Book: The Boy Who Fell To Earth
Publication date: March 29, 2017
Length: 85,590 words
Reviewed by Meredith
Jay Palmer is two months away from his sixteenth birthday. He doesn’t realise how his life will be changed forever when a gang of thugs leaves a badly injured boy on his doorstep. The biracial boy and his white single mum Maggie nurse the stranger, sixteen-year-old Aleksander Zukowski, also known as Sasha. Sasha ran away from care two and half years ago. He sleeps rough, is addicted to drugs and sells himself on the streets of London to fund his habit. For the first time in his life, he has a reason to change.
Sasha confirms what Jay already knows about himself but it doesn’t make it easy for him to come out to his macho mates in a largely black neighbourhood. Sasha has an uphill struggle to stay clean when his past threatens to throw him back into the abyss. Are the two boys strong enough to stay together against all odds?
Let's start out by saying if you love angst, if you crave it like air, then The Boy Who Fell To Earth is a book for you.
It's hard to say I enjoyed this book because of the pain the reader goes through to get to the ending. It is a YA book, not totally a romance. There's elements of romance but I would say this is a story about a journey two boys take. Their road is paved in shattered glass and broken dreams. It's gritty, raw, dramatic, suspenseful, utterly soul eviscerating and there are triggers to be aware of. Now, I don't see any warnings on any sites so heed mine. There is rape. There are drugs. If either of these things are hard limits for you then be prepared.
This book made the nurturer in me come out full force. I wanted to hide Sasha and Jay in my pocket forever. I will say Sasha has it the hardest in my opinion. What that boy goes through made it very difficult at times to get through. I did have to put the book down and take a breath and focus. Not a bad thing. It's an impacting thing.
I did find it hard sometimes to separate the characters. They very much talked and acted the same and I don't know if that was intentional but they were almost carbon copies of each other in speech and actions. Not a horrible thing but just a little difficult to divide the two.
I never read this author before but if this book is anything to go by they are an emotional writer. They grasp every emotion and push it to it's limits.
It is powerful, painful, and very emotional.
The Boy Who Fell to Earth ficlet
The first time Jay and Sasha visit a sex shop
Sasha doesn’t feel weird to be in Soho anymore. He and Jay sometimes pop in the Estrella for a drink and to see Sasha’s bouncer friend.
Today, Jay’s on a mission.
When they stop outside the shop window full of plastic penises, Sasha grabs Jay’s big hand and whispers, “Remind me why we’re here again.”
In the past, Sasha had used dildos and sex toys with his johns, but the nineteen-year-old ex-rent boy has never been inside a sex shop. So, when Jay suggested that they’d take a look, just for fun, Sasha’d blushed like a virgin bride. Damn, my pale skin. He thought to himself.
“Because we need to confront your sexual hang-ups. I think you still have some issues with being open about sex, and seeing it as something fun. Part of a lurving relationship.” Jay, who’s year younger than Sasha, smiles and flashes his big white teeth.
Sasha arches his right eyebrow. “What a load of crap! Who the fuck told you this?”
Jay scratches his head full of dark brown curls. “Uh. I read it online. It’s a reliable gay site.”
Sasha gives him an eye-roll. “Reliable? FYI. I don’t have sexual hang-ups. I’m more than capable of talking about sex, with you at least. But, sometimes it feels as though you think we’re in a sex comedy, rather than a lurving relationship.” Sasha pokes Jay’s broad chest to show him that he’s joking.
Jay laughs. “What are you afraid of, then? Come on.” He pulls Sasha through the door into the emporium of all things to do with sex.
Sasha is mesmerised by the display of sex dolls. “Hey, Jay. I have wondered about fucking a female doll. Do you think I may be bi-curious?” He picks up a box containing a doll that looks nothing like a real woman.
Jay tuts. “If you fuck that plastic hole, I’d be seriously curious about your mental health.”
“What are these for again?” Jay examines some cock rings.
Sasha gazes at Jay. “They, uh, make you last longer.”
“And that’s a good thing, how?” Jay tries to read the small text on one of the packages.
Sasha coughs, while trying to suppress a smirk. “Some people want to make it last. They’re not impatient like someone I know.”
Jay tosses the ring back on the shelf. “What’s the fun in that? The quicker you come, the faster you get to go again!”
Sasha shakes his head and stares at his boyfriend. “The faster you get to go again. It’s sometimes nice to play with each other, you know?” He’s only teasing because they play, a lot.
“Then, this is a complete waste of time.” Jay throws his arms up in an exaggerated way. “Our sex life is perfect, and we can’t possibly have more fun than we already have.”
Sasha picks up a box and heads towards the till. “I’m getting this.”
The gorgeous staff winks at Sasha while he puts the merchandise in a nondescript black bag, which makes Sasha blush again.
“What is it?” Jay grabs the bag as they are about to exit the shop, and looks at Sasha’s purchase. “Holy shit!”
The box containing a large, vibrating butt plug reads, “Just when you think your sex life is perfect...”
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