Author: Michele Fogal
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A West Coast Boys Novel
Grade twelve is flying by like a pride parade of gay freedom and love until Skyler finds his gorgeous downtown boyfriend cheating on him over Christmas break. The breakup leaves him raw and not up to ignoring the usual gay taunts from soccer star Ryan and his teammates.
When Skyler loses it, he’s surprised to find a straight jock like Ryan knows what it’s like to have your heart broken and what it’s like not to belong. Behind his cocky smile, Ryan is feeling hopeless about his grades, his chances of getting into university, and his lack of real friends.
When Ryan invites him on a family ski trip, Skyler thinks escaping the city will let him lick his very private wounds in peace. He doesn’t count on Ryan’s warmth and affection amid the grandiose snow-covered mountains with their wonderland white trees, or the magical way Ryan’s silky hair fills with perfect six-point snowflakes. He certainly doesn’t expect Ryan to have secrets of his own that could burn them both–or lead to Skyler’s first truly loving relationship.
Skyler is the weird out gay kid in school. Ryan is the perfect straight jock boy. Somehow they form a deep friendship that leads to a ski vacation and maybe more. Okay, you have all that? Yeah, I didn’t quite believe it either. However, if you can get past Ryan going from taunting Skyler one minute to being his best bud the next, King of the Snowflakes is a sweet story of coming to terms, coming out, and finding love.
First of all this isn’t a Jock Boy is in the closet and wants the only gay kid in school type thing, so no worries there. What King of the Snowflakes is is a story of two boys coming to terms with who they are, what they have done, and what they want out of life and love. Sky and Ryan come from very different homes. Sky has an absentee father and a mother that works insane hours to keep them housed and fed. He has one close friend and an ex who cheated on him. He doesn’t need more out of life right now; he just needs to get to the end of the school year, and he needs the jock boys to stay off his back.
The meltdown that leads Ryan to see the error of his ways isn’t as dramatic as it could be, but it was enough for Ryan to see he had been a douche. He then befriends Sky and eventually invites him for a week away skiing. Of course they have to share a bed and, and, and… yeah there is a lot of convenient plot devices used, but the overall effect is a tortured gay boy pining for his straight best friend. Oh and did I mention they were seniors in high school, and Ryan’s family basically forced them to sleep together?
So I guess I would have to say that I am of two minds on this book. On one had the premise is just too opportune to be believable. Also the angst level, despite some potentially heartbreaking scenes is almost nothing. However, I like Skyler a lot, and I could empathize with Ryan, even if I wanted to slap him awake a few times. Both characters were written well enough for who they were supposed to be, if a bit too old.
Note: While the main characters are high school age, they are put in more “adult” situations, and the sex scenes are more explicit that you would find in most YA fiction. I would classify this as New Adult and save it for your more mature readers.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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