Celebrate the Christmas season with That Artsy Reader Girl and her bookish friends!
I’m excited to welcome Meredith Schorr, author of The Boyfriend Swap (and a bunch of other novels), to the blog today to share with us the letter that her main character, Robyn Lane, has written to Santa this year! I recently read and enjoyed The Boyfriend Swap, and Robyn is a very sweet and quirky character that I had so much fun getting to know. She knows her boyfriend, Perry, will not fit in at her family’s holiday party this year so she swaps boyfriends with someone else and you can imagine how things go!
Dear Santa from Robyn Lane
Merry almost Christmas.
Since it’s in your job description to keep tabs on when I’ve been naughty or nice, I bet you also know when I’m being a lazy music teacher. With winter recess beginning tomorrow, the art teacher and I combined our classes so we could each do half the work. First, I led the kids in singing holiday songs. Now, Ms. Cassidy is helping them write letters to you, and I joined in on the fun. I know I’m supposed to include a list of presents I want for Christmas, but all I truly want is a peaceful and joyous Chrismukkah celebration with my family. (I hope you’re not offended that I’m half Jewish. You’ve always struck me as an equal-opportunity gift giver.)
Oh, Santa, I dread bringing Perry home with me for the holidays. If I have to sit through another family dinner—make that three—listening to my family subtly patronize my showbiz boyfriend because he doesn’t have a pension plan or reliable health insurance, I’ll lose it. Sure, he gets overly excited when it’s his turn at the mic and purposely chooses lengthy songs to maintain the spotlight longer, but it’s only because he’s passionate. He hasn’t had his big break yet, but it doesn’t mean he won’t. He’s so talented—a triple threat like his idol, Matthew Morrison. He just needs a little luck and maybe an agent. Why can’t my parents, ex-performers themselves, cut him some slack rather than try to set me up with every single suit-and-tie guy within a mile radius?
Speaking of corporate types, can you please wipe all memories of my childhood crush on Will Brady from my brain? I’ve barely thought about him in nine years and suddenly, with one double date to discuss this stupid boyfriend swap, it’s all come back. I can hardly close my eyes without seeing his sparkling hazel eyes staring back at me. And the way his smile lights up his entire adorable face. Thank God he didn’t agree to the swap. But why didn’t he agree to the swap? Was I that much of a loser in high school? I was one of the weird kids, who actually danced at the school dances instead of drinking the spiked punch and making out in dark classrooms, but I’m not ashamed of who I was then or who I am now.
This, Santa, is why I date creative types. They actually favor me over sophisticated business women like Sidney Bellows. I mean no offense to Sidney. I’m not at all surprised by Will’s attraction to her. She’s sharp and sassy, and her red hair makes her really stand out in a crowd. She’s perfect for Will and they’re both lawyers. Perry’s much more my type and he makes me happy. My parents will just have to deal with it.
I digress. This is supposed to be a letter to Santa, not a diary entry. Sorry ☹
Oh, the kids are getting ready for dismissal. I’d better end this.
In closing, all I want for Christmas is a stress-free celebration.
Thank you! Merry Chrismukkah, Santa!
Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure.
Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.
A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flakey actor beau.
It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.
About Meredith Schorr
A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related e-mails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing romantic comedy, women’s fiction, and contemporary young adult fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict. To learn more, visit her at www.meredithschorr.com.