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Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Length: 270 pages
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).
I am somewhat ashamed to say that I am just now getting around to reading this book. I've had This Is Not a Love Story on my TBR list for YEARS! I really don't have a reason why it's taken me so long to get to this one, but suffice it to say that I'm so glad that I am now intimately acquainted with Suki Fleet's heart-wrenching and emotional story of tragedy and love. Romeo and Julian will undoubtedly stick with me for some time to come.
This was a hard book to get through, not going to lie. It's tragic ... but not so much that you'll lose hope. Once I started reading, I could not put this book down. I was so totally engrossed in Romeo and Julian's story that I couldn't stop reading, I had to know what was going to happen. Had to know that things would be okay and these two lovely, broken boys would get their HEA. It took some time, and some very hard things to get through, but oh my, the journey to get there was fraught with angst and pain and love and hope. Being young, homeless, and alone is something most of us can't even contemplate, but the harsh reality that Suki Fleet portrays shows us just how much Romeo and Julian have to endure. The book is told exclusively from Romeo's point of view so we see just how scared and broken he is and how much having Julian to take care changes him, molds him, and gives him a purpose.
Suki Fleet's writing is just gorgeous, even though there were a few instances where the embellishments were too much. But the writing is SO good, so raw and gritty that you're just completely enthralled by each page and must keep going. That's the sign of a talented author and great book. There are so many secondary characters that leave their mark and enhance the story. There's no sugarcoating this, people. This one is going to hurt. A lot. But it is, at it's heart, a love story, and a very moving and beautiful one at that. I highly recommend checking out This Is Not a Love Story, you'll remember this one for a long time.
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Award Winning Author. Prolific Reader (though less prolific than she'd like). Lover of angst, romance and unexpected love stories.
Suki Fleet writes lyrical stories about memorable characters, and believes everyone should have a chance at a happy ending.
Her first novel This is Not a Love Story won Best Gay Debut in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, and was a finalist in the 2015 Lambda Awards.
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