Rainbow High Paperback – 7 Dec 2005
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"A forthright portrayal of growing up gay."
About the Author
Alex Sanchez spent almost fifteen years working with youth. He is the author of the teen novels "Boyfriends with Girlfriends", "Bait", "The God Box", "Getting It", "Rainbow Boys", "Rainbow High", and "Rainbow Road", as well as the Lambda Award winning middle-grade novel "So Hard to Say". Lambda Literary Foundation honored Alex with an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists Prize. He lives in Thailand and Hollywood, Florida. Visit him at AlexSanchez.com.
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Rainbow High picks up where the previous book Rainbow Boys left off, and, for my money, is even better. I haven't laughed so much while reading another novel. Nor has another work of fiction encouraged me to grasp the very real implications and possible results of being completely true to oneself and honest with others.
Nelson Glassman has to be my favourite teen character I've ever come across in literature or TV, for his wit, bloody-mindedness, honesty, and outrageousness - not to mention his endearing naivity at times. (His worrying if there was a rule that the person who pays for the coffee gets to do the dumping, still cracks me up.)
All three of the main characters in the book are so real, multi-faceted and down-right likeable, yet they're completely different from one another.
A great book that I will no doubt read again and again ... I doubt anyone could dislike this book (nor the previous one).
Hopefully Sanchez will bless us with a third in the series.
In this chapter of the series, the relationship between Jason and Kyle is explored in detail, the survival of which is at the mercy of Jason's own doubts about his sexuality and the fact that he also has a girlfriend. Kyle adds his own measure of stress to the melting pot and is unwilling to continue if Jason will not commit to their relationship instead of hiding and meeting in secret. Will Kyle understand Jason's need to maintain his jock reputation and remain in favour with all his adoring female fans at school?
Meanwhile Kyle's best friend Nelson has lessons that he must also learn in life. With his already high sex drive about to blow through the roof can he avoid the temptation of reckless and causal encounters with men? And even when he finds the man of his dreams can Nelson grow up in time enough to deal with a situation that could change his own life forever?
This book proves a thoroughly satisfying read and maintains a good pace. Although the boys may be high school teenagers they show that no matter what differences we each may have-self acceptance is surely the best lesson of all.
It’s unrealistic that a doctor in an STI clinic would moralise, unless things are different in the US.
Head teachers in the UK seem more enlightened that the one in this book.
Reviewers of the first book in the trilogy have expressed disappointment in the use of the term ‘spastic’. I suppose it is realistic that some high school use this term but less so when one of them uses it in his own, internal thoughts.
The author is good at empathy, understanding the pain and worry that two teenagers in love might not both get into the same university together and be parted.
I’m not sure that the teenagers would have such empathy with each other, thinking about each others’ motives when they speak. Lads normally take each other at face value.
They thought anyone over thirty was ‘old’. I hoped they’d set the bar at forty.
I wondered what ‘government’ was in the curriculum and figured out is was something like ‘citizenship’ in the UK
All in all, a pleasantly distracting read.
Nelson is in panic of his possible HIV infection, while Jason continues to struggle with his sexuality and Kyle attempts to hold it all together.
This is a fantastic book, with wonderfully vivid and real characters. You cannot help but like and root-for the boys in this story as the face some of the challenges and difficulties faced by gay youth. The story will ring true with many readers, both teenage and older.
I cannot recommend this Rainbow series, by Alex Sanchez, highly enough!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looking forward to the next in the series. The angst is infectious!Published 1 month ago by MR RUSSELL D TILLSON
Yet again another good book. Well done Alex Sanchez. Cannot wait to start the next book. Adios mi amigo. Gracias.Published on 13 May 2013 by Neill Addison
Amazing book both me and my partner loved reading this and all the books from the series. We would both highly recommend the series.Published on 18 Nov. 2012 by Mattie929