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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Let me start by saying that I completely LOVE this book and the reason of the 4 star rating is because of the end (further explanation below). I only give 5 star ratings when I enjoy a book 100%...this one I enjoyed it like 97%.
The story deals with several homeless boys that have to find a way to survive not every day, but every hour! so be prepared to have your heart rip out of your chest by some of the things that happens to our dear main characters such as sexual and drug abuse. The story is packed with fluent writing, good plot but most importantly: well-thought out and endearing characters with a depth of emotions that will make you wish you could have them in front of you and help them out!
The characters were my favorite part in this book. Their feelings and suffering felt so real I completely lost myself in them and forgot the world around me. The author has such a magical way to describe emotions and situations that I will definitely be checking out all...
Suki Fleet has turned me into a blubbering, emotional basket case after reading her new novel, This Is Not A Love Story. Well, this is definitely not your typical love story. But, it is a love story. It is a beautifully written story about two homeless boys, Julian and Romeo (Remee) and their struggles trying to survive at all cost the harsh unforgiving streets of London. Remee is fifteen years old and mute. His life is turned upside down on day when his mother left the house and she never returned. Remee, devastated, was left all alone to care for himself. He was now homeless and had no other options but to turn to the streets. Remee knew he was vulnerable alone on the streets. A gang of homeless thugs, aware of his vulnerability assaults Remee. Julian, a homeless boy only a few years older than Remee, witnesses the assault and rescues him from his attackers. From that point on the two were inseparable. Julian became the protector, trying to spare Remee from...
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...
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