Rainbow Boys (Rainbow Trilogy #1)
Jason Carrillo is a jock with a steady girlfriend, but he can't stop dreaming about sex...with other guys.
Kyle Meeks doesn't look gay, but he is. And he hopes he never has to tell anyone -- especially his parents.
Nelson Glassman is "out" to the entire world, but he can't tell the boy he loves that he wants to be more than just friends.
Three teenage boys, coming of ag...more
Rainbow Boys is a coming of age story told from the alternating perspectives of three teenage boys, all in different stages of understanding their sexuality.
Jason is the school jock, a key member of the basketball team. He is dating one of the most popular girls in school, and he even has sex with her......more
I was recently warned that I may be in danger of hell-fire for promoting books such as these because students may "turn gay" after reading this material. This is ridiculous. A student does not "turn gay" simply by reading a book. There are many factors that contribute to an individual's sexual orientation. There...more
The book sends great messages about the importance of safe sex regardless of your sexual orientation, relationships without sex and sex without a relationship, HIV and AIDS, and the prejudice and abuse many young gay men experience from their peers and their comm...more
It seems as if the author started brainstorming a list of all the types of people a gay teen might come across in his life, then decided to throw them all into the book rather than only choosing some.
Two-dimensional bully? Check. Dad in denial who pushes his son towards football and hockey? Check. PFLAG mom you can "talk to about anything"? Check. Angry...more
The setting was pretty simple: three boys from three different aspects of life. Cliche? Maybe, but from a kid's perspective it fit very well in to the world I was living in. Everything i...more
All three boys must face their fears, whether it’s being rejected by their family, taking a chance on love or standing up for who they are…once they figure all that out, of course…and none of it is easy.
Along with ‘Hero’, ‘Rainbow Boys’ was one of the first LGBTQIAP books I came across online. Regardless, it took me ages...more
Alex Sanchez has done a spectacular job of creating three believable main characters. Jason is the jock who is just trying to understand himself. Kyle is the "typical" teen who simpl...more
I picked this up from Borders on a gigantic sale, mostly because hooray queer YA! Realised partway into chapter 1 that I had in fact read it before, and unfortunately I don't think it stood up nearly as well to the reread as I would have hoped. My (terribly useless to other people; sorry) reviews once again fall down at the 3 star level, because this certainly wasn't BAD, but it also wasn't all that great, and definitely...more
The copy looks like something from the 1980s, and I'm not sure why. No one is wearing anything dated and the copyright date is 2001. I think it just reminds me of some of the girly books I saw that were from the '80s. Or maybe it's the front right guy's hair. Anyways, the cover in combination with the descrip made me think it was going to be cliche.
I picked it up anyway, because it was one of the few queer lit books at my local l...more
“Jason glanced around the theatre. His pulse quickened. The longer his hand stayed there, the more significant the fact became, the more difficult it would be to explain away. He should remove his hand now. Do it. Now. But Kyle’s hand beneath his own excited him too much.” (p. 99)
Honesty. We all want to be able to share with our friends. We all want to know our parents would accept us… even though we may not want to talk to them. And we all want to know ourselves. This b...more
Primo capitolo di una trilogia, è uno dei pochi decenti libri di narrativa gay arrivati in Italia. L'ho letto aspettandomi molto e come da copione mi sono...more
So, I was looking through the school library in hopes of finding a really good LGBT book. Unfortunately, the library didn't have much of a selection in this area, so I settled for Rainbow Boys (I was a little skeptical from the start for the mere reason that the title seemed so cliche). This book definitely informed me about...more
If this book was a movie, it would most certainly be rated PG-13, so parents, be aware. While it does not have graphic descriptions of homosexual intercourse, there are some detailed inferences of the boys’ sexual encounters, so I would recommend this book only for mature teenagers, approximately high school age and up.
If you are a parent o...more
As much as I loved this book, I couldn't put the darn thing down. I have picked a favorite character and I see myself liking Kyle more than anyone else. I laughed, I cried, and I felt like punching Nelson in the gut. If that boy complained about being fat one more time, I woulda helped him throw up! >.< I can't help myslef, but I blushed every time the boys kissed or became intimate. I received this book from swap on Friday and I just couldn't put it down. I finished it today...more
Most reviews want to know “What have you learned while reading this book?” Well, nothing, really. It just showed the facts more clearly - a lot of people dislike the homosexual community and, because of this, go out of their way to make them uncomforta...more
At some point in the book, I stopped thinking about how the author was trying to push for acceptance of gay teens and started thinking that probably every teenager faced hard times similar to these young men. By the end, I saw the book more as a general statement on th...more
Jason Carillo, the stereotypical confused jock, challenges his taught beliefs with his emotions. Compared to the other characters, his story was given the most attention to. He lives in shame, even addressing others like him with derogatory nicknames that he can’t admit to himself. He adds the sympathetic touch to a straight man who is questioning his sexuality. In one chapter he rants to himself. His mind argues that “He needed to talk...more
picked up the book because of the photographer who did the cover and ended up reading it.
i don't regret it but i don't recommend it either. mr. sanchez's first novel ( written 12 years ago )
treated the subject like an abc family after school special to be watched by junior high schoolers in the
times have changed so much that the book can not sustain the reality of the facts and the mental level of
nowadays teens' issues.
mr.sanchez really generalized, stereotyped and [ i am sure ] f...more