Sock it to Me Santa by Madison Parker


Sock it to Me Santa by Madison ParkerTitle: Sock it to Me Santa
Author: Madison Parker
Publisher: Smashwords
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: November 12, 2012
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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?


Sock it to Me Santa by Madison Parker is short and sweet as it tells the story of a Secret Santa exchange. Ryan, who is in the closet, must make a gift for Jamie, who is openly gay and harassed for it. I enjoyed the theme of family, and the interactions Ryan has with his mom are adorable. However, as it is a novella, the plot felt very rushed, and I wasn’t able to get to know the characters as much as I would have wished. As well, there are so many homophobic remarks/actions in the book. I understand that the point is to educate others and show that this is wrong, but I don’t feel like the book pulls this off very well. It just didn’t feel like a very Christmassy read to me.

The Best Girl by Emma Harrison

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Review: The Best Girl by Emma Harrison

The Best Girl by Emma HarrisonTitle: The Best Girl
Author: Emma Harrison
Also by this author: Snow Queen
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: November 27, 2007
Rating: three-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

You Are Cordially Invited . . .

to your brother's wedding where he will marry rich, famous Marni Shay, at the River Lodge, the most elite resort in Colorado, the state you chose to go to college in so you could escape your family, except they'll all be there. Enjoy ten fun-filled days of avoiding your mother, who still thinks you're not girly enough; planning your brother's bachelor party, because you are his best man, er, girl; and, oh yeah, trying not to drool all over Hot Connor, who happens to be in your English seminar and work at the River Lodge. Put your best foot forward, and . . .

Don't miss the most joyous celebration of the year!

Yeah, right.

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The Best Girl by Emma Harrison is a fun read about a girl who becomes the “best girl” in her brother’s winter wedding. However, she finds herself falling in love with a boy who works at the location of the wedding and is determined to impress him. I enjoyed reading about all the wedding prep and the strong bond between the main character and her brother. Despite all this, I was very frustrated with the main character. She feels as though she has to change herself to be likeable, and the whole relationship between her and Connor is based on lies. The story is still interesting, though, and I didn’t hate it.

About Emma Harrison

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Emma Harrison is a pseudonym of Kieran Scott.

Kieran Scott is an author of young adult fiction including the upcoming TRUE LOVE TRILOGY (May 2014) and the HE'S SO/SHE'S SO TRILOGY, which includes SHE'S SO DEAD TO US, HE'S SO NOT WORTH IT and THIS IS SO NOT HAPPENING. Her other books include the Non-Blonde Cheelerader trilogy, Geek Magnet and Jingle Boy. She also writes Alloy Entertainment books under the pseudonym Kate Brian, including the SHADOWLANDS trilogy and the PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS and THE PRINCESS AND THE PAUPER, among others. She grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey, attended Rutgers University, and now lives in River Vale, New Jersey with her husband and two sons.