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It's About Love

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  724 ratings  ·  103 reviews
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 rev
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
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I received an e-arc from Edelweiss, but this does not, in any way, have an impact on my review.
More like a 2.5 stars, but a three.

First of all, thank you to HarperCollins 260 for sending me an e-arc. I really appreciated it and squealed and squealed because it was my very first approved e-arc on Edelweiss (my account was just, an hour old? anyways.) Thank you so, so much.

Yes, thank you, my brethren. Now on with the review.

1, Luke's kaartehan (Filipino term, guys.
Helen Stower
I have to say that based on the title and the cover, I would have never read this book. However, the girls in my student book club convinced me to read it and I really have to thank them - it’s great. This book oozes menace and tension and from the beginning, the reader is gripped by the fear of what has happened in the past and what that will bring to play in the present.

This is a coming of age story that is difficult to label. The reader is warned about this complexity of plot and theme in cha
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

*I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly*

First, I have a gripe with this book, it doesn't really matter overall, but it annoyed me. Here it is: WHY LUKE AND LEIA???? Why!? They're brother and sister in Star Wars, dang it! Yes, there's that confusing scene where they kiss, but they're brother and sister! Let me be clear, the characters in this book do point that out, it's not as if the author completely ignored it, but it still annoys m
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
4.5 stars Proper loved this. Had me crying several times because it felt really honest and painful.

I really loved It's About Love by Steven Camden. I had heard of the book when it was first published at the beginning of the year but I always felt a little bit on the fence about reading it. I knew it was about two characters, Luke and Leia, and that they meet on a film studies course at college, but nothing else apart from that.

It wasn't until I attended YALC in July that I changed my mind. I he
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley, HarperCollins UK and the author – Steven Camden for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The story is about Luke, he is going to college and meets Leia for the first time – yeah, Star Wars! He feels something in there, but he’s uncertain about what she thinks and feels. He is bouncing between his current college life, his current life with friends and his past life in the shade of his brother Marc, who is returning to his life after
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a real thinker for me. I knew I liked Steven Camden's work before I started it but wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this novel. I am glad to report that it was as good as I had hoped it would be and left me with loads to think about.

I loved the way the story was told. It was a mix of traditional narrative and screen play notes which makes sense when you know the two main characters meet during their film studies class. The way in which it is told gives you a real chance to
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I've said this time and time again but there is something some raw and real about novels from the UK, or written about the UK. It's just something in them, this grittiness--that says I don't care what is appropriate or normal to you. I'll write what I want. I'll write my reality and I don't care if you can't put it into a mold.

It's About Love pretty much does that. It's not overly romantic even though it is about love. It's not overly anything. It's just this story that you read and you either
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via Maximum Pop. This in no way impacted on my view.

This book was something different, and it's proving hard to rate. I think it's a 3 star read, as I quite enjoyed it, but at the same time didn't, if you know what I mean? It's About Love follows the life of Luke Henry, a 16 year old coming to terms with his brother's return after two years in prison, a new college, and balancing his old friends with his new. Luke struggled with his anger a lo
May 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
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This eBook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

It’s About Love
is not a typical love story. The author of Tape, Steven Camden, has written a story from the point of view of a sixteen-year-old boy named Luke. In his first week of college he meets a girl in his film studies class. Her name is Leia and, ignoring the Star Wars connection, their passion for film makes them the perfect partners.

Luke, however, comes from a very troubling background. He has purpo
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by Steven Camden, and it certainly won't be the last, judging on the quality of the writing in It's About Love.

It is a love story, but it's also so much more than that. Like many YA books, it doesn't fit neatly into a pigeon hole. Yes, it's about love, but it's also about family, friends, growth, and generally being a teenager with secrets and angst and terror and wonder. I confess, I had a mini cry in this book, but not in a place I expected. What affected me wa
Aliaa El-Nashar
Sep 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
What is up with my luck today? This is two for two in just bad books I DNF'd.

I think I have less patience now when stories aren't to my liking, and for the first two chapters, that's all I got from this book. I know that there's a huge possibility that I might end up understanding why Luke was acting as a class-A prick for the first two chapters, but do I actually care? Not really.

You have this pretentious douche, who isn't actually rich or anything, or angry at the world, just an annoying jerk
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Luke and Leia both have Dads who are massive Star Wars fans. They are in the same film studies course. They work on a project together and their ideas fit perfectly. It's like they're meant for each other. It's like in the movies. Only it isn't. It's real life, and sometimes, the past gets in the way.

This was a wonderful novel. I admit that it was cliché in many points - the film aspects, the ideas t
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this from a very awesome book blogger friend after meeting Mr Camden at an author event last year and talking to her at length about him and his first novel, Tape.

I really enjoyed the way this book flowed. Reading almost like a screenplay, the main character's story slowly unfolded, teasing early on then answering questions the earlier chapters raised towards the middle, this book is definitely an interesting read. Despite being written from the perspective of a somewhat ty
Isobel Radakovic

I'd heard mixed things about Camden's Tape, so I was wary about this going in to it, but I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the general premise, of a romance formed due to a film studies class at sixth-form because it seemed like something I could easily visualise, and I did really like how realistic it was, how something similar has probably happened many times. I enjoyed reading from Luke's POV, and how he didn't have the best background. A good book.
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: her-shelf
It was one of those "read because I had nothing else to do" reads. So I had no expectation how it would turn out and it turned out okay.

