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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  40 reviews
At eighteen Christopher is restless and longs for something he cannot name. His mother vanished when he was very small and after spending more than ten years travelling on the rivers and canals, drifting between towns and schools, with mostly only his dad and brother, Jay, for company, he is desperate to escape that claustrophobic existence.
When they return to settle in Ar
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ebook, 230 pages
Published March 2nd 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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Sheziss
This book is so precious.



This book is my precious.



There is something about this author I can’t explain. It just reaches the core of my being. She is one of those mythological creatures that just happens to write books. And I just happen to read them. Nothing predestined about it. Or maybe there is.



There are times I just don’t know what to say. I’m the kind of person who talks and talks because uncomfortable silences are too much for me. I always feel the pressure to say something because otherwi
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Lori
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perfect. Just perfect.



THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN FANGIRLING

Suki Fleet does it again. She has written a most wonderful story that is on one hand hard and gritty, and on the other heart warming and romantic.

Suki first came on to my radar last year with This Is Not a Love Story (actually, that's a lie, the first story I loved of hers was her short for last years MM groups DRitC event, but I didn't make the connection for a little while), so the story that made me sit up and notice was TINALS. It was
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Suki Fleet
Feb 24, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine
A/N
When I originally wrote this story a few chapters began with the lyrics of a song (just a single line;P). Changes to copyright law meant I couldn't include them.

Still, the lyrics of one song keep ringing out in my head, and even though this story was written long before that song was ever played on the radio and no chapter ever bore its name, it's startlingly apt. I'd love to have song lyrics as a dedication, and if I could they would be these:

'There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle
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☆ Todd
I'm having slightly mixed feelings about this read. The book was beautifully written. The words were both powerful and touching. The first chapter was very engaging and made me sit up straighter as I proceeded with my reading.

"But..."

As the chapters progressed, the beautiful words continued on, just as they had before; however, the sheer volume of them became distracting.

I was literally reading and reading and reading and reading, then looked at the page number and said, "Is that seriously *al
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Em
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Em by: Elizabetta
This book fit my mood perfectly and was recommended to me just at the right time. It has a sad and melancholic feel throughout but there is also a lot of hope that things will change for the better and they do.

Christopher, his brother Jay and their father live aboard a houseboat and have have been travelling the waterways of England for the last 10 years. Christopher is restless and wants change and when the boat pulls up in Arlow, a town the family haven't visited in years, his world completel
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Tess
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-mm-reads
*4.5 stars*

You have to prepare yourself for a Suki Fleet novel. Her characters are in such tough situations and there is an overarching feeling of desperation … but in the end it is always worth it.

Innocence is another wonderful, intense, gritty story from Ms. Fleet about a broken boy from a broken family who gradually loses his innocence. It's not the easiest read and there's a lot of bad things that happen in this book, but there is also a beautiful love that grows between Christopher and Ma
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Mónica BQ
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am unsure as to what to say about this book. Part of me wants to just leave it with a rating and no explanation, because the thing is I am not certain I can articulately say something about this.

Did I like the story, plot-wise? Not really.
Did this feel like a romance? No.
Was the absolute vastness of the angst that permeates this story necessary? No.
Was I satisfied with the way the plot progresses? No.
Do I need a complete whole new book to actually understand Malachi and his feelings because he
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Elizabetta

4.5 stars

Beautifully written and heartbreaking. Christopher is a gypsy, a traveler. He lives with his father and younger brother on a houseboat and his story is suffused with life on and around the river, with deep poverty, and with the very close bond he has with his brother. They are motherless boys— she ran off
years ago leaving them with a rather cold and distant father, to a life of wandering and yearning for her.

Christopher is on the cusp of adulthood, about to turn nineteen, and he's burst
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Izengabe
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
La primera mitad me estaba gustando mucho pero, más o menos a un tercio del final, la lectura se me empezó a hacer cuesta arriba. La trama se pone un poco culebrón y un poco repetitiva. Aparecen demasiados elementos que, en mi opinión, no se resuelven. Me quedé con la sensación de haber terminado un libro diferente del que empecé... :(
Pero está muy bien escrito, leeré más libros de la autora, seguro.
Karen Wellsbury
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this on my holiday, which was 5 weeks ago, and it still lingers in my memory.
I loved every word. Proper review to follow
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
4.5 stars

Okay, this is my first book my Suki Fleet. It will not be my last. I plan on trying to devour everything she's ever written if it able to break my heart like this one has. Poor Christopher. I don't think he's ever had a chance at life, or to grown up around people. He's so naive, and I'm not upset because he goes through some things in this book. I love his relationship with his brother. Jay is such an amazing boy, who I wanted to wrap up in my arms and never let go. I can't possibly ev
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Amy
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review soon
UltraMeital
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, young-adult
It's hard for me to actually write it but it's my truth so I gotta - I didn't like this book AT ALL. It was all over the place with Christopher running around in circles, in his head but also in real life. It FELT like the YA I stay clear of and frankly I don't get what a 29 years old guy would find in someone 10 years younger. Their whole relationship was BEYOND strange. Not to mention with the book finished I still don't think I know anything about Malachi besides he's a mechanic who loves to ...more
☆ Todd
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it

I'm having slightly mixed feelings about this read. The book was beautifully written. The words were both powerful and touching. The first chapter was very engaging and made me sit up straighter as I proceeded with my reading.

