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Photography club president Caleb loves football standout Christian Munez. He knows it's an old high school chestnut, but if being a cliche is wrong, he doesn't want to be right. They've been in school together since the fifth grade but having brothers on the same soccer team provides Caleb with a great opportunity to get to know Christian better. What he finds out - aboutPhotography club president Caleb loves football standout Christian Munez. He knows it's an old high school chestnut, but if being a cliche is wrong, he doesn't want to be right. They've been in school together since the fifth grade but having brothers on the same soccer team provides Caleb with a great opportunity to get to know Christian better. What he finds out - about Christian's home life and his future plans - could end his hopes forever. Or they might be the beginning of something wonderful.Caleb throws caution to the wind in A Picture Perfect Holiday....

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ISBN : 13098056
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Number of Pages : 46 Pages
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a picture perfect holiday Reviews

  • Anke
    2019-03-27 02:41

    2.5 starsEven if I'm the only one, I have to say: Sorry, no winner. It was better than the disappointing books I read previous to this one, but there were still some things not working for me. I never had the feeling of any chemistry between Caleb and Christian. There was more understanding between Erin and Caleb:) On the one hand Christian wasn't able to acknowledge even to himself his attraction to Caleb and then, suddenly out of the blue he took action in the end of the book? Even if it was totally cute, for me it wasn't consistent. So, I couldn't relate to anyone in this story. I'm a fan of ZAM, I even think her "Crossing Borders" is the M/M book of all time, but this book didn't do it for me.

  • Lauraadriana
    2019-03-29 03:47

    This was soooo adorable. Caleb has had a crush on Christian Munez the star of his high school football team FOREVER. Ever since in fifth grade Christian came to his rescue while he was being harassed by bullies. But Christian is straight, so there is not much to do but pine for him from afar.Caleb is Out and Proud, his family is supportive, he has friends. He just wishes he could have Christian...But he knows it IS a lot to ask as far as Christmas wishes go.This was heartwarming and hopeful. Full of Holiday Happy :O)

  • Heidi Cullinan
    2019-04-09 05:37

    Absolutely adorable and cute and fun and made me feel snuggly and happy. Must read.

  • Catherine
    2019-04-04 01:50

    This story started strong for me - I enjoyed the rapport between Erin and Caleb, the history behind his crush on Christian, and thought that Maxfield did a fairly decent job of capturing all of the awkwardness that comes with being a teenager. I also appreciated that Maxfield wrote a story where you could clearly see how Caleb's crush coloured his perception of Christian, and how the reality of Christian fell short (in my eyes, if not in Caleb's). It was clever. However, cleverness aside, as soon as Christian opened his mouth for the first time as a teenager, I didn't love him. In fact, he was kinda a dick (not aggressively, but passively). It was clear to me that he hadn't grown up to be the type of teenager that his younger self would have been proud of and - irrational or not - I resented this fact. I understand that teenage boys are complicated creatures, but I wanted back the sweet kid that didn't care what people thought of him. So, I was disappointed. And then, just as Christian was making the Grand Gesture aimed at redeeming his character and melting my heart, the writing let me down. Christian did and said all the right things, but there was just something about that scene that left me wanting. Perhaps it was the inclusion of Erin's parents, which felt like an unnecessary intrusion; why bother including her parents in the book at all? I'd much rather have met Caleb's parents if I had to meet anyone. Or, perhaps Christian's father? It was a strange creative choice and I found it distracting. But, in the end the two cute boys walk off hand in hand fearlessly, so I guess it's all good...?

  • Dan
    2019-04-26 22:53

    “Why’d you go and have to have a straight boy crush?”“We all do. That’s how fairies get their wings.” “I thought that was bells.” “That’s angels. The first time a gay man falls for a straight guy and ignores the impulse to make an ass out of himself over it, a fairy earns her wings. That’s in The Bible.” “And you go to church where again?”“Cheesecake Factory.” “That explains a lot.”Beautifully written tear jerker...

  • Beck
    2019-04-25 23:04

    This was a beautifully written, sweet story of first love. The dialogue was funny and sassy and the characters were vibrantly depicted. I would have rated it higher if it were longer or cheaper. $3 for a 30 minute read is too much to pay.Originally posted on

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-04-21 05:53

    A nice Christmas novella, cute and good for a Young Adult target as well as for older readers. This is basically the story of Caleb’s first love, since he was 11 years old he was in love with Christian, but as in all unrequited love story, most of the teen love stories are, Christian is unattainable: he is their high school football team hero, the golden boy, the one who will have a bright future… or maybe not? When they are at their last year of high school, Caleb, an openly gay student, activist in many LGBT organization, with his plans for the future clear in mind, realizes that Christian is just another boy, who will attend community college to stay near his family and help manage his father’s restaurant; after high school their paths will divide, but not since Christian will shoot for the stars, but cause Caleb will be the one going for great things. But even if everyone around him is trying to convince Caleb he can have way better guys than Christian, Caleb is able to see things in Christian that no one understand, Christian is a good guy, maybe not so bookish clever, but with a big heart and with genuine feelings.Good, nice and comfy story, like most Christmas novellas, it warms your heart and gives hope for the future.

