Real life is messier than the movies. A bold, thought-provoking novel from the exceptionally talented, Steven Camden.
He’s Luke. She’s Leia.
Just like in Star Wars. Just like they’re made for each other. Same film studies course, different backgrounds, different ends of town.
Only this isn’t a film. This is real life. This is where monsters from the past come back to take revenge. This is where you are sometimes the monster.
But real life? Sometimes, only sometimes, it turns out just like in the movies…
I quite liked Steven Camden’s first book Tape, even if it wasn’t perfect. I enjoyed It’s About Love much more. Despite the title and it featuring a couple falling for each other, it’s not really about a romance, well not only anyway, because it turns out the title is quite apt, the book is about love. love in many different forms.
I do worry though that the title and cover (if the final version matched the theme of my ARC anyway), is going to put off many teenage boys, who would actually get quite a lot out of the story.
Luke and Leia (her parents are big Star Wars fans) meet at the same film studies course, and from the start she begins to chip away and the defensive walls he has built up around himself. They come from very different worlds, and there’s definitely some misunderstandings between them and their friends.
Camden mixes up the chapters with entries from Luke’s journal, and script directions that set up each chapter, as a poet, Steven Camden obviously has a way with words, and it I really liked the way it worked as a way to tell the story.
As I say, the book is about different forms of love and is as much about Luke’s relationships with his family and specifically his brother, and the events from their pasts whose repercussions are still being felt.
I really liked the characters in this one, and the fact their lives are messy, the good, the bad, and yes the ugly are part of their lives and Steven Camden does a great job showing that, and letting it still be a part of them as they navigate though it. The past doesn’t necessarily need to be put behind you, to move on.
Here is Steven Camden’s introductory poem about the book.
My copy of the book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.