Story was simple, characters were okay and some of the one-liners were quote worthy.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love love looooved this book!!! I loved it. I loved the characters and the backstory and just the way the main character Luke's train of thought was like a movie/script. I want more from this author, he is fantastic.

We live our choices.
Dayna J.
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
"I am a maker. I am a builder of ideas."
Oct 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Amazing. A little cheesy if you're not into contemporary, but amazing. It was so perfect, the way the plot was built and the story it was a magical combination of beautiful words and a strong plot.
Different from the cliché romance novels. A book about two people who love movies more than anything.
"He's Luke. She's Leia. Just like in Star Wars. Just like they're made for each other."
Steven Camden has written this entire book so well, that every line to me sounded like the best quote ever. Am de
Jess Wadey
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5/5 ⭐️ This book really wasn’t what I expected. I’ve never read anything by Steven Camden before so I didn’t know what to expect. It took me a while to get into the book (about 70 pages) and I didn’t understand what some paragraphs were for. However, once I got to the end it all made sense.

I have never been shocked by the ending of a book but this really did shock me! It’s About Love follows the story of Luke Henry, a 16 year old from a ‘rougher’ part of town who goes to a college in the posh
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 Stars

“There are only two types of crying. Think what you want. I don’t know you, or where you’re from, but where we’re from, there’s two kinds of tears.

There’s the tears that come for someone else. Tears you cry because you’re watching something bad happen to somebody you love, or something coming to an end. Those tears come quickly. They start right at the moment - usually a goodbye, for a while or forever - and they belong to whoever’s leaving. They are the feeling that colours the pictu
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I think I really liked the concept of the novel, but I think it could've been executed better. I liked the contrast between life in a film, and life in the present. It put things into perspective and really let you see how movies are never really like real life. I enjoyed the fact that Steven Camden kept alluding to the idea that life is never a film, and it's not all sunshine and rainbows, and it's things like this that we don't see in the movies.

I liked the level of insight we got into each ch
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
It's About Love by Steven Camden wasn't really what expected from the title. The book is broken down into five parts: Waiting., Facing., Breaking., Idiot vs Maker., Epilogue? The first quarter of the book was very vague and didn't show much background information. Although does show parts of Luke and Leia's relationship building and contributes to the plot. The rest of the book slowly brings in the plot the other characters of the book, such as Noah, Marc, and Craig. The older brother Marc who j ...more
Milly Paris
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a bit slow to start but overall I really enjoyed it. I got so frustrated with Luke for the first half of the story. He was moody for no reason and it drove me insane. Such a typical teenager (which is something I struggle to relate to now that I'm 24). It also annoyed me how none of the boys would talk about their feelings but I guess that's just true to the real world... That said however, I loved all the other characters. His parents, his brother, his friends. The second half of ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Luke meets Leia in his media class where teacher Noah, was once in a film he wrote himself. As Luke and Leia work together, their world's collide as Luke's brother Marc gets released from prison after he caused ABH, Like finds himself questioning whom he truly is after a few brushes with fights himself and discovering why Leia suddenly goes quiet on him after they'd been getting along so well.

It was quite slow in places but the drama about violence and aggressive behaviour from siblings was int
Chent Higson
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
2.5 stars
This was...fine. For the most part, it felt like an early YA, like the sort of YA that people who don’t read YA think YA is. I had my issues with it. The main character was kind of a dick, and not in the way he was written to be. There was the odd red flag, like when Luke labelled himself as ‘YOUNG MAN’ in the script but labelled Leia (who was the same age as him) as ‘GIRL’. Not a fan. I’m also not sure if the way violence was portrayed was particularly different or significant in some
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I loved the tension and the unraveling of the plot. I loved that Luke was a character who tried but failed to express himself and was so confused that he lashed out at people he loved. Luke felt real. He was unsure and insecure and his life wasn’t perfect and there is every chance that not everything in his life will work out but that is ok because it made it real.

I loved Noah, he is a good friend and teacher and we all need someone with words as kind, understanding and wisdo
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've read in a long time. It's real, raw and true - the emotions and characters are portrayed beautifully throughout. The book deals with the real life issues and problems and doesn't sugar coat them. Definitely one of my favourites. The references to Eminem, Blackpool and Star Wars had me smiling throughout.
Rachael Carter
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
for me it was a difficult to understand book. the parts I understood and could follow along with was great. maybe I'm just not the type to read a play type of book. I'm not sure. but was a cute love story
Gemma Morgan
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me as a present- I would have missed it otherwise.
I enjoyed this book, it was easy to read, the characters interested me and I liked the slow unravelling of past events and what had led characters to where they are now.
Definitely glad I gave it a chance.
Chelsea Jayde Shepherd
it keeps you pulled in and reading but also doesn't have much of an ending, just kinda floats through the book
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Steven Camden is one of the most acclaimed spoken-word artists in the country. As Polarbear, he has performed extensively around the UK and internationally. He also writes plays, teaches storytelling in schools, and was a lead artist for Ministry of Stories and The Roundhouse poetry collective.

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