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Rainbow High (Rainbow Trilogy #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,962 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
This sequel to Sanchez's critically acclaimed Rainbow Boys is a captivating and honest depiction that goes straight to the heart of what it means to be young and gay in America.
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Turtleback Books (first published November 1st 2003)
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Apr 08, 2013 karly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of the hardest books in the trilogy as the 3 of the main characters here deal with hell a lot! At some moments things may seem a bit cheesy especially when it comes to the parents being so 'perfect' with all the supports and acceptance but what that cheesiness really brings is hope .

Hope for everyone hiding in the closet that it's okay to come out and be you. I really love Nelson and Kyle and Jason and this trilogy is one of the best summer reads out there I swear!

I'm just
Jamie Fessenden
May 24, 2011 Jamie Fessenden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book by Alex Sanchez, continuing the story from Rainbow Boys. This one gets a bit darker, though not too much.

My biggest quibble with the book is its treatment of a secondary character, Jeremy, who is HIV positive. Nelson, one of the three main characters, dates this character and not a single character in the novel is supportive. Everybody keeps insisting that Nelson should remain friends with Jeremy, but not date him. So...does this mean that nobody should ever date or fall
Nov 27, 2010 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
I started Rainbow High yesterday and like its predecessor Rainbow Boys I couldn’t stop. I was up till after 2 a.m. reading last night, another excellent read from Alex Sanchez.

The three boys, Nelson Glassman, Kyle Meeks, and Jason Carrillo are completing their senior year of high school and continue to deal with homophobia coming out and the threat of HIV.

Nelson is anxious to have a relationship, a little too anxious, and puts himself at risk at the end of Rainbow Boys. Now he must deal with the
Sarah Lu
Apr 01, 2012 Sarah Lu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Stephanie Estes
From the first page you can envision the plight of the homosexual teenager. This novel followed four boys/men through their high school struggle. The way Alex Sanchez set up the novel with simplistic visual rhetoric was very easy to follow and intriguing. At the top of each chapter all of the main character's names were shown, but the one that was being highlighted in this section was in bold print. This reduced any confusion and showed how their lives were intertwined. Rainbow High was my first ...more
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Nov 13, 2014 Lyric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rainbow high is the second book to Rainbow boys. I would recommend reading that first before reading this one. Rainbow high follows Nelson, Kyle and Jason still. Just new problems and adventures for the three. Jason comes out to his team and coach. Nelson dates a guy that is HIV positive. And well for Kyle he had to face what collage he wants to go to His options are Tech and Princeton.
I can relate to Kyle do to the fact that he has to make such a big decision on what he wants to do. I can relat
Oct 13, 2014 Billie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Rainbow High” details the last few months in high school of the lead characters.

The whole novel revolves around the decisions the central characters have to make for their future.

The second novel of the series highlights the courage one has to muster in coming out — and how it affects other aspects of your life.

I admire Sanchez for writing the whole series in the tone of the youth. He won’t bore you with his ideologies. He just presents issues in the eyes of a high school teenager — which in on
Dustin Spencer
This book was fantastic, in my opinion, a little better than Rainbow Boys in someways.
We have the same characters from the last book, but this time a little different. Also, this book deals with a bit more than the first book and some of those issues are darker. The way Alex Sanchez treats these characters, the interactions they have, the scenarios in this book are realistic. Some of the stuff comes off as cheesy, but for the most part it all is realistic and heart-warming. I literally sat here
This book is about Jason,Kyle,and Nelson. They are three boys who are gay and Jason and Kyle love each other but sometimes its ruff for them when it comes to thier family's.
Jan 17, 2015 Lara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the characters were the same and the trials they faced were interesting to read about; there was an extra-cheese factor about this book, specifically surrounding Jason, that I didn't find the first one had. I didn't find this book as enjoyable as the first. It had me cringing from time to time. On the upside, you see change in the three characters over the course of the book since they all have to make tough decisions, so while it was enjoyable, I still think it lacked something. However, ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Rhayna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just about the same as the first one as it continues right where we left off. Except focused on not just the characters themselves, but as the school as a whole. We get to see how the characters' actions effected their future, classmates, etc. I like how Nelson got to meet the new character and had to go through the problems with said character. It brings up the importance on safety. This probably more serious because of that. Even so, it was a fun read, and I liked how we got to a ...more
Geny Quinonez
Feb 10, 2011 Geny Quinonez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i LOVE this book! Its So awesome! i recomend it too everyone!
Jose Delorbe
Mar 07, 2011 Jose Delorbe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im reading this book and so far it's great.
Apr 01, 2016 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is everything a sequel wants to be and needs to be. After reading a disappointing trilogy, this one is a breath of fresh air! I honestly can't praise this book enough. It is EXTREMELY character driven, with the plot lines being so realistic that it almost feels like you're reading a reality show or a vlog or something. The characters suck you in, but you stay for their fight for love and acceptance.

