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Title: On the Right Track
Author: Sam Kadence
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 184 pages
Rating: Triple Shot of Yum
Blurb: A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Ryunoski “Ru” Nakimura knows all about the trappings of fame. Expelled from a boy band for coming out as gay, he still wants to continue his career in music. Too bad his ex finds nothing better to do than exploit their relationship in the press, so Ru leaves California behind to lie low in Minnesota for a while.
Adam Corbin attends a Minnesota high school and wants to coast through as a typical student. He’s friends with an openly gay student, Bas Axelrod, but while Adam plays football, he also stays away from much socializing. Blending in and not outing himself has been easy because he’s never really been seriously interested in any of the guys he’s encountered.
When Adam meets Ru in a library, Adam begins to think he’s found that special young man who might make it worthwhile to just be himself. And for Ru, Adam looks like someone he might trade his fame for, if they could be together. Ru and Adam will both come to realize that courage and love must go hand in hand if they are to have a future.
Review: I liked Ru, I really did. And I found Adam to be sweet and interesting. The way these two meet, just a random encounter and how they begin their relationship sets the pace. For my personal taste this book was a little too heavy on teen angst which pulled me out of the story.
And if I am being honest, I had the feeling at times that it was just 1D fanfiction. I couldn’t shake that feeling off enough to be able to enjoy this story.
Let´s focus on the positive side of it.
The message of this book, which earns it the stars, was so moving. One of the main plot lines refers to bullying, Sebastian (Bas) Adam´s best friend is a victim of it, and later on, once Adam is out he is also a victim, but one that is able to stand up for himself and turn into a beacon to other school victims.
Learning about Bas, what happened to him, his feelings at the time, and how one kind word can change someone´s life… this is the message I take away from the book. Bas’s story is unfinished and he so deserves his own HEA, and I hope one day his book will be written.
The author gets bonus points for pointing readers in the direction of another great YA title, “Prayers for Bobby” by Leroy Aarons. Adam’s father shares this book with his son, not out of fear for Adam´s life, but to show his support, and to tell him that no matter what he was always going to be there for him. Sadly the events in the book put that statement to the test with everything going on at school.
Adam and Ru’s relationship is slow, it’s all about the discovery, finding out how the boy next door will fit with the famous rock star. But it is also just about two boys, learning to love, one for the first time and one again after a not so easy break up.
As I said earlier the angst wasn’t to my taste, but it has such a positive message, and I hope that once you read about these boys you’ll realize how much your actions can affect others.
A must read if you have teens in the house, for them as well as for you. We can all learn something from Adam, kindness can change the world, (or the school you go to), one kid at a time.
Reviewed by Connie
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