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Suicide City, a Love Story Paperback – February 27, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
But this novel is one harrowing story.
"Suicide City" is gritty, unrelenting, tragic, desperate, sad, heart-warming, heart-breaking, and gut-wrenching. Its prose is wonderful. Its characters are stuck in such grim circumstances you'll be left thanking your lucky stars you never ran away (or at least got any further than a few blocks). Drugs, sex, prostitution - not necessarily words you'd imagine when thinking of teenagers. But in "Suicide City," you're given a full shot of it. You're left feeling for these characters. Several of the scenes Miss Frayn depicts are so shocking and eye-opening…well, it made the read all that much better.
I think Miss Frayn has a nice grasp of the English language in her debut novel. Her descriptions of the characters, the characters' surroundings, and their feelings…well, something needs to be said for all that. Not many people can do that without coming off as treacly or melodramatic. Miss Frayn handles all of it swimmingly.
I know I've said the story is tragic, but it really is a great read. Personally, I enjoy stories that encompass the human condition. We're all subject to harsh times in our lives, but August Bailey (our story's protagonist) definitely sees more than her fair share at a mere 16 years old. Sure, the cover (did I mention it's amazing?) reads "Suicide City: A Love Story," but it has all the trappings of a tragedy - an excellent tragedy.
One might say I'm a tad prejudice, of course I am, she is my systir sister... However, our kinship doesn't impede my honesty. It's simple really. Julie Frayn's first novel is worthy of your attention.