Grades 9-12 A dream job, a film legend’s living legacy, a shining mystery, and an epic sun-soaked summer—it’s the stuff of Hollywood, and that’s the stuff for Emi. She is 18, a set designer, and a deep believer in the romance of the movies. When a series of coincidences lead her to beautiful and talented Ava, the long-lost granddaughter of a film cowboy, Emi no longer just works in the movies, she is living in one. But as the final kiss and a fade to black seem just within reach, Emi begins to see that life outside of the frame is messier and harder, but has the potential to be much more rewarding. Emi is smart, sweet, and sexy, and through her infatuation with Ava, she grows in her understanding of herself, her privilege, and her role in the movie of life. Their chaste, careful romance focuses on emotion and expectation: the problems of any teens in love. Mature in tone more so than content, this is summer love for the ages. -- Booth, Heather (Reviewed 06-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 19, p92)
Everything Leads to You
This nominee is by author Nina Lacour. While working as a film production designer in Los Angeles, Emi finds a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend which leads Emi to Ava who is about to expand Emi's understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.