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Doyle, Simon - Snow Boys

Doyle, Simon - Snow Boys

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Amidst the festive cheer of the holiday season, Dean O'Donnell, a shy and unassuming high school student, finds his life unexpectedly turned upside down when he is chosen to sing a solo in the upcoming Christmas choir performance. His quiet existence is further disrupted by the mysterious Secret Santa gift he receives, which leads to an unexpected friendship with the charming and popular Ben Hunter.

As their bond deepens, Dean and Ben embark on a journey of self-discovery and attraction, navigating the complexities of their own personal struggles and the pressures of their high school social circles. Dean grapples with his anxiety, while Ben faces a family crisis that threatens to tear his world apart.

Amidst the backdrop of snowy landscapes and holiday traditions, Dean and Ben find themselves drawn to each other, their feelings growing stronger with each passing day. But as their emotions intensify, so do the challenges they face, testing their courage and resilience.

Can Dean and Ben overcome their fears and embrace the love that is blossoming between them, or will their personal demons and the pressures of high school life stand in their way?


Dean O’Donnell is a wallflower with a secret and a voice that could steal the show. Preferring to blend into the background at his high school, his world tilts on its axis when he is chosen for a major solo in the upcoming Christmas choir performance. His quiet life is further disturbed when he receives a Secret Santa gift, and an unexpected friendship forms.

Ben Hunter is the boy next door, well-liked but lonely. He wrestles with unspoken feelings for Dean and a family crisis that’s tearing him apart. When he takes a job at the local cinema to help his family out of a desperate situation, his academic life begins to crumble under the strain. But that’s the least of his worries.

As the holiday season unfolds, so do their feelings for each other. But with Dean’s anxiety escalating, and Ben’s life turning more chaotic, their differences seem more apparent than ever. Can they navigate their personal challenges and embrace the feelings growing between them? Or will this winter be the season of missed chances and what-ifs?

Awards and Recognition:

  • Longlisted for the 2023 Stonewall Book Award for Young Adult Fiction
  • Target Keywords: Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Snow, Romance, Holiday, Secret Santa, Christmas Choir, Anxiety, Family Crisis, Friendship, Love, Self-Discovery, Simon Doyle, Snow Boys

  • Meta Description: Embark on a heartwarming and suspenseful journey of self-discovery, friendship, and the power of love in Simon Doyle's captivating novel, "Snow Boys", as two young men find their lives intertwined amidst the festive cheer of the holiday season.

Relevant Tags:

  • Young Adult Fiction, LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Coming-of-Age, Holiday Fiction, Anxiety, Family Crisis, Friendship, Love, Self-Discovery, Secret Santa, Christmas Choir

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