Spoiler Alert: It’s Not

Spoiler Alert: It’s Not

Hello and happy Wednesday. The title of this post seems a bit aggressive, but I want to let you know that if you plan to pick up It’s About Love by Steven Camden because you think it is a romance book, then don’t because it’s not. This book is about love alright, and it does feature romantic love, but at the center it is a story about love between brothers, about family and being proud of who you are and where you come from. It is definitely a refreshing take on what we usually think when we hear the word “love,” especially related to young adult literature. 

I read this book between February 2nd and February 8th, 2020 and gave it four stars. I did fall into the “trap” of thinking that this would be a cutesy, quick read, and I was honestly in need of that. It is a quick read because you simply can’t stop, you want to know what happens next, and I think the author does a great job at building up suspense and anticipation throughout the plot. It is not, however, cute, and I picked up on that right from the first scene. 

Luke, the main character, is really into films and filmmaking, so we get some movie script inserts throughout the story. The first scene reminded me of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson, so I knew that this book would have me hooked. Violence is present and it is a common theme, so if you are not into that, I don’t think this book is for you. 

Luke is attending college in the fancy part of town and he feels like he doesn’t belong with the rest of his classmates, but he is still very excited to be taking a film class. His life at home is complicated because his brother Marc will soon be released from jail after having been sentenced for physically assaulting the neighborhood bully. At times the sense of doom made me feel like I was reading an Adam Silvera book and I knew that there wouldn’t really be a happy ending. I did, however, appreciate how Luke’s and Marc’s relationship was explored because I don’t think that’s seen often. 

What type of relationship would you like to see more in the books you read? Let me know in the comments. 

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila