which leads to something else entirely!
- The character’s sexuality wasn’t a big deal. Now I know, in real life, that not everyone you meet will actually be this accepting but for once, it was nice to read a book where nobody gives a damn that the MC is lesbian. Also the fact that (for the most part) she’s over that “coming out” stage is a plus.
- Charlotte and Emi’s friendship is amazing. Seriously. Charlotte actually wakes up in the middle of the night because Emi needs to talk about a script she thinks is amazing. Then she proceeds to actually read the whole thing! That kind of loyalty and support is great and Charlotte’s willingness to be there for Emi made me wish she was my friend. The best part is that Charlotte is the kind of friend who won’t stand by and let Emi make bad decisions.
- Emi’s relationship with her brother is so great! I’ve been an only child all my life and it’s books like this that make me wish I had siblings. Her brother’s character is also really developed even though he goes in and out of the story.
- Lastly, a lot of the things Emi struggles with are pretty relatable. For one thing, she’s single and struggling with her feelings for her girlfriend who’s working on the same movie as her. For another, her emotions are really all over the place and she’s confused about her feelings for another girl. I’m pretty sure you don’t have to be lesbian to relate to that.a
What I didn’t like:
The plot could be really predictable and most of the time, I had a feeling I knew where it was going. BUT this didn’t bother me as much as it usually would because I just fell in love with everything else. It was almost soothing actually because I had a feeling that whatever happened, everything would work itself out so I wasn’t really feeling worried.