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Rainbow High (Rainbow Trilogy #2)

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Jason Carrillo, the best-looking athlete in school, has had his eyes on the prize from day one: a scholarship for college.

But then his eyes turn to love -- and Kyle.

Kyle Meeks, swim team star and all-around good guy, is finally in the relationship he wanted. Being in love feels so good, in fact, that he can't imagine giving it up to go to Princeton.

Something he's worke

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published November 1st 2003)
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karly
Apr 08, 2013 karly rated it it was amazing
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
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Jamie Fessenden
May 24, 2011 Jamie Fessenden rated it really liked it
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
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Steven
Nov 27, 2010 Steven rated it liked it
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Sarah Lu
Apr 01, 2012 Sarah Lu rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
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Stephanie Estes
Jul 14, 2009 Stephanie Estes rated it liked it
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
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
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laaaaames
May 26, 2009 laaaaames rated it it was ok
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Tanairis
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.
Geny Quinonez
Feb 10, 2011 Geny Quinonez rated it it was amazing
i LOVE this book! Its So awesome! i recomend it too everyone!
Jose Delorbe
Mar 07, 2011 Jose Delorbe rated it really liked it
Im reading this book and so far it's great.
Marsha
Kyle, Jason and Nelson return in this tension-fraught sequel to Rainbow Boys. I adore Mr. Sanchez’s realistic writings about the travails of homosexuals in today’s society. While matters are getting better (the on-site school group petitioning for gay privileges helps a great deal), family strife continues to exist and homophobic students still make life a trial.

The boys have hard decisions to make and each one gets equal attention from the author. We are drawn into their plights and joys as the
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Thinh Nguyen
Nov 27, 2016 Thinh Nguyen rated it it was amazing
Second series. After done reading this one, I feel that I was not regret on my last review on the first novel. It's an absolutely great. Unimaginable, it's let me feel enjoy, relax, but sometime it ride me to nervous to what happening next, little scare or hurt for the character, and something more that I can't describe it with a word, even the word is most power of the world.

Mia
Oct 13, 2016 Mia rated it liked it
Overall the book was good. I think it's great for books like Rainbow Boys to be printed, for teenagers who go through the same things as the characters. The storyline was good and I really felt for Jason out of all three guys. But what was up with Nelson? Wanting a relationship so bad he didn't mind if he tested positive for HIV? That part, which was half the book, kind of erked my nerves. Other than it was an ok book.
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Sep 11, 2010 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it really liked it
Shelves: nikki
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 ...more
Lennongirl
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
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Adrian
Dec 02, 2015 Adrian rated it it was ok
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
Anna Ledwin
Sep 18, 2016 Anna Ledwin rated it really liked it
:) there wasn't too much of a difference between rainbow high and rainbow boys writing (which bothered me a lot bc of its "tell not show" kind of style), but I think I became closer to the characters which made rainbow high a star higher. I also just thought the boys were really showing development, but not Too much that it was unbelievable. theyd still lash out and b asses sometimes but as Ppl they were more mature. idk, I just rly hope things work out in rainbow road
Montana Eiden
Jan 05, 2015 Montana Eiden rated it it was ok
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
Laura Hughes
Mar 31, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it really liked it
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
Lyric
Nov 13, 2014 Lyric rated it it was amazing
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
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Casey
Apr 01, 2016 Casey rated it it was amazing
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
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Josh
Dec 22, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mindee
Jul 01, 2009 Mindee rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Gissel
Aug 21, 2016 Gissel rated it really liked it
I bought this book right after I finished the first one. Once again, it didn't disappoint me. I loved the storyline. I also loved how the author wanted to show us that we shouldn't be afraid of being who we are. Jason also got better in this book. I love how he slowly came out even though he doubts his decisions. But he believes that what he does is right. Jason, Kyle, and Nelson all matured as they struggle with their decisions. Everything was great. Although there are some things that I didn't ...more
Taschima Cullen
Nov 13, 2011 Taschima Cullen rated it really liked it
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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.
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Nathan
Oct 18, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it
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
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Yok Pichchapa
Sep 23, 2007 Yok Pichchapa rated it liked it
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
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Kirsti
Nov 10, 2011 Kirsti rated it really liked it
'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
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Tyler
Dec 28, 2007 Tyler rated it it was amazing
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
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Evan
Oct 09, 2007 Evan rated it really liked it
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 ...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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Rainbow Trilogy (3 books)
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