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- Print Length: 328 pages
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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (February 8, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 8, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ATCAWO2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was so vivid -- I could picture everything so clearly, from the setting to the characters, and I love how the author managed to convey that with such beautiful language. It's not heavy-handed but it's weighty, as if all the words have a purpose and a reason for being arranged as they are. Definitely the voice of a confident and talented writer, and a joy to read.
And oh, the story. DANNY. I loved him, with his mix of toughness and shy vulnerability. I could relate, as I think most people could, to his attempts to bring control and order in a world that frightened him - even if we're not in the same sort of situation. And Micky, his struggles and his joy, were such a nice contrast to Danny and yet they worked so well together. The way these two lost souls come together and save each other was beautiful to read about.
The supporting cast was wonderful, and Ms. Fleet brought so much complexity to the characters that shared Danny's world. They were never stereotypical and were so fully realized -- the world building was wonderful and that really connected me to the story and got me invested in it. I was so happy for Milo and the Flower Lady, omg, that was adorable.
I was sad when this one was over, but also really satisfied as a reader. It was the perfect sort of emotional catharsis, where you ache and feel joy for the characters, and reminds me why I read this genre and why I love stories about the triumph of the human spirit and the importance of the relationships we form with others. The ending was uplifting and emotional. Really an amazing book and well-worth spending time with. I can't wait to read all of Ms. Fleet's books now, just adore her narrative voice and so glad this phenomenal book was my introduction to her!
HIGHLY recommended read, y'all.
'Dashiel was my friend. I loved him. But Dashiel never made my heart beat faster'.
Written in first person, Foxes has one of the most beautiful and illuminating narrators in Danny. Danny is both a reliable and unreliable narrator. Reliable, because he’s learned a lot about what makes people tick and he’s fair in his opinions. Unreliable, because he doesn’t know his own worth and beauty. He doesn’t see how he makes a huge difference in his corner of the world. It’s interesting to see other people through his eyes but more interesting to see how others think of him reflected back. Sure, some people have hurt him and mocked him, bullied him, he has visible scarring on his face, he’s eighteen and lived rough for a year. But others love and respect him more than he may ever know. He tries to hide himself in the night, within the homeless people of London. He also lives among young street workers, people he thinks shine and glitter so brightly.
“This is glitter-bound London,” he’d say to me, pointing out the boys who looked like boys and the boys who looked like girls. I’d blush in the darkness, though I didn’t know why at the time, other than I found some of the boys beautiful, especially the ones he said looked more like girls.
He also lives among sharks, people his close friend Dashiel told him were dangerous. People who mistreat and scare others, something the compassionate and gentle Danny cannot understand. Now that Dashiel is dead, dumped like trash, Danny is grieving, but he can’t let his best friend’s memory fade. He can’t let his death be brushed aside like Dashiel didn’t matter. Like he never existed. Now Danny has a notebook permanently attached to him. He spends the night walking the local streets, writing down everything he can about the punters who seem predatory – car details, descriptions, times, dates – they’re all in his notebook. Danny may have a jumble of thoughts at times, he may be verbally economical, but he’ll look out for the people who glitter and keep an eye on the sharks who want to snuff out their light.
In Danny’s world there are also good people who do little – sometimes bigger – kindnesses for the kids living on the street. People like Diana who runs a café and helps out where and when she can. I absolutely loved Diana.
'Diana can seem pretty intimidating. Everything about her is loud and bright, from her violent green headscarf—that does sort of match her brightly patterned wrap dress—to her shiny purple flip-flops. But she has the biggest heart. She’d take care of the whole world if she could'.
Flower Lady is another who helps out, finding odd jobs for Danny here and there. Sometimes supplying Asian cooking for him. Danny fixes things, phones mainly, to make a small amount so he doesn’t starve, but Diana and Flower Lady supplement this when they can – when Danny lets them. He lives in an abandoned public swimming pool, has done for about a year. His “roommate” is Milo, a returned Iraqi war vet who has a prosthetic limb, loves herbal teas and doles out pieces of practical wisdom to Danny, when he hasn’t drunk his PTSD numb.
'He takes a sip of tea and pulls a face. “And third. What’s wrong with pretending? Is it raining f@cking peace and happiness out there? Did I miss something? Because if not, I’m okay with a whole f@cking world of pretending. You see this palace?” Milo gestures around. “Warmest f@cking palace in all of Persia.”
