A Goodreads user asked:
Alright, call me a stupid asshole, but in the ending, when Ryan Dean said he loved Joey, did he mean it in a platonic or a romantic way?
Genevieve Although given Joey's orientation, I believe Ryan Dean says he loves Joey in a platonic way. Ryan Dean was able to move past Joey's orientation and truly love him as a friend for all that he was.
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[He said it in a way that showed he had an emotion when he passed. Whether it was intended for a sexual manner, we may never know. But I think that Ryan Dean definitely felt that Joey was his best friend and his rock, regardless of his sexuality. (hide spoiler)]