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It’s About Love Paperback – August 4, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Star-crossed lovers, people from two different worlds, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks—Camden takes all of these clichés and blows past them in this novel. Luke is smart and creative and sees the world as a filmmaker does. He's been filling notebooks with observations and bits of dialogue for years. He will be a screenwriter or filmmaker some day if he stays out of trouble and successfully becomes the first in his family to attend college. Fellow film studies student Leia may be better off financially than Luke, but she has known grief in her life, which grounds her. The semester has just begun when Luke's older brother is released from jail. Having Marc around changes almost all the dynamics of Luke's life and causes some very bad people to pay attention to Luke's family. There are film script directions interspersed throughout, setting up scenes. The story moves quickly, and one can almost see the movie it would make: a rougher John Hughes romance. While "working class meets upper class" may sound like a familiar tale, these characters are not stereotypes but real people with complexity and layers. The ending is happier than readers might expect, though it's not all blue skies and rainbows, which is consistent with the honesty with which Camden writes. Readers will want to see the movies Luke and Leia make. VERDICT This titles will have wide appeal for many teens: the filmmakers, the dreamers, the writers, and the love story fans.—Geri Diorio, Ridgefield Library, CT
About the Author
Steven Camden is a leading spoken-word poet, performing as Polarbear. He also writes radio plays, teaches storytelling in schools, and was a lead artist for The Ministry of Stories.
You can find out more about Steven at www.facebook.com/stevencamdentheauthor and you can also follow him on twitter at @homeofpolar.
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Leia pursues Luke, but their relationship is anything but smooth. She’s got her own baggage, and there’s bound to be conflict with Luke’s past.
The story deals with a lot of topics affecting teens these days. Luke wants out of the circumstances he’s been dealt, and he has the presence of mind to know that more education presents a way out – but at the same time he’s plagued with the fear that he’s got anger management issues – like his brother – that could be tragic if they spin out of control. He’s not sure how to act around Leia, not sure of himself at home, and not at all sure how to feel about or act around his brother. Luke’s parents throw wrenches into the works of his psyche with their relationship, and he discovers that his teacher is an uncomfortable mirror for him, creating a rich and complicated connection.
The story is a solid read, with likable and relatable characters from working-class backgrounds. It’s a smart romance, with the characters working through their feelings in typically teen fashion – lots of angst and analyzing. The Star Wars references are a bonus.
Teens looking for a different kind of read will enjoy It’s About Love for its casual, first-person narration; its introspective storytelling, and its solid character development.
I didn't think I would end up liking this book. As a matter of fact, for about half the book, I was ambivalent. It was probably the writing style, which takes a bit getting used to. Luke and Leia meet in film studies class and the book is a mixture of traditional narrative and screenplay notes. I loved their relationship and how it evolved. It was slow burn and witty banter and awkward silences . . . you know, exactly how a new relationship should be. Luke is a moody teenager whose family was torn apart when his brother went to prison for beating up and nearly killing a neighborhood bully. I loved every single character in this book, but I especially loved the relationship between Luke and his brother, Marc. I didn't understand at first why Luke was so unhappy about his brother being out of prison, but I kind of understood by the end. There are some great scenes between the brothers and some awesome character development. Reading the synopsis, I thought this would be a love story. But it is so much more. This book was about love and it was also about family and friendship and Luke realizing that he is more than his past.