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Romeo is Homeless by [Frayn, Julie]
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About the Author

Bean counter by day, Julie Frayn spends her off hours penning award-winning novels and short stories that pack a punch. And a few stabs. When not working or writing, Julie spend as much time as possible with her babies. Well, they're grown adults now, but they still think she's cool. Right kids? Right? Hello?

In grade school, Julie was a math whiz, loved to write stories and poems in English class, and had an artistic flair for pencil drawings and pen and ink pointillism. When it came time to choose a career, she was torn between three loves. Her artistic brain ached to create. But her practical side, and the need to eat, won out. Though she's devoted her career to numbers, she revels in the written word.

Follow her at www.twitter.com/juliefrayn and www.facebook.com/juliebirdfrayn. Subscribe to her blog at www.juliefrayn.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1365 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Julie Frayn; 3 edition (13 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #416,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Suicide City, a Love Story by Julie Frayn

Sixteen year old August Bailey wants off of her Iowa farm and away from her strict and controlling Mother. She wants to live in the City, Charlesworth. So one day she decides to run away. Once she gets to Charlesworth she has little money and no where to go.

She meets up with a cute homeless boy named Reese. He lives on the streets, is battling a heroine addition and fighting his urges to cut himself (again). August falls in love with Reese, she feels he is her true love and wants to be with him.

She learns of his past, and why he chose to live this way. She finds that life on the streets is not easy, they have a rough life and the things the homeless teens do to survive is shocking to sheltered August.

A well written story of young love, innocence lost, the bond of friendship and unconditional love. August is very sheltered and naive, yet she is very likable. Reese comes from a broken home, his life is not easy. He is likable. I wanted him to find himself and happiness and get off the mean streets.

The vivid details told through August, Reese and Augusts' Mothers point of view, is compelling and emotional. We know exactly how they feel. I like that in a book. The plot is true to life and heart-breaking. Watching what the homeless teens go through is tragic, sad and frightening.

August learns that every choice has consequences, some are good, others are not. Living on the streets gives her an eye opening taste of reality, what she has, and what she lost. I was hooked from the first page until the last.

Suicide City, a Love Story left an impression on my heart. I highly recommend to Young Adult and Adult readers. A true five star, memorable thought-provoking, emotional read. Fantastic.
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This is a powerful and emotive book, it really took me on one heck of a journey. I love the way author Julie Frayn inserts honest grit and the edgy hardness of life into her plot and characters, after adoring her book Mazie Baby I was keen to read this one with an eager heart.

August is living on a working farm in "Hicksville, somewhere USA" - in her own words she doesn't feel she has a life, up in the morning to help with the pigs, collect the eggs, all before heading off to high school. Living under strict rules to not date, or do much at all that most teens are doing really, she rebels against the confines of her cage she feels she is in, from under the controlling aspect of her mother (who really only wants her to be safe and well) and decides to run away to the big lights in the big city. She is thinking it's going to be just like in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Not so dear girl, not so.

August is quickly dragged into the world of a group of street kids when her tiny amount of money runs out very quickly. She is helped by Reese, a charismatic young teen who has been on the streets of the big city for quite some time, a recovering heroin addict who has kicked the habit and trying to stay clean.

This is not a pretty young adult book at all, it pushed a lot of buttons for me as I too as a teenager was a street kid, but in Sydney, Australia and I related to a lot that was written in this book. Thankfully some elements of it never touched me, but it touches these teenagers and your heart will break for them. They sell their bodies to buy food and live, their innocence lost forever in the back seats of cars and on dirty mattresses in cheap "by the hour" hotels. This is not living, this is survival at it's ugliest.
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I’ve read and loved Julie Frayn’s other novels. Suicide City keeps the streak going. This book has a lot in common with the others, yet in many ways felt much different. I’ll try exploring those feelings, but first the commonalities.

As with all of Frayn’s novels, I found it easy to relate to the main characters and quickly cared about them. Each looks at someone experiencing difficulties that while not universal (as in not everyone experiences them), they are also not uncommon. Each story explores some of the dark corners of society and the human experience, but avoids doing so in a way that is too bleak and, in the end, feels uplifting and enlightening rather than being a downer.

Now for the differences. The biggest one is in the other books the situation the characters found themselves in was through no fault of their own. Here, August is at least partially responsible. However, I didn’t find this to make her any less sympathetic, nor did I have any trouble understanding why she chose to run away from home, as wrongheaded as it was. August is also younger than the protagonist in Frayn’s other novels and, as the author’s description says, this book is at least partially aimed at the young adult audience, calling it “edgy young adult.” And that’s the rub. Those in that cohort who might benefit the most in considering how this story turns out are the same kids whose overprotective parents would object to their child reading it, primarily because of adult language and mild sexual situations. That’s a shame. It’s a great story, suitable (at least in my opinion) for older teens and adults.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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