- Publisher: E P Dutton & Co Inc
- Format: Hardback | 307 pages
- Dimensions: 148mm x 212mm x 24mm | 440g
- Publication date: 15 May 2014
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0525425888
- ISBN 13: 9780525425885
- Sales rank: 14,719
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.
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Nina LaCour (www.ninalacour.com) is the author of the award-winning "Hold Still" and widely acclaimed "The Disenchantments." Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Oakland, California.
By TheBookHangover 11 Aug 2014
First things first, can I just take a minute to talk about how amazing it was to read a book with a LGBT+ character where there isn't this big deal about her coming to terms with her sexuality or anything of the sort. Also: multicultural character.
I also really enjoyed how it dealt with a different aspect of the movie industry. The main character isn't an actress or director or anything super ~glamourous. Emi is a production designer, and it's so damn awesome.
Emi was one of the greatest main characters that I've read in a while. Her character growth is amazing and her passion for set design was kind of inspiring. Charlotte is so supportive of Emi, but she still has her own life and her own dreams. Jamal was an absolutely fantastic character as well. We didn't get too see him much as he was introduced later on in the novel, but I fell hard. Last but not least, Ava. The great mystery. I loved the direction her character took in this book.
There isn't much that I didn't like about this story, however I do feel like there are a couple loose ends that didn't quite get tied up. But this is just me playing the semantics game.
An uplifting story that left me with tears in my eyes.
By Ryann Dannelly 06 Jul 2014
What a fun and charming summer read. I flew through the pages and really enjoyed going on EmiÃ??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s journey with her. If youÃ??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??re looking for light contemporary reads for the summer, this is definitely a book to pick up.
What makes it stand out from other YA contemporaries is the setting. ItÃ??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s entirely set in the Hollywood film world. The reader is taken behind the scenes with EmiÃ??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s job to see all the effort and thought that goes into how movie sets are constructed. I had never really put much focus into looking at set designs when watching movies until now.
EmiÃ??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s world is a neat one to jump into for a fresh perspective, plus I really enjoyed her voice. ItÃ??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s a wonderful story with excellent writing on Nina LacourÃ??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s part. If youÃ??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??re a fan of YA contemporaries, check this one out before the summer is through because, letÃ??????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s be honest, a nice light contemporary adventure pairs perfectly with the summer time.
(Also on a side note, the cover is gorgeous. Am I right?)
Accolades for "The Disenchantments" YALSA Best Books for Young Adults (2013); "Kirkus" Best Teen Book of 2012; A "Publishers Weekly" Best Summer Book "This is about the inside and outside of characters, the past and future of their lives--and it is astonishing." -"Booklist," starred review "Quietly compelling...well rendered, bittersweet and hopeful." -"Los Angeles Times " "A rich tapestry that will make readers confident that they are in the hands of a master storyteller. ... Hauntingly beautiful." -"Kirkus Reviews," starred review "Each roadtripper has his or her own artistic way of chronicling the individual journeys they are on together, and that introspection draws the reader into this intimate novel." -"NPR.org" "LaCour skillfully draws connections between art and life as she delves into the heart of her characters." -"Publishers Weekly," starred review "LaCour's writing style is laid-back, low key, and totally on point." -"VOYA," starred review "Enchanting in its depiction of the cusp of young disenchantment, this realistic novel will hit home with many thoughtful YAs." -"School Library Journal," starred review Accolades for "Hold Still: " 2010 William C. Morris Honor Book; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults (2010); "Publishers Weekly "Flying Start ""Hold Still "may be the truest depiction of the aching, gaping hole left in the wake of a suicide that I've ever read. But it's anything but depressing and gloomy--it's also about the tender shoots of new relationships that grow unexpectedly out of tragedy. A haunting and hopeful book about loss, love, and redeption." -Gayle Forman, author of "If I Stay" "A beautifully written, gently moving account of a long goodbye that will resonate with anyone who has ever had to let go before they were ready." -Sara Zarr, author of "Once Was Lost" "LaCour makes an impressive debut with an emotionally charged young adult novel abo