Title: This is Not a Love Story
Author: Suki Fleet
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Characters: Romeo and Julian
Sub-Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Suspense
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).
Unfortunately, my ‘kiss’ rating can only go up to five, or I would rate This is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet much higher. This author made me feel like I was in the story. Told from the 1st person throughout, I felt Romeo’s fears, joy, heartbreak and despair. Each one felt so personal it shocked me.
Romeo believes his mother left him, since she went out one day and never came back. He is left to live on the streets by himself as a mute child.
When some of the other kids find out Romeo is mute they pick on him, and when one boy takes it farther; the incident gets out of hand and Romeo is saved by Julian.
Julian fights off the attackers even though he is not much older than Romeo. What follows is a beautiful and heartbreaking story of the two young men trying to live on the streets, and find someplace to call home together.
Reviewed By: Jerry