"But..."

As the chapters progressed, the beautiful words continued on, just as they had before; however, the sheer volume of them became distracting.

I was literally reading and reading and reading and reading, then looked at the page number and said, "Is that seriously *al
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Dawn Sister
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you read a story written by Suki Fleet you can be sure of one thing: Your heart will be torn from your chest, into thousands of pieces, put back together and replaced then torn out again.

That is the only way to describe what her writing does to me.

Every time, she manages to create characters so real to me I can almost taste them. I go to sleep and dream about them. Mostly to give them happy endings because the lives she gives them and the situations she puts them in are never a bed of rose
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Joyfully Jay
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


While Christopher owns this story, the prose that author Suki Fleet weaves into this story is its own character and the foundation for the entire book. The writing flows from one breath to the other with a lyrical and descriptive coming of age tale and when you open this book, you are immediately transported into Christopher’s world. To start with Christopher, he lives in a lonely and sheltered place. He exists on his father’s boat, never asking questions, coasting
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Aleksandra
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I couldn't connect to the story or the characters. Essentially I didn't like anything about the book.
I was about to give it 3 stars but the tropes in the second half of the book were my least favorite of all. I rolled my eyes and gritted my teeth and tried to just bear with them.
And the romance. It was mostly okay, I was indifferent but then it became weird. Like 30 year old man says that he has always loved the boy who he met when he was 16. That boy was 6ish years old back then. Like wtf. He m
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Mercedes
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
3.5 stars
Martin
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The gypsy topic was a little bit unusual for me at first but I enjoyed this book so much. Perfectly written with lots of emotion and melancholia. Highly recommended.
GlamLawyer
3.5 stars but I couldn't round them up. I guess sometimes books just don't work for us the way they do for other people.

I like the writing style. The author is great at showing the inside of characters. You are really in their head and you feel them.

Christopher is a beautifully conflicted character. Desperately he tries to make a life for himself and for his brother Jay. Their relationship is very close and partly it feels like this relationship stops both young men from growing and being indepe
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Sarah
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Good, but a little grim at times. 3.5-4.
Amy
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-them
The ending came too soon, sequel?
Elisa Rolle
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Innocence by Suki Fleet: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Antonella
This is for sure well written, at times quite poetic with lots of feelings, at times quite grim. On the negative side: it was a bit too long, progressing slowly, and then in the end many things happen all together. There were too many clichés, for ex. the problems of violence, theft and alcoholism among the travellers. The fact that Christopher's and Jay's mother is (view spoiler): and probably that's a trope, not a cliché ;-) ...more
Amneris Di Cesare
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not giving 5stars because something does not convince me in the fullest. Is Malachi really in love with Christopher? I hardly believe it. The end is too GFY even though this novel is beautiful. For 3/4 of its length. But have not fully understood why Isabella acted like the way she acted and what happened to her, did she had a head stroke or what? She lost her memory like Jay did? Some situations still not fully clarified like Finn's future. But Suki Fleet's writing is beautiful and this bo ...more
Wendy Ann
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews - 3 1/2 hearts

Contrary to what the title of the book might imply, this book came across to me as something very different than youthful, carefree, or simple. It had a very melancholy, almost depressing feel to it as you learn about the circumstances of Christopher’s childhood and how many things he missed out on that others take for granted. His best friend – make that only friend – is his younger brother Jay. A lot of the story revolves around the unique re
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Aerin
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, dnf
I made it to 25% and I consider that an accomplishment. This book didn't work for me at all, I honestly cringed the whole time. First person present tense isn't my favorite writing style, but that's not what bothered me here. There's just too much telling and not enough doing!

Seriously, all the main character, Christopher, does is puke or get sick to his stomach left and right. There's no reason for so much puking to happen, and I wasn't even past the 25% mark. And there's too much sobbing and
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Molli B.
4.5 stars.

I have absolutely no idea what made me go into this thinking it was going to be lighter and less angsty than Suki Fleet's other stuff--where on earth did I get that idea?! No clue! Because this was actually worse than a lot of the other ones--heavier, sadder, more intensely sad moments. I really liked it--I love her stuff pretty much without fail--but it was another tough read with a couple of very tough moments/issues (there were a lot of tears). There are no homeless kids in this one
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Redshayne
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hummed and hawed about buying this book. I didn't know the author and I thought the man on the front cover was too young. I prefer main characters 28plus. But I ended up buying it and I sure was glad. It was NOT what I expected - it is not all happiness and sunshine, many of the characters have a hard life and have bad things happen to them. I liked the relationship between the brothers, but thought it could have explained the relationship between Kia and Christopher a little more. The relatio ...more
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Suki Fleet's first novel This is Not a Love Story won Best Gay Debut in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, and was a finalist in the 2015 Lambda Awards. Foxes won Best Gay Young Adult story in the 2016 Rainbow Awards,

You can contact Suki at sukifleet@gmail.com

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