Friday, November 24, 2017

Flashback Friday: The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott #Review #Giveaway

Author: RJ Scott
Book: The Christmas Throwaway
Publisher: Move Lane Books LLC
Publication date:  (December 2010) 
Reviewed Edition: November 29, 2012
Length: 172 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Christmas is a time for giving - what do you do when no one gives a damn? 

For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go. 

Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn.

Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?


This is always the time of year I gravitate toward the holiday stories. The Christmas Throwaway kept getting recommended to me. Everyone said, “read it, you have to.” And so I did.
Where to begin. The first page was like cold water being splashed on my face. A 17 year old boy, Christmas eve, frigid temperatures, sleeping on a bench. Alone. Thrown out of his home because he’s gay. 
Sadly, this happens more than you think. Of course unlike RJ’s book, there aren’t always happy endings. For Zach there is and it was a beautiful thing to watch unfold. Ben, his savior, his love. That man earned his wings simply by being a decent human being. 
This is a perfect holiday story not just because it fills you with the warm and fuzzies that great Christmas tales do, but because it makes you aware how horrible it is for LGBT youth and how one person makes a huge difference.
Wonderful must read book!

That was my review back in 2012. It hasn't changed. Every year since that one I have read this book and every year it fills me with Christmas spirit and joy. This book makes me believe that there is still good in the world and that miracles happen. This time of year we all need that!


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1 comment:

  1. Anel Viz' "The Best Christmas Ever" is a book I reread around the holidays. I like rereading Hollis Shiloh's lower-angst-level books when I want to feel comforted. Another holiday book I like is Rowan Speedwell's "Angel Voices."