BOOK REVIEW: SOCK IT TO ME SANTA by Madison ParkerTitle: Sock it to Me Santa
Author: Madison Parker
Publication Date: November 12, 2012
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.