It's really all due to Sanchez's superb writing and understanding of the material. One
Dec 02, 2015 Adrian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This will be the last book of the series that I read. On the one hand, Sanchez's writing continues to be rather exceptional given the genre and such. It can be hard to find LGBT YA books that aren't fantasy or sci fi based that are written with such command of language and craft. He's truly on just about equal footing with David Levithan in that regard. But this book is horribly dated and doesn't transcend it's time frame. Every time something happened in direct response to the HIV storyline or ...more
Montana Eiden
Jan 05, 2015 Montana Eiden rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rainbow High is the book that I will be talking about. The main characters whe nelson, jermy and mike. And it was made in 2003 november 1st . The book Rainbow High was not as I expected it to be. I think this book could have had more though and excitement into it. This book had no back round to it there was no straight focus. It was jumping to basketball, to scholarships, to being gay, and to HIV and it didn’t really flow together right, it was all over the place and jumpy. This is not a book I ...more
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Dec 01, 2008 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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High school is nearly over and Jason can’t wait to start college. Playing basketball at a college level has always been a dream of his; he’s even got a scholarship and all. But then Jason decides that he can’t bear to hide his sexuality anymore and comes out to his team and his classmates. Eventually word gets out that he’s dating Kyle and in a moment of victorious joy after a smashing win on the court, Jason is captured by local television cameras giving his boyfriend a celebratory kiss. Soon a ...more
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High school is difficult as it is right? Well for these guys is even harder. Jason the star athlete is gay, knows it but its still afraid of completely "coming out of the closet". I mean what would his teammates think? His friends? Though choice, then again life is full of those. Meanwhile Kyle, a.k.a. Jason's honey, is struggling with the hardest decision of his life, Princeton or Jason? and Nelson is scared not only for high school, but for his life.
Jul 01, 2009 Mindee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rainbow High follows the lives of Jason, Kyle and Nelson as they go through their senior year trying to find themselves. All three boys, who are gay, are trying to find a way to come out and tell those that are close to them. As they struggle with internal issues they have to deal with external issues such as school, friends and parents. Nelson is faced with possibly having HIV and being with someone who does. As Nelson goes through his year he realizes that it is not about living in fear but li ...more
This series keeps getting better as evidenced by "Rainbow High," the 2nd in the trilogy of books following the lives of three gay teens. This book picks up shortly after the first, continuing the boys' senior year. As in the previous book, each chapter is told from a different boy's perspective. And like in the previous book, each boy has both separate and combined journeys to follow. This book does take the story down a more serious road with the characters of Nelson, Jason, and Kyle dealing wi ...more
Nov 10, 2011 Kirsti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Rainbow High' is one of those excellent books about homosexuality that also feels real, and deals with different issues society has with homosexuality. As well as that, the book feels very personal, and the characters seem true and are also interesting.

Not being American, I can never really understand the whole obsession with college, and going to the college of your mother/father. Here it's just something you do, no one follows in anyone's footsteps, per say. But I could understand the struggl
This was okay. It's been a while since I read the other two of these (in the wrong order) and I couldn't remember them all too well. I disliked this book only because I couldn't picture the characters. They are on the front cover and still I couldn't picture them in my head! The book also felt mechanical, and I felt that the plot was way over dramatic, and unfair to the less popular characters of Kyle and Nelson. Realistic? Maybe, but I'm not so sure.
This might be a testament to Alex Sanchez's v
I'm so crushing on Jason/Kyle, it's ridiculous. It also makes me feel sorry for Nelson, who is also a very sweet, likeable character with a LOT of shit to deal with; however, he gets pushed into the third wheel corner, for Jason and Kyle are all over this. They totally bring out the shipper in me, I can't help it. Sigh.

Even though there is, again, a lot of drama and bullying and just unfair shit going on, the main feeling I got here is happiness and the notion of It's okay. You'll see. I like bo
Laura Hughes
Mar 31, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-ya
I read this middle volume in the Rainbow Boys trilogy first, out of sequence, which I think detracts from its enjoyability. It takes longer for the characters to get lovable here than in the first book, and it picks up storylines which would have been more interesting if I had already been invested in them: the results of Nelson's HIV test; the future of Kyle and Jason's relationship; Jason's relationships with his old friends. It's also bizarrely hard to tell to what extent everyone has a dad. ...more
Dec 28, 2007 Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this book is more of the same as Rainbow Boys, it looks at different issues and more growth is seen in the boys. At the start, each of the characters have their own weaknesses and need the others to support them. Interestingly, it is Jason (I thought it would have been Kyle) that matures the most and is the most independent character by the end.

The stark reality of this book is refreshing although depressing as I can easily see many of this scenarios happening in real life. The only real d
Yok Pichchapa
Sep 23, 2007 Yok Pichchapa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are around 15
Shelves: young-adult
Well... this book is kind of strange, at least for me it was.
This book really is about a bunch of guys who were different, not in the special way but... i'll just say it, they're gay in the modern meaning; don't get any weird ideas i only read this because i was bored. So this book was set in High School, in the beginning there were journal entries of the three boys who were the main character. This book was actually a bit too old for me, maybe lets just say wayy too old for me, I stopped readin
Oct 09, 2007 Evan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who read Rainbow Boys/lgbt folk and friends/gay boys
The boys are back. Kyle, Nelson, and Jason are dealing with their lives as out gay boys in highschool. Kyle has some problems at school with some of his swim team and he has to decide whether he's going to go to a great school like Princeton or go to a school called Tech so he can stay with his boyfriend Jason. Jason has to decide if he's going to come out to his basketball team and if so, when is a good time. They are on their way to the State Championship and he doesn't want to mess up the tea ...more
This was a good sequel to Rainbow Boys. Each of the three boys from the first book are struggling with problems. Kyle is happy that he's now dating Jason, but is torn when it comes to choosing his college. Does he go with his first choice, Princeton, or does he follow his heart and choose Tech so he can be close to Jason? Nelson is dating a young man who is HIV-positive. He is worried that he might also be HIV-positive after having unsafe sex in the previous book with a different man. Jason, the ...more
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Alex Sanchez is the author of the Rainbow Boys trilogy of teen novels, along with The God Box, Getting It, and the Lambda Award-winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. His novel, Bait, won the 2009 Florida Book Award Gold Medal for YA fiction. Alex received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University and for many years worked as a youth and family counselor. His ...more
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