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Rainbow Party

2.63  ·  Rating Details ·  374 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews

Rainbow Parties. Are they real? Who's going?


One's been with all the guys, one's terrified of them.

It's Gin's party; she invited everyone.


President of the Celibacy Club. What's she thinkin'?


Friends...with benefits.


Hanging on to it for the right guy.


Totally doing it, totally curious.


Skye's BF who has it fo

Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published May 17th 2005)
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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

I decided to read this book for a book challenge here on goodreads and I thought the cover was cool, even though I don't really wear lipstick. I thought it was pretty. So I read the back and it just lists some peoples names and a little thing written under them telling a sentence about them and mentioning this party.

I had no idea what in the hell a "Rainbow Party" was and I guess it's a thing, I don't know. But supposedly these idiot teens are going to a party thrown by Gin and the thing is for
Dec 14, 2010 ~lolen~ rated it it was amazing

But in the end the book gave me some brillant ideas! Who wants to come to my Rainbow Party????
Feb 02, 2008 Megan rated it really liked it
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Aug 07, 2007 Jennie rated it liked it
In this conterversial book, Gin is planning a Rainbow Party-- where a group of girls each put on a different color of lipstick and give blowjobs to a group of guys-- leaving behind a rainbow. (Although one character does point out that the lipstick would just get all smeared together and make a mess of brown, but that's neither here nor there.) The book follows the characters through about five hours of time on the afternoon and evening of the party-- Gin who's preparing and the classmates who a ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Regina rated it did not like it
Um. No.

I read a pretty awful review of this one and was hoping that I'd think differently about it after reading it for myself.
I failed.
I made it to page 100 or so and just gave up. In its defense, the premise of the story was a good one but the narration got to be preachy and hard to follow. If the author had decided to actually do first-person narrative for the teens, it would have been easier to digest.

Basically, Gin, the school sexpot has decided to throw a rainbow party. Each girl wears a d
I originally bought this book along with a TON of others to fill in my classroom's library for my 7th and 8th graders. I didn't know what a Rainbow Party was, and by reading the back it sounded fine.

THANK GOD I read the book before I brought it into school. I would have had my head on a chopping block. I've ready plenty of racier things in a book, but I think it was the fact that I almost let my students read it that appaled me most.

Mar 18, 2008 Leslie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: extremely bored individuals
kinda lame. but i read it in like 2 hours. and i'm no better for it, trust me.
Kayla Platoff
Mar 10, 2014 Kayla Platoff rated it did not like it
Okay, so just to be clear I didn't even get halfway through this book (which I NEVER do, I always finish books no matter now bad), but I feel like reviewing it anyways. I wanted to read this book because of the cover. I like rainbows, I figured it might have been about a transgendered person or whatever, and the back of the book really didn't tell me anything about the plot. Just so you all know, IT IS NOT ABOUT RAINBOWS. DON'T LET THE COVER FOOL YOU, IT'S ABOUT AN ORAL SEX PARTY!!!!! There were ...more
Sep 28, 2011 Adrienne rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-teen
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Jul 21, 2008 Jeanette rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Jeanette by: Nikki & Leslie (they said it was bad)
Ok- so this is Leslie's book and she didn't like it. But Nikki wanted to like it so she borrowed it and she didn't like it. But I wanted to like it, so I borrowed it. And I didn't.

Basically, it's about a high school girl who's throwing a (sex) party for 6 boys and six girls. You learn about each of the 6 kids and it's just really cheezy and poorly written.

I wouldnt call it porn for teens, but it borders on that. Definitely not a book I'd tell anyone to read.
May 18, 2010 Ashley rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
This book has stuck with me, only because of how horrible and utterly annoying it was. When I was younger, my goal was to read the entire YA section of the library so it was "mandatory" that I read this book. The characters were foolish and shallow, the plot was poorly developed, and it was simply a horrible experience overall. The only plus (which really doesn't count for anything) could be the design of the cover. Maybe.
Aug 15, 2010 jess rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2007, yaf
adult morality, teen morality, promiscuity, mythology, the myth of the modern teen, blow jobs, sluts, STDs, moral of the story, contrived plot, boring writing
Oct 25, 2016 Renessa rated it did not like it
I can't remember the last book I hated this much. I don't know where to start.

The plot is sloppy, the dialogues are unbelievable, this is clearly just an attempt at teaching teens about STD's through fear tactics. Which could have been done better.

But the worst part is that this book was FILLED with teens shown thinking "but if I go to this party where I engage in oral activity, maybe my crush will fall in love with me and everything will be perfect"

How was this published?

"She had no idea ho
Mar 12, 2011 Christian rated it it was ok
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Jun 06, 2013 J.N. rated it liked it
I've been wanting to read this one for a while because I am a fan of controversy, particularly when it comes to books. I can see why this is such a controversial book. I definitely don't recommend this one for younger readers or anyone easily offended. While nothing is explicitly graphic, it's pretty "suggestive." However, the book also does have a moral--if you are going to engage in any kind of sexual activity, especially when you are a teenager, make sure to be safe and smart about it.

My fav
Nov 01, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it
I started reading this book thinking it would be controversial and exciting. I found it neither. The author seemed intent on preaching about the virtues of waiting to lose your virginity until you meet the one you love. This may have been better achieved with more subtlety, rather than with characters that were either bad or squeaky clean and good.

