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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Taylor has room for exactly two things in her life: improving her performance as a college basketball player and maintaining the grades she needs to stay on the team and someday play in the WNBA. But when she meets the beautiful and confident Melony, Taylor's whole way of life is called into question. RAINBOW is a coming-of-age queer love story with a Love Jones kind of vi ...more
Kindle Edition, 68 pages
Published December 9th 2019
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3.5☆ A Compelling YA LGBTQ Love Story

Taylor and Melony had a connection the minute they sat next to each other on the school bus.

Taylor knew she liked Melony, so why did she find it so hard to tell her she was gay and attracted to her.

But Melony already knew, so that night they shared their first kiss, the passion just felt right.
If only Taylor would let her guard down and commit her actual feelings to Melony instead of hiding and making Melony feel like just a hook up, and when Taylor could fit
Jessica Belmont
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rainbow is everything I hoped and more. What an inspiring novella. I’ve been really wanting to find a representative story, and Rainbow was offered through my email. I absolutely adore this story and I’m giving it 5 stars even though it deserves more!

This is a queer, coming of age story that is wonderfully written. Taylor is a perfectly relatable character. I was immediately connected to her and I loved learning more about her.

I wanted this to be longer because I absolutely didn’t want the story
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
Rainbow follows Taylor and Melony, two college students who meet during a trip and begin a relationship. Throughout the course of their romance, the two women must learn to acknowledge their feelings and begin the path to self-acceptance and coming out. Trouble arises as one takes these steps more easily than the other.

I appreciated that Rainbow focused on the internal struggle of realizing that you are queer, a lens that is sometimes ignored in favor of focusing on worry about how the character
I read Rainbow for the second time, and I'm happy I did. It's such an impactful story in a short amount of pages. Can't wait to see what Verde Arzu comes up with next. ...more
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, romance


Rainbow is a short and sweet story about accepting yourself and finding love, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The highlight of the story is in the characters. Taylor is the star of the show. I loved her from the first page and could relate to whatever she went through. It is always a challenge to accept yourself and come out when you are part of a group and on the limelight. The author writes the emotions of the characters very w
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, gift, lgbtq
The start of the story describes Taylor's trip to Washington, DC, and her anger — two months before, Hurricane Katrina has destroyed the city of New Orleans, and the Black community were left to deal with the aftermath alone. On the bus ride there, Taylor sits next to Melody, who is friendly and outgoing, and already knows Taylor's basketball stats off by heart.

I really enjoyed this coming out tale. The story is told from Taylor's point of view as she struggles with her internal conflict about h
Melina Lobo
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I sided with my head and kept going.
Taylor has always focused on her future, and her future has always been basketball.
She had never let anything deviate her from her goals until she met Melony.
Now, Taylor has to answer the questions she's known all along.
Melony has created an opening to tell the world who she is, because no matter what the world says, love is love.
Rainbow is a queer novella by Verde Arzu.
Taylor is scared of coming out, worried about what the world and especially family wi
Misty's Book Space
3.5 stars

Thank you to the author and R&R Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a novella so it's pretty short which made it a very quick and easy read. I really enjoyed this book but I was left wanting more. This is a case where what the author has given you is enough to make a good story but it wasn't enough to make me connect with the characters or to really get invested and care about them.

Because it is so short it is very insta lovey wh
Brianna J
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
In this page-turner, we get a ton of themes that are relatable to many young people: familial obligation, hard work, determination, love, romance, sex, coming-of-age, expectation, navigating coming out and peers, and teamwork.

The overall story-line took me back to college as the story started with a Black Student Union trip to a march where many inspirational people were giving speeches that would ignite the students in varying ways.

The theme from the story that sat with me the most isn’t nece
Claire Davis
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I have given Rainbow by Verde Arzu three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really enjoyed how Rainbow was written, it kept the book flowing so well that I managed to read this in one sitting. Verde Arzu is an exceptionally great author who really knows how to engage her audience with her words.

This book is about two college students who meet during a trip organised by their black student union from college to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Million Man March. It’s about self-acceptance and findin
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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"What was the point of going to marches, yelling and screaming and crying at the injustice, if I wasn't going to come back and fight for myself?"

I love how social issues were at the forefront of this story and impacted the way that Taylor and Melony operated in the world and with each other. Their Blackness was just as important as their sexuality and Arzu showed the intersectionality of their identities so well. Melony was headstrong and wasn't afraid to ask for what she wanted. Taylor was
Ari Ózmeg
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it

La representación siempre es importante. No me decepcionó en absoluto. Un romance que entendí, pero a pesar de todo, a veces debes estar consiente de cómo tratas a las personas, y de que no puedes culpar a los/las demás por tus duelos internos. Mucho menos hablando de identidad. Melony es un personaje muy agradable. Taylor es un lío, así que mi empatía por ella fue difícil. Más visibilidad para las historias lésbicas. Lástima que no sea un libro que muchas personas conozcan. A veces me
Verde Arzu writes a difficult coming out story for Taylor as she is just trying to succeed on her own merit without fighting anymore obstacles than she already is. I love Taylor. I am withholding an opinion on Melony...let me know how you feel about her after you read the story.

This is a great romance as it showcases love, dedication, and drive plus the struggle in-between as to what is important to fight for at the end of the day. Arzu does not take any shortcuts and does not give any easy ans
Alexis Miller
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is super quick to read and also unique. It was the first LGBTQ+ book I have read (simply because it's the first I came across) and I loved the main character's personality. I did wish that certain parts of the book were played out more though. I didn't feel attached to the couple in the story and I think I could have if there was more detail about their relationship. There was a lot written about feelings but not a lot of events that would make me have those same feelings. ...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
Rainbow is absolutely brilliant. Being queer, like everything else in life, is not the same experience for everyone. Neither is the journey to discovering you are. This brilliant novella brings that journey to life, and even though it's short you connect with Taylor and you can't help but hope for the best for her. A vibrant novella that you'll want to read again. ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a cute book! I desperately wish it was longer and the story was more elaborated. But definitely something I'd want to read over and over again. :) ...more
A beautiful little story. I really enjoyed it.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The story is well-written and I read this in one sitting and I will reread it over and over again. The characters are great and I loved how real they feel. The internal debate that Taylor goes through is very well written and explored, I feel that it is something that many people will be able to relate to. I loved the character’s relationships with one another and also how Taylor grows and develops as a character.

This is a cute queer book by a Black Queer author, that really needs more people t
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Verde Arzu is a passionate, middle school special education teacher. She graduated from Fisk University, a historically black college and university (HBCU) located in Nashville, TN. There she earned a B.A in History.

Her love for teaching pushed her to go on to graduate school where she earned a Master of Science in Special Education from National University. Verde is not only a teacher but an advo

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