“We love films because they makes us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into the eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing. But also. they tell us to remember; they remind us of life. Remember, they say, how much it hurts to have your heart broken.”
Summary: 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.
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance
Cover: This cover is so soothing to look at and I adore how light it is. It definitely caught my eyes when I was shopping for contemporary novels because it’s so simplistic.
My thoughts: This novel is centered around a movie junkie named Emi who is working as an intern to a production designer in Hollywood. In the movie studio, Emi works alongside her on-and-off-again girlfriend who she can’t seem to let go of no matter how many times they break up. That is until Emi and her best friend, Charlotte, get caught up in a small mystery centered around a recently deceased actor named Clyde Jones. This sends them on a journey to find the movie star’s granddaughter named Ava who he wrote about in a letter that Emi and Charlotte found. Caught in a whirlwind of movie-making, mystery, and family, Ava and Emi eventually meet and grow closer as they unfurl Ava’s past she has to come to terms with.
I absolutely loved this novel and can’t think of one thing wrong with it. Emi is this lovely girl that works on movie sets, trying to make a name for herself as a production designer in Hollywood. She’s so passionate about creating certain atmospheres for movie sets and is determined in any task she is given. She willingly spends most of her days helping her new friend Ava learn more about her past while also working on a small indie movie she falls in love with. She was one of the sweetest characters I’ve read about, and it was a breath of fresh air to read about an openly lesbian girl who isn’t afraid to express her sexuality.
This book is such a light and quick read that is written poetically and isn’t rushed in any way. The story unfolds like a movie, with well paced scenes and characters that all impact the story in different ways. Rather than being a book about the cruel competition of Hollywood movie-making, this story is centered around characters coming together with the shared love for creating films that will stick with audiences for days on hand. This novel was so positive and fun to read that I managed to finish it in two days because it was so entertaining.
Another element to this story that I was obsessed with was the slow burning romance between Ava and Emi. It didn’t happen instantly in a way that overwhelmed me. Instead it grew stronger as they both developed their own characters as the story progressed. This summery story definitely lived up to the hype it has received all over social media, and I highly recommend it to every contemporary book lover or anyone who wants to delve into LGBT novels.
Things I loved about the story
- All the characters’ love for movies
- Emi being an openly lesbian character
- The cute romance between Ava and Emi