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May 07, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
I really didn't expect to like this book, but I did. It was well written and I didn't want to put it down. The characters were realistic and some were fairly sleazy. I really wanted to know what happened. The teenage years are kind of desperate and silly, particularly since nowadays there is so much pressure to be sexually active before you're ready. Contrary to what other reviewers wrote, I think this is a good book for young kids to read so that they realize it is okay to say no if you aren't ...more
Gin plans a Rainbow Party (oral sex) assured that every invitee will come ready and willing. But as the minutes tick by up to the start of the party, each teenaged participant mentally ticks off the reasons for and against attending it. Peer pressure seems to be the reason most intially say yes, but morals and safe sex education appear to win out in the end...and of course, the fact that Gin's dad walks in at the precise moment the party is to begin.

Not a particulary well written book, although
Doug Brunell
Dec 03, 2015 Doug Brunell rated it did not like it
Shelves: erotica
I bought this book simply because of the controversy. I figured if that many people were upset, there had to be at least a glimmer of hope to it. I was sadly mistaken.

There really is nothing controversial or transgressive about this book. Sure, the subject matter is about teens going to an oral sex party (who hasn't done that?), but it is handled in such a way as to take away any punch the story may have. It is the literary equivalent of a '50s sex scare movie.

One-dimensional characters, a plot
Libby Hinrichs
Nov 04, 2014 Libby Hinrichs rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Best friend
Recommended to Libby by: Friend
It was interesting... I have never heard about these parties and I don't think I would ever go to one.

If you think this book is about a cute little rainbow dress up party you are wrong. This book has a lot of sexual content in it. The book is about a girl, who is a sophomore in high school, hearing about rainbow parties and deciding to throw one. If you don't know what a rainbow party is then I suggest you look in the other reviews... Ew.

I read this because a friend recommended it to me. I kind
Loran (Algonquiins)
This book was just down right terrible. I didn't know what it was about when I picked it up. I honestly just liked the cover because it had colorful lipstick on the front of it. From the description on the back of the book it wasn't entirely obvious what the plot of the book was but it seemed alright.

I was horribly mistaken. This book ended up being about a group of teens going to an oral sex party. The topic completely turned me off and I didn't even finish it when I realized that that was the
Laura Cunningham
May 14, 2012 Laura Cunningham rated it did not like it
This book i read in a matter of four days.... but, not because it was good. I just kept hoping it was going to get better. Maybe i have just been out of high school for awhile but i can honestly say i dont ever remember sex being that open while i was there. I have to say though i really did appreciate the character development in such a short book you were really able to grasp the characters and their personality. Also, the set up of the book was kind of neat because the whole book is broken up ...more
May 10, 2012 Bradley rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This was an amusing book and a perfect example of why people shouldn't judge a book based on its cover or description. The main setup is that a girl in high school is going to throw a rainbow party. For those not in the loop, a rainbow party is where guys and girls gather for oral sex. Each girl wears a different shade of lipstick and, by the end of the party, the guys should resemble a rainbow in their groin area.

The book really is really thoughtful when it comes to teens and sex. This would b
May 01, 2014 Shiree rated it it was amazing
Shelves: banned-books
(Before I review, I love the search for this. It shows happy kids princess books. Lol)

I loved this book. Controversial? Who cared. I was well known in school to read Banned Books.

The girls in this book are polar opposites. I love the way they both feel ready, and even reluctant for the party. When it comes to the idea of the party it made me feel this can happen. It could happen with teens. This book is a good example of controversy for many topics in books, but also can teach us that things li
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
I had really high hopes for this book. When I read what it was about I was excited because there aren't many books about there surrounding this topic and teens. It is a strong, controversial topic and I really wanted the author to get into it and deal with the real issues surrounding this types of sex parties. Starting the book I was pleasantly surprised how well it was being handled, but that is where it stopped. The book ended up being one big predictable cop-out. The issue was never really de ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Jake rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised that I like this book. First, I am not the target audience for this novel, and don't care much for "young adult" books, but this one caught me off guard. First of all, the characters were extremely well drawn and fleshed out. I cared for each and everyone of them. Second, the writing was well done, humorous and interesting. Third, even though I knew this book required a "moral" ending, I liked the way it was handled without saccrine and realistic. Well done. Looking fo ...more
Carly Johnson
Aug 05, 2011 Carly Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Any parent that forced bookstores to ban this book from being in stock DID NOT READ THIS BOOK, and, frankly, I find those parents quite vulgar now for not even attempting to find out what's IN the book. This book is far, far, far from being rated 'R'. It is mainly about high schoolers dealing with the concept of sex and what it means. There is no sexually explicit content ANYWHERE in this book.
Nikisha Martin
in this book rainbow party gin is having a party a "rainbow party" at first everyone thought it was a gay party but then they realize a rainbow party is a sex party when the girls put on different color lipsticks and the boys drop there pants and the girls they would give the boys oral sex and they would see what color is around the base their penises this book really makes parents realize what kind of children they have
May 13, 2013 Olivia rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I obviously didn't think it was the greatest book, but I didn't think it was the worst book I've read. Though I was pleasently surprised how appropriate it was due to the subject matter. I originally had no idea what it was about, and with reading the back I thought it would be decent enough. And it was. Like I said due to the subject matter at hand it was pretty appropriate. I wouldn't recommend reading it though.
Jun 23, 2009 J.M. rated it did not like it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. Mostly I felt that the few gay characters should have been more accepting and/or empowering about their sexuality and were not. I read ahead to see if their attitudes changed and ended up not finishing the book. Hope someone else enjoys it instead!
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