Author: Nina LaCour
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication date: 05/15/14
Genre: YA Fiction
Eighteen year old Emi works as a production design intern for a movie during the summer before her first year at college. Together with her best friend Charlotte, she discovers that one of America’s greatest Western film stars had a secret daughter- and granddaughter- that only she can track down. When she eventually finds this missing granddaughter Ava, Emi discovers that although their lives are as different as they could be, their circumstances and mutual loves lead to a quick friendship- and possibly more.
Honestly, I really, really wanted to like this book. I mean, come on- look at this cover. It’s gorgeous! (I always judge books by their covers…) I also really liked the behind the scenes look at the film industry and found out that, even though Emi’s job would seem easy (she chooses set pieces for a movie set), it is actually quite difficult. However, what overshadowed those bright points was the fact you could easily figure out the entire plot line for the “mystery,” and that was apparently a major plot point for the book. Oops.
I’m also kind of divided on the second reason I didn’t like the book. While I didn’t realize it going in, this book centers on Emi’s love life, and while I am really glad that there is finally a novel that doesn’t focus on Emi’s coming out and instead just lets her sexual orientation just be a fact, I became really annoyed during the first 5-6 chapters when all she would complain about was breaking up with her last girlfriend. I mean, come on. Yes, I’m sorry you broke up (for the sixth time), but if I really wanted to sympathize with how terrible you feel, I would watch Lifetime, not pick up a novel with a plot about the glamorous Hollywood film industry. However, I did quite enjoy Emi’s growth as a person by the end of the book, so overall, it’s an ok summer read. Just don’t get your expectations as high as I did because of the pretty cover. ;)
For a quick update on Amber’s life, I didn’t write a full blog last week because – as I noted in my tiny, tiny update blog- I had family come and visit from CT! It was a blast to be reunited with them after 6-7 years. My mom also came to stay for a week… which became 2 weeks after her car’s transmission went out. :( However, that meant I got to enjoy her and my dogs company for even longer! I really enjoyed showing my mom and my cousins around Columbus- I took them to The Book Loft- and we had a great time going to the zoo and renting a ski boat on a nearby lake. I went tubing for the first time! :D :D :D
Hope you all have had as great a couple of weeks as I had- and that’s the reason you haven’t blogged. ;)
Love you guys <3
PS- Love this song. It’s so catchy! Plus the lyrics “I’ll be your ghost, your game, your stadium, I’ll be your fifty-thousand clapping like one” have been echoing in my head for days...
“Love Runs Out” – OneRepublic