Title: Love Is in the Title
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Characters: Luke Holston, Cameron Anders
POV: 3rd Person
Setting: Westmoreland, VA
Sub-Genre: Young Adult
Cover Rating: 4
Luke requests songs for the late show with Roscoe. Songs that mean something to him and the people around him. Lately he has been requesting songs for the boy he watches from afar. The gorgeous dark haired blue eyed captain of the football team, Cameron.
One night, and the last request, and all of Luke’s secrets spill. It seems though, that he isn’t the only one with secrets.
High School, a time of heartbreak and hope, a time of torment and perseverance. It is the time between adolescent crushes and the very adult sort of love that signals the beginning of a new chapter in life. It is a time in life when a boy need be nothing more than a little bit nerdy, a whole lot smart, as well as openly gay to make him a target of harassment from those who see him as different.
Love Is in the Title is the story of Luke and Cameron, and the way in which they become more to each other than just the nerd and the jock. Their story is connected to a time in life when the words to express how you feel about someone don’t come easily, either from the heart or the mind, but can still be communicated through the poetry of music.
Through a series of anonymous radio dedications, Luke expresses his feelings to a boy who he doesn’t dare to hope would ever return those feelings. Cameron is the quarterback of the football team, after all. Not only is he the antithesis of what it means to be defined as a nerd, but he’s also straight. Luke is seemingly in a no win proposition, but he endures against all probability because that’s simply what he does.
Theirs is a story of the courage of one boy to stand up for another, to stand up for who he is and what he believes. It is a coming-out story, one that is portrayed in all its heartbreaking realism—that popularity and acceptance is fleeting and depends solely upon not upsetting the status quo.
RJ Scott has written an outstanding young adult story, one that can be appreciated by those who are right now living in the midst of those very trying times, as well as those who have lived through them and managed to somehow survive.
Though we may never know what will come of Luke and Cameron after high school, after college and beyond, there is the promise that the present will be a special enough gift for them. And for me, that’s more than enough.
Reviewed By: Lisa