There’s also Dieter, one of the working boys, who gives Danny a hard time. He likes to call Danny Loki. For a while in the book Danny’s name isn’t used, it’s Loki. Even when he meets the latest young street worker, Micky, he’s introduced this way. Micky needs his phone fixed so Dieter brings him to ‘Loki’. Danny has never seen anyone who glitters quite like Micky – an androgynous American boy who is pale and thin with the blondest hair, who wears hotpants and sheer tops in a freezing London winter. Danny’s heart, which is basically another character in the book, beats fast for Micky. So much of how Danny is feeling, particularly around Micky, is related back to his heart. Once he meets the talkative and smiling Micky he wants to protect him from the sharks, from any harm that may come his way. He has never felt like this for anyone. He loved Dashiel as his best friend, as a kind of (street) mentor, but this, this is different.
'There’s something about him, though, something that makes me hope he’s warm and safe. I don’t like imagining him glittering brightly on the dark streets. It hurts when I think about him out there'.
It isn’t just phones and equipment Danny fixes. He inadvertently fixes a lot of the hearts and lives of the people he comes in contact with – some who respect his kind, caring nature, some who (quietly) love him, only he doesn’t see that like we do. He does what he does because it seems right to him, not because there is something to gain in return. What he does know, what can get to him at times, is he’s visibly scarred, which makes him aware people stare and treat him differently. He does hear the mean (jealous) voices, because they are never quiet, but he doesn’t hate them. He accepts them and knows there are reasons for their feelings. But he can’t accept Dashiel’s death. He’ll keep trying to find out what happened. Who’s to blame. He also can’t explain this intensity of feelings he has for Micky. He’s confused by it but it soon dominates his thinking and his writing.
Even as a connection grows between Danny and Micky, Danny cannot fathom how Micky would want him as anything other than the guy who is going to fix his phone. Micky is so beautiful. When they talk more, he believes that Micky has plans, but Danny can’t see past today. Danny has never been physically or emotionally intimate with anyone before – and he doesn’t interpret the little signs Micky sends him easily or correctly for a while. Danny doesn’t want to be given appreciation for the things he does. He doesn’t want Micky to ‘pretend’ to want him. To feel beholding – which is not the case whatsoever. Micky is patient. But even if he can paint on a happy face, and he does, even though he is sweet and outwardly fun, there is sadness within Micky, a fragility which draws the protective nature out of Danny. Danny’s first person narration does not dull anything Micky is genuinely feeling. Of course, Danny’s POV purposely doesn’t give you insight into Micky’s backstory, his demons, they unfold as the book progresses and as their relationship takes root and grows into something Danny cannot deny any longer.
I don’t want to say much more about the plot because things are slowly revealed as the story is told. The reveals, Danny’s and Micky’s, and the story itself would be ruined if I outlined them in this review
Suki Fleet is more than a writer, she is a serious storyteller with immense talent. I don’t think you can learn storytelling, you can hone it, but I believe it’s inherent within the individual. She uses that innate talent to lend a fresh, young voice to fresh and relevant stories. If you haven’t read one of her books, and were wondering, let me ask you. Do you look for fully developed characters who are easy to love? Ones who gently grab you then sweep you along with them, rendering you incapable of not thinking about them? MCs who are young but have a complicated road to travel? Ones who don’t quite fit the mould? Ones who make you bleed for/with them? Characters who find the beauty in life even though they shouldn’t? If so, then here’s your writer. Falling was my co Book of the Year for 2015 because it is fantastic. Foxes is another terrific book. If you read in this genre, or you simply like good writing, really think about picking up and reading at least one of Suki Fleet’s books. I doubt you’ll be disappointed. Danny and Micky are wonderful, sweet, beautiful when they should be anything but. This is a gorgeous character driven love story with a deliberate pace. It isn’t fast but it moves well and you want to turn the pages. You need to turn the pages so you know what’s going to happen to these guys, because, before you know it, you’ve become emotionally immersed and invested.
The well named Foxes has good contemporary world building, compassion, emotion, hurt/comfort, fully developed characters with sensitively drawn mental health issues/disorders. But most of all it has Danny, one of the most pure and honest narrators, taking your hand and showing you his world and allowing you access to his heart. It also has one of the best predestined soulmates stories you will ever read. For all of that, 5 Stars!
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