Ryan is assigned to Jamie Peterson for his class’s secret gift exchange. If word gets out that he has to make a handcrafted gift for flamboyant and openly gay Jamie, Ryan will be the laughing stock of the school. It’s a good thing no self-respecting boy would be caught dead in a craft store, because otherwise he’d be at risk of being spotted when his mom drags him to her weekly craft workshops. He hopes Jamie will appreciate all the trouble he’s going to for this assignment.
Finding the perfect gift is gonna be tricky. Jamie deserves something good, though, after all the crap he has to put up with at school. At least, Ryan tells himself that’s the reason he’s putting so much thought into the gift. It couldn’t be that he has feelings for Jamie, could it?
Such a sweet holiday story!
Ryan is assigned to Jamie for his class’s secret gift exchange.
Ryan has to make three handcrafted gifts to him, but the difficulty is not only in making the gifts actually. If word gets out that he is the openly gay Jamie’s secret Santa, Ryan will be the laughing stock of the school.
“Maybe you should talk to Jamie,” Mom said. “Get some ideas for your gift exchange.”
“That would be social suicide.”
She gave me a stern look.
“Mom, he knits.”
Ryan is so closeted and so terrified of being bullied at the beginning of the story that I felt a little fast for him to become open about his sexuality in such a short period of time. But maybe it is the right time for him, and he also has a very supportive family, and it helps more than anything.
The story is adorable, the dialogues are witty and fun, and that first kiss is very sweet. Highly recommended!
“Do you like hot chocolate?” he said.
“Sure.” I laughed when I saw the bag he pulled out of the cupboard. “Rainbow marshmallows?”
He smiled. “They go better with the white hot chocolate. White on white is boring.”
“My sister would love you.”
“Your sister would love me? That isn’t really who I was aiming for, but okay.”