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Language: English

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (25 July 2016)

By: Suki Fleet(Author)

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When fifteen-year-old Romeo's mother leaves one day and doesn't return, he finds himself homeless and trying to survive on the streets. Mute and terrified, his silence makes him vulnerable, and one night he is beaten by a gang of other kids, only to be rescued by a boy who pledges to take care of him.

Julian is barely two years older than Romeo. A runaway from an abusive home, he has had to make some difficult choices and sells himself on the street to survive. Taking care of Romeo changes him, gives him a purpose in life, gives him hope, and he tries to be strong and keep his troubles with drugs behind him. But living as they do is slowly destroying him, and he begins to doubt he can be strong enough.

This is the story of their struggle to find a way off the streets and stay together at all costs. But when events threaten to tear them apart, it is Romeo who must find the strength within himself to help Julian (and not let their love story turn into a Shakespearean tragedy).

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  • By JN on 6 May 2015

    This book was harrowing and beautiful. I don't know if I've ever read something so deeply, achingly sad on so many levels.The novel tells the story of Romeo - a mute and homeless teenager, trying to make it on the streets of London after his mother disappears. He falls in love with Julian, an older young man, who tries to look after both of them while spiralling deeper and deeper into addiction and prostitution.Suki Fleet is a gorgeous writer.I wanted to give this five stars, but the final fifty pages stopped working quite as well for me. I liked Crash more than Julian. I really wanted Remee to help himself, to have a life. I couldn't really believe that Social services or the UK government would let things play out quite as they did. And the epilogue sort of came out of nowhere ... I wasn't sure what to make of it.

  • By Gorfenletch on 22 May 2014

    This story is beautiful. That's the simple truth. I picked it up to read and could not put it down until I'd finished. The characters' world became my world and I was drawn into their plight and their desperation.Told from the point of view of Romeo, a mute boy who lives on the streets under the protection of his friend Julian, it is compelling and their situation is harrowing. Despite this Suki manages to convey the warmth they find in each other. There is desperation and despair all around them but they cling to each other for strength and survive.I won't give away anything, but I do recommend you find a comfortable spot to sit and read because you will not be able to stop. The story doesn't stop, for one minute, and sometimes you feel you need to get some fresh air but you just can't because, just as if you are living out on the streets with Romeo and Julian, you just don't know what is coming around the next corner.The fact that Suki has conveyed such beauty and warmth whilst not once fluffing over the cold hard reality of her characters' situation is testament to her writing skill. The colour she gives to everything is overwhelming even though you know it is raining and cold and grey. You can almost smell and taste along with the heroes of this story.Suki makes us want this story to end well, she makes us love her characters for their strengths and forgive them for their weaknesses. We just want them to be.I want to meet them. Perhaps I'll visit them one day. They are real to me in a way that just doesn't happen very often.Read this book, you will not regret it.

  • By Jamie Deacon on 16 January 2015

    Even for an adult, living on the streets is a grim existence, one most of us can only imagine. For Romeo, not yet sixteen, slight for his age and mute since birth, it's a ceaseless battle to survive without drawing attention from those who would take advantage of his weakness. In fact, the atmosphere is what I loved most about this book. The gut-gnawing hunger, the bitter chill that seeps into a person's very soul, the constant fight to stay alive . . . Suki Fleet captures the daily horrors these characters endure in a way that is vivid and truly heartrending.Romeo owes his life to Julian. Left homeless after his mother disappeared one day without trace, he fell foul of a street gang who would have beaten him to death if Julian hadn't stepped in. Since then Romeo has had a friend, someone older and wiser to support him and watch his back. But homeless London is an ugly world of drugs and prostitution, ruthlessness and despair, from which only the fortunate escape. When he and Julian are torn apart, Romeo must find the courage within himself to rescue the boy he loves before it's too late.These heroes and their struggle cut me to the quick. Romeo, outwardly so vulnerable, discovers an inner strength he never knew he possessed, while Julian is prepared to sell his body so Romeo doesn't have to. Yet, there are also some unforgettable secondary characters. From Cassey, always there to provide kindness and mugs of hot tea, to Estella, the social worker so anxious to find Romeo a route off the streets, they all add color to an otherwise bleak narrative, and will stay with me long after I close the book.Contrary to the title, 'This Is Not a Love Story' is one of the most powerful romances I've read in a while. That said, there is nothing soft or idealistic about Romeo and Julian's relationship. It's gritty and hard hitting, intensely real in its imperfection. Whatever moments of intimacy they're able to snatch are fleeting, and always tainted with the ever-present threat of danger, the knowledge that they could be separated in a heartbeat. For me, however, the rarity of the love scenes only served to make them all the more poignant.So long as you brace yourself for a read that deals with some harsh subject matter, I highly recommend this novel. I honestly couldn't put it down.

  • By Elsa on 29 August 2016

    Loved it

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