Title: On the Right Track
Author: Sam Kadence
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
eBook Release Date: 08/15/2013
Audiobook Release Date: 10/29/2014
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Vocal Growth: Book One
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.
My View – Story:
Remember that On the Right Track by Sam Kadence has a target audience of teens, I think the story hit the audience well.
The theme of acceptance is prominent throughout the entire story. Not only for GLBT youth, but anyone regardless of gender, sexuality, appearance, or ethnicity. The main couple is, of course, gay, but really they are just two teenagers trying to make their way in a world where they don’t quite fit.
Yes, Ru, as a former boy band member, has had a life much different than most of the target audience, but we get to see that money doesn’t necessarily buy happiness. Those with success and money still face issues of acceptance and ridicule as any other person.
Adam is almost too sweet and innocent, but at the same time he is what all parents want their kids to be. He is responsible and caring. He is quietly steady and brave. He is a hero to at least one person in the school, without even knowing it.
Yes, there is a thread of love in this story, but the themes of accepting yourself and others is much more important. Well done Ms. Kadence.
My View – Narration:
Michael Stellman did an admirable job on the narration. He has a great vocalization for the YA/Teen genre. Some of the voices for the minor characters were a bit odd, but overall a decent narration job.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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