Suicide City, A Love Story

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
A coming of age tale with a dark side.

Sick of feeding stinking pigs and fed up with her mother’s controlling ways, sixteen-year-old August Bailey leaves the farm to find freedom and adventure in the city. She falls in love with seventeen-year-old Reese, a street kid and former heroin addict struggling against addiction. To what lengths will she go to prove her love? And at what cost? More

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Words: 75,640
Language: English
ISBN: 9780991851003
About Julie Frayn

Bean counter by day, novelist by night - Julie Frayn is the author of Suicide City, a Love Story, It Isn't Cheating if He's Dead, Mazie Baby, and A Trilogy of Unrelated Shorts. Julie’s fourth novel, a fictionalized account of her parents love affair entitled The Orphan and the Rose, will hit the virtual shelves in 2015. Julie pens short stories and writes for her blog as mental floss between novels. She is mother to two wonderful adults, and Chief Financial Officer for the largest living history museum in Canada.

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Review by: Brian Bigelow on April 29, 2013 :
This book has brought back some memories from long ago and far away. Some of those memories are rather unpleasant in fact. Yes, I lived on the streets at one time and knew kids just like the ones that are in this story. I'm glad I never got into shooting up and I was over 18 at the time. I think it's a really good story that needed to be told and I recommend reading it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dave Craig on March 28, 2013 :
This was a great read, the characters so real you feel as though you are in are in each ones shoes seeing the world from a different and unique point of view.

From cover to cover a wonderfully twisted and heart wrenching story of love and relationships.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: J. Scott Sharp on March 06, 2013 :
What I liked about this story:

Characters: August is a believable character and at times you find yourself getting or being extremely angry with her. I will not tell you why, but suffice to say that you can see why she makes some decisions, but still wish that she wouldn't. I found myself saying over and over, "Stop it!" Characters are what make a book for me and if I feel so much that I am yelling in my head, it is good characterization.
Reese is another character that I really loved in this book. I didn't think I would and was, literally, taken aback by his story. I was in tears in a part. I felt stupid, but I felt for this kid in a deep way. He is such a good guy and of all of the characters in this book, Ms. Frayn seemed to really see the heart of this guy.
All of the side characters in this book were good too, but the love interests in this book are the ones that truly stand out and that you are rooting for.

Setings: "Suicide City" is full of dense and deep settings. The It-Feels-Like-You-Are-There type of settings where you imagine you can smell the trash in the dumpster. There was not a set piece in this novel that did not feel real to me. That is a great feat, because I am terrible at setting and have seen a lot of writing that is terrible at it as well. Julie Frayn really puts her scenes together in a way that made me feel like I was there. Thanks Ms. Frayn.

Themes: The world is not like in the movies. Love cannot overcome. Love can overcome. There are consequences to love. So many themes. All deftly handles by Ms. Frayn. I like when a book gives me some stuff to think about, but that hasn't preached to me that entire time. This book handles many difficult issues without wavering or talking down to me for not ever being in this harrowing a situation.

Cover: Are you kidding me? 'nuff said. Great great great great cover!

Altogether, I felt a little emotional reading this book. It was a great read for me and I couldn't put it down. It took me a minute to get into it, but when I did, I couldn't stop reading it. It was like a freight train.

I recommend this for adults, and reservedly for young adults, that will not be offended or jaded by the contents. It does deal with some very adult situations and language. However, I believe it tells a very sobering tale many could benefit from reading about. It is a dark story, but with a solid moral compass.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Steve Johns on March 02, 2013 : (no rating)
Suicide city , a love story is fantastic look into the lives of some young adults you possibly know , have passed on the street or have heard about on the news. Their story is griping and heart grabbing. You will be turning pages late into the night trying to keep up with the ups and downs of their lives. Lives that you hope no one ever has to endure. Hopefully we come away learning something , maybe about ourselves , maybe about the darker world that we ignore too much. Congratulations to a brilliant new author on her first of many successes ! Sj
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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