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Keyes is an orphan, fostered by the Walker’s. The product of a lonely
childhood, he is thrown into the chaos of the Walker family and into the
life of his new foster brother Jamie.
story is the journey of Daniel and Jamie finding their place in the
world. Through Jamie being a victim of hate crime to coming out to
family and friends, there are many decisions the boys have to make
before they become men.
“….RJ Scott delivers the goods one more time in this quietly stunning
beauty. She grabbed my attention on page one and my heart on page two.
And never let either one go….”
“….If The Decisions We Make has done anything, it’s proven to me
that RJ Scott has definitely found her place in the YA LGBT genre…”
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Top 2 Bottom Reviews 4/5 – “….If The Decisions We Make has done anything, it’s proven to me
that RJ Scott has definitely found her place in the YA LGBT genre. All
the angst, agony, and emotion that make their way into her adult M/M
romances translate beautifully with her teenage characters as they
struggle to find a place to belong and build a path to happiness on the
often turbulent journey to adulthood….”
Rainbow Book Reviews – “….If you like angst-y stories, if the task of growing up in today’s world
baffles you but you’re curious about the way kids deal with it, and if
you think you can survive one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride,
then give this book a chance. I don’t think you’ll regret it – I
A Bear on Books
-“….RJ Scott delivers the goods one more time in this quietly
stunning beauty. She grabbed my attention on page one and my heart on
page two. And never let either one go….”
Hearts on Fire Review – 3.5/5
– “….At the end of the story, it left me with a satisfied feeling of
Jamie and Daniel’s relationship. It was sweet and resolute. I liked RJ
Scott’s writing and will read more from this author in the future….”
– “”….I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet story of young adulthood and
definitely recommned for those who like the sweetness of young
Overall Impression: I really liked it!….”
Joyfully Jay 4.5 – “…From the very beginning, I felt an empathy for Daniel, new to the Walker home, shy, introverted, and so very lost. Then throw in Jamie, his wild exuberance, and almost desperate need to make Daniel feel welcome and, in a few short pages, we have a solid understanding of our main characters, what motivates them, and so begins our journey.”
“Do you think he loves Star Wars or crappy Transformers like Mark?” Sue
Walker looked down at her middle child and smiled at his question. His
bright blue eyes shone with excitement, and he hopped from foot to foot.
Jamie never actually sat still for anything longer than ten minutes in
any one go. Not even when he played video games; he was constantly on
the move in his seat.
Jamie was the most laid-back of
her children. Nothing ever appeared to faze him. He was comfortable in
his own skin—athletic, above average bright, and just a very happy open
child. Sue had wanted more children after Megan, he youngest, but an
emergency operation after her daughter was born meant no more children
for her. That didn’t mean her heart had stopped wanting more though, and
when Megan turned two, Jamie nine, and Mark thirteen, that was when
she’d spoken to Don about fostering. He agreed immediately. They were
financially secure, and Sue wasn’t alone in wanting a large family.
and Don, her husband of twenty years, had sat all three kids down and
explained they wanted to put themselves forward as a foster family.
There was no sense in agreeing to care for a new child if her own family
was hesitant. Sue was honest with them all, and one by one, her family
told her it was a wonderful idea. She couldn’t have been prouder of a
single one of them. Mark, her eldest, who asked if they could get a girl
with boobs. Her middle boy, Jamie, who needed reassurance he wouldn’t
have to share his room. Lastly, her youngest, Megan, who was just
worried it would be yet another boy. All three were excited in different
ways to add to their family.
So today, it was
happening. Their first foster placement would be here soon, and his name
was Daniel Keyes. The authorities had explained he was quiet, shy, and a
gifted child, one who needed love and attention to make him blossom as a
child. Sue had patience and love to spare. She was determined Daniel
would be safe here.
“He’s only four months younger
than you, so I’m sure he will love Star Wars.” Wasn’t that what most
nine year olds liked at the moment? It was certainly what Jamie loved.
Jamie took the news in stride, and she loved him for it. Feeling secure was never an issue for Jamie Alexander Walker.
“An’ he’s not staying forever?”
“No. Fostering means he will stay just as long as he needs to until a new family is found for him.”
“And I really don’t have to share my room?”
“No. Dad is setting up a bed in the spare room.”
wide grin that Jamie gave her was confirmation enough he was happy
about that situation. She only hoped her other two were as easy to win
over. Daniel, the boy they were going to be given, was an orphan. He’d
lost his father to cancer and his mother to apparent suicide. He was
going to be more than a little lost and lonely nine-year-old, and it
would be Jamie’s good nature that took the brunt of any emotional
problems Daniel might have. Being the same age meant the same class at
school and similar interests.
“So the only thing he’ll
use is the den?” Jamie looked up at her. The den was Jamie’s domain,
where Vader battled with Luke and Han flew to the rescue. Sue nodded and
then dropped to her knees in front of Jamie. The den had been taken
over by the arrival yesterday of a piano.
plays a piano, and apparently, he is very good at playing it. It will be
good for him to have something he can have here that is his.” She
subsided into thought at the worry of just how damaged Daniel might be
by everything he had seen in his short life.
really excited about him coming. Please don’t be sad,” Jamie offered
gently. Sue realized her son had picked up on her sudden quiet mood, and
she hugged him tight. He might be a bundle of excitable drama, but
under it all, he really was the most sensitive of her kids.
“I’m fine, sweetie. Are you going to meet him at the door with me?”
“How long is it gonna be?”
“Ten minute’s time.”
“‘Kay, Mom. I’m going to check his room has make sure it has some more good stuff in it.”
was away at football practice, and Megan was at a party for a friend.
It was just her and Don and Jamie. Jamie was back at her side, peering
out through the frosted glass of the front door. He couldn’t keep still
and was again hopping from foot to foot with excitement.
“Calm down, sweetie; Daniel is kind of shy,” she warned him.
Mom, I’ll try.” If Jamie had any faults, it was that he had an
overabundance of confidence, enthusiasm, and general all round
hyperactivity. They weren’t a family that could be labeled as quiet by
any stretch of the imagination. They were a boisterous crowd, but social
services said that would be good for Daniel, and when Sue was handed
Daniel’s file, her heart just melted.
The car pulled
up, and a short boy, dark hair flopping over his eyes, a bag clutched in
long fingers, stepped out of the car and stood uncertainly, looking up
at his new house. He spotted Sue, and a small smile crossed his face,
then he turned, exchanging words with his companion, before nodding and
holding onto her hand. He lowered his head as he neared the door, not
lifting it even as Sue welcomed his placement officer and him in. He
just scuffed his feet on the doormat.
Sue said brightly. She noticing her son had stopped hopping from foot
to foot and instead was staring at the new visitor. She could feel him
visibly bristling with excitement but trying to keep it inside.
“’Lo,” came the soft reply, still no eye contact.
don’t you let Jamie show you your room, Daniel?” Daniel lifted his
gaze, his gray eyes filled with an expression of fear. Sue wanted to say
something clever to dispel the young boy’s fears, but Jamie interrupted
in his usual take-no-prisoners fashion.
Daniel, come with me and see. We got like painted bits, and posters, and
I didn’t know what you was bringin’, but I put like loadsa books in
your room and some Star Wars stuff and some trading cards. I mean
they’re the ones I have two of, but you know you can always swap ’em if
you already have ’em, and I’ve also got like this second controller for
you to play with me. Come on. Quick.”
Jamie grabbed at
Daniel’s arm, just reaching farther as Daniel backed away a bit
startled at the touch, and giving him no chance to argue, Jamie dragged
him up the stairs.