  • Plainbrownwrapper
    2019-04-01 02:04

    Ohhh, this is a good one. I don't know exactly why, but this one hit me just right.Maxfield is another writer who knows how to string words together, so I am predisposed to enjoy her work. In this one, she tells us about an out and proud high school senior, Caleb, who has been in love with the school's straight football star, Christian, ever since they were in 5th grade together. Caleb has been doing all his crushing from afar, but just before the Christmas break he gets to know Christian a whoooole lot better.I liked the gradual discovery of Christian's character, family pressures, and emotions here. There's a bit of a slam-bang reveal at the end, but mostly we learn about him piece by piece throughout the story. I don't quite believe that Christian could still have been *that* much of a blank slate to Caleb after so many years of pining for him, but I was willing to forget about that niggling detail while I was reading. Maxfield slowly builds our empathy for and understanding of Christian throughout the story, so by the time the big reveal comes around it's a very sweet scene and we are proud of him for what he's doing. A nice story.

  • Liade
    2019-04-15 22:44

    ZAM and teens is always a winning combination ("Your family think you shit cream puffs"), and mooning Caleb is very sweet. Christian (interesting to see that what I think is a regular German name is clearly also a normal Mexican name) may be a bit rude at times, but I think has good and acceptable reasons for his reluctance to be out-and-proud. And I really admire him for putting his family so high up his list of what's important in his personal life. I like that Caleb doesn't actually try to change Christian's mind/plans, he just offers to be a "good, good friend", with real suggestions of help. And the end is just adorable and admirable, leaving me googling "tamale" while wondering just where along the line "caroling" had become such a very conservative pastime. At least on the face of it - despite the great marijuana scare Erin & Co turned out to be just great.

  • Lucy
    2019-04-19 22:01

    Caleb, oh my, just might be my newest favorite..out and proud in high school, unapologetically infatuated with the king of the football team, he is so funny and sweet. And a positive woman in aeronautic, his BFF, made it all even better. An adorable moment during church caroling with Christian made this book so lovely and perfectly Christmas.

  • Jay Clark
    2019-04-22 22:04

    It was short, fun and smartly written. And a great Holiday YA M/M Romance story.

  • Jerry
    2019-04-02 04:03

    Cute Christmas story.

  • Elizabetta
    2019-04-25 03:43

    Read for the M/M Romance bingo challenge:4.5 starsThis is a sweet coming of age story. We meet Caleb during his last winter break of high school, right before Christmas. He is a young gay man with his life in front of him, staring down adulthood, He is also a fine photographer and his forever peering at life through the lens makes him a keen observer. Caleb had come out some time ago and has faced all the ramifications of that decision. We meet him just as he comes to realize that he wants his due: respect, acceptance and the freedom to live a true life without fear. He’s almost done with high school but he’s more than over it’s social limitations. Caleb also wants Christian Muñez, jock, star football player, and long-time acquaintance. He’s crushed on and yearned for Christian ever since an act of kindness some years earlier. Maybe Caleb’s learned how to reach out of adolescent awkwardness and ask for more. Only problem is Christian is straight. Or is he? Caleb learns that not everyone has it as well off as he. He learns how to reach out to a friend in need.A Picture Perfect Holiday is charming and well written, never preachy or angst-y. Maxfield gives us a wonderful chapter in a young man’s growing awareness of self.

  • Vespasian
    2019-04-06 03:00

    This story has a lot going for it. I enjoyed it for the most part.That said, it did stretch credibility too often for me to rate it higher. I found it doubtful that the only place Christian could speak privately to Caleb was a boys' bathroom in a high school. I can't imagine anyone afraid of how he's perceived would pull an out-and-proud student in there in the middle of a school day so they could be alone, and that Christian wouldn't be aware of the ramifications.And the Big Scene at the end: (view spoiler)[too much, too fast. If there were some imminent threat--Caleb entering a relationship or moving away or something of that caliber, I could see Christian forcing himself to go after Caleb. But to move from deep in the closet to kissing on a street in full view of a large group of carolers? Nah. Not buying it. (hide spoiler)]I'll put this in a no big deal category, but it annoyed me: what's with all the twins? Okay, I can buy that Caleb and Christian both have twin brothers, but then Caleb sees another set of twins among the group of carolers? Just seems there are twins everywhere.

  • Becky Condit
    2019-04-07 22:54

    There isn’t a sex scene in sight but the kissing scene at the end is one of the very best kissing scenes I’ve ever read. Christian rains tender kisses all over Caleb’s face eliciting an “ahhh” from any reader. This is a good short story, well worth picking up and spending the 45 minutes or so to read it and getting to know sweet Caleb and perhaps see the potential of the sulky Christian. The ending is almost an HFN and for angst-driven teenagers that’s sometimes as good as it gets. As Dan Savage’s project to give hope and understanding to gay teens says, “It Gets Better,” and I want that for Caleb and Christian.See my full review at (Dec 18)

  • Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
    2019-04-26 23:43

    An interesting investigation of the difficulties of coming out in High School.Caleb has admired Christian since he defended him against school yard bullies in the 5th grade over his pink camera. Now seniors in High School Caleb is the out leader of the GSA and photographer for the school newspaper and year book. Both boys have younger twin siblings playing on the same soccer team and it is through these younger siblings that the older boys are drawn together. Christian now the star jock on the football team is afraid to admit his true feelings and the consequences that such an admission would have. What will it take to get Christian to admit his true feelings for Caleb?

  • Katyna
    2019-04-07 04:44

    I always feel like when I read a Z.A. Maxfield book, I'm never know what I am going to get, but it's going to be good. She's the Gary Oldman of writing. (Because Gary Oldman is in a lot of movies, he's always different, but always awesome). This is a short, sweet, lovely story about two incredibly brave young men. What a sweetheart of a story.I have officially reached maximum Maxfield (there is a pun there somewhere) saturation. I have nothing left of hers to read.

  • Ami
    2019-03-28 00:51

    While Caleb (and his crush over Christian) is endearing, I'm not feeling the same for his crush, Christian. He's a bit rude (me thinks) and well, I'm not supporting his avoidance towards Caleb either. HOWEVER, his excuse for their first kiss is cute, and it makes me smile. So I guess I have hope for the two young men :p

  • Edina Rose
    2019-04-09 04:54

    I may be a glutton for punishment.Another ZAM story, another miss for me. And still I'm going to buy the next one because there is something mysterious about this author's writing that makes me come back. I think I don't ENJOY the stories much, but I find them INTERESTING. Does that make any sense?

  • Sadonna
    2019-04-21 01:54

    I really really liked this lovely short Christmas story about Caleb and Christian. I usually like ZA Maxfield's writing - St. Nachos is one of my MOST favorite series - and I was not disappointed here. It went in a totally different direction than I was expecting and the ending was very feel good!

  • Jess
    2019-04-08 21:53

    cute and super sweet. No shmex. Its about young love :) It is well written but I was in the mood for a little bit more then a kiss beneath the mistletoe - I guess I was left wanting to know more or see more.

  • Carolinareader
    2019-04-10 23:00

    I very nice christmas novella with a YA romance. Caleb has crushed on Christian for years and in this book he learns that maybe his fantasies aren't as unattainable as they might seem. I would love to if ZAM continues the story of Caleb and Christian.

  • Kristie Crawford
    2019-04-02 03:55

    I don't usually read young adult but this was a Z.A Maxfield story so I read it. Needless to say it was a cute short story, a story that puts a smile on your face when your done reading it and you say awww that was so such a sweet story.

  • Trish
    2019-04-18 02:41

    This was a really nice short story.... funny and heartwarming, just an overall nice read. another reviewer mentioned the ending kiss and damn, it was one of the best kiss scenes i have read too.

  • Lady*M
    2019-04-17 01:53

    ZAM does teenagers well - the sheer audacity of youth, heartbreaking uncertainties and smartass-ness. I adored Caleb and his friend Erin and Christian's reactions to Caleb were truthful, painful AND adorable. Another great story from Maxfield. Recommended.

  • V
    2019-04-25 05:52

    This story doesn't have sex scenes, hardly any kisses and it is very short, I wish it had a few more chapters. This is a great example that a story can be wonderful, cute and adorable, even when all those elements are missing. I would love to read a sequel about Caleb and Christian.

  • Justin
    2019-03-27 01:46

    For a short story this was really good. With a little more development it could have been a really great book, as my only complaint is that things progressed too quickly and felt rushed. Still a great holiday short worth reading.

  • Antonella
    2019-04-16 02:57

    I really liked this a lot, but I had some trouble with the believability of some details. It is a Christmas story though, so I suppose I should forget my niggles... ;-)

  • Sylvia
    2019-03-29 03:59

    Funny and sweet

  • Ery
    2019-04-05 00:02

    3.5 stars