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Rainbow Road (Rainbow Trilogy #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,054 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
Jason Carrillo came out to his basketball team senior year and lost his university scholarship. Now, with graduation behind him and summer ending, he's asked to speak at the opening of a gay and lesbian high school across the country. But after spending years in the closet and losing his scholarship dream, what message can he offer?

Kyle Meeks is getting ready to go to Pr

Hardcover, 1st Edition, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Opposites do attract. But similars stay together.

Idk why I stopped reading this trilogy in Summer but I'm really happy and proud that I stuck with it right through the very end.

Well first of all this is one of the best books from the trilogy!! I love how so many things had happened and not just one or two and it did just focus on Jason this time, thank God.


* this is a fast read just like the other books in the trilogy so why not give it a shot?

* i definitely fell in love with every
Jan 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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kornel Sanchez
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've learned a lot from this book. Mainly that There musn't exist hatred toward GLBT people.They surely have feelings that Must be respected.They go through an eternal Hell to be more unsulted. we are not sick, that's just how we are born. I'm Bisexual. And so I do know the pain of such circumstances, the bullying, the names.(in my scenario hadn't been in those stages) But i've heard others talk about "US" with such disgust, and hate, with humiliation. And just like Jason, most of the time i sai ...more
What a wonderful way to end this trilogy! Alex Sanchez created three complex and interesting young gay men (Jason, Kyle, & Nelson) in his first novel "Rainbow Boys." Over the first two novels, the boys confronted serious issues about coming out in high school to parents, coaches, and teammates; creating a Gay-Straight Alliance; dealing with HIV; making a relationship work; and figuring out how to navigate the world as a gay teenager. All of these were issues not normally dealt with in young ...more
Jamie Fessenden
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, ya, transgendered
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Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sanchez ends the “Rainbow” –realistic fiction- trilogy with Rainbow Road. The story comes full circle. Jason Garrillo, Kyle Meeks and Nelson Glassman – the main characters- have graduated from high school entering a summer, in Virginia, full of tedious responsibilities until Jason is asked to speak at a non-traditional high school graduation ceremony in Los Angeles, California. Since Jason came out about his sexuality, his full scholarship to an Ivy League school had been taken away. Kyle, Jason ...more
Ryan Loveless
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Menglong Youk
I felt delighted and depressed at the same time after I finished the last book of the series. Feeling delighted because the series is very encouraging and gives me a lot of unexpected ideas to use whenever I have to support and defend my gay friends and my godbrother; feeling sad because in the last 5 days, this series has been my friend and kept me active. I feel like I were also in the book witnessing the whole story in order to tell the world that every human live is worth living and it shoul ...more
This is a story about 3 homosexual friends who have just graduated college. This story is told in 3 perspectives, kyle, nelson, and jason. Jason and kyle are boyfriends but Jason lost his basketball scholarship and has been invite to speak at a gay and lesbien high school that has just opened. He tells kyle about it and kyle is very happy to join his boyfriend, inviting nelson along who ahs not found his love yet and worries about being the third wheel.

This was a more intresting story about the
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this last book in the series. These books are wonderful coming-of-age novels for all teenagers. A must read, up front, and honest trio of books for any teenager who is curious or questioning their sexuality.
Jace Halter
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: winter-2016-17
it was one of those stereotypical happy endings but, I loved it.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was about a road trip that Kyle, Nelson and Jason go on, hints at the title Rainbow Road. They decided that they would go on a road trip after the fact that Jason was invited to go talk to an LGBT school that was opening in California. Some of the issues that the boys ran into was on the way to California there was a girl that came on to Jason and kissed him. She knew that Jason was with Kyle and yet still kissed him. They had a lot of adventures like the Cascade Mountains. I mean there ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's funny how books have a way of finding us at the exact moment in our lives we are supposed to read them. I had no idea when I started reading this trilogy a few months ago that the last book would line up perfectly with my own impending graduation. The feeling of excitement being met with loss that the incredible relationships you have spent so long perfecting are about to change forever. And no matter how hard you try, you can't stop it. One of the reasons I've liked this series so much is ...more
Will Lutes
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final chapter in this series was well done. Overall, I wanted to find out how the rainbow crew (as I have come to call them) made out after their high school graduation.

[Spoiler Alert]
It's nice that Nelson FINALLY finds someone and he has the courage to do something bold, from his heart, that actually might be really good for him. That he was able to find that and finally separate his symbiotic relationship (relying on Kyle as his Jimeny Cricket) was an added bonus.

That Mr. Sanchez turned
Laura Hughes
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-ya
Possibly the best of the Rainbow books, largely because the conceit of the road trip allows the three main characters to think about things other than how they are gay (although that's a central theme, since Jason is going to speak at an LGBT high school, and the triad meets various queer friends along the way). The interpersonal dynamics play out well in the heightened reality, close-quarters situation of the trip; their relationships seem grounded in reality and are entertaining in some slight ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The last book of the “Rainbow Boys” series opens up a lot of relationship issues people face—issues that are not entirely exclusive to homosexual relationships.

Sanchez effectively shows that for a relationship to work, the people involved in it must be secure about their relationship with themselves first. Knowing who you really are and what you really want is vital to sustaining a relationship with another person.

And just like what one of the couples said to the lead characters, there is no one
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice ending to the trilogy. A bit abrupt and sudden for my liking, with a little wariness about where it left off, particularly for Nelson and then wondering about what's ahead with college and such for Jason and Kyle which I did think would be touched upon at least by the end of the book. I guess it's an ending that leaves the imagination to run wild. A few sappy and/or cringe-y moments in it for me but it didn't take away much from the whole book.

I enjoyed seeing the highs and lows
IF this was book three of a series, I would have been much happier. As the final book of a trilogy, I was less enthused. However, it is tough to be hard of Alex Sanchez because there are not enough of these stories out there for gay youth. As many of the other reviews on this page, point out, there are many young gay men out there that have been touched by or identified with this series.

I like the overall story. I particularly liked the how the relationship between Kyle and Jason evolved over t
Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
I started Rainbow Road yesterday and like its predecessor Rainbow High I had trouble stopping At 1:30 a.m. I finally had to close the book to get some sleep as I had to be up in the morning. I finished it tonight and again it is another excellent read from Alex Sanchez.

Jason’s coming out to his team raised the awareness of the local media in Rainbow High, now the news has spread and he has been invited to speak at the opening of Harry Hay School in Los Angeles. The boys manage to convince the sc
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
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Matthew Little
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-ness
The rainbow finale; two books ago we met Kyle, Jason, and Nelson who each go through their own personal struggles involving their sexuality's, weather it was being gay, bi, or questioning, each ones struggles were tough but it didn't break them. Now in the third novel, the trio set out on a road trip which is accompanied by meeting some interesting characters (one of whom dresses like Britney Spears and gets Nelson to do the same), camp out, argue, and even at one point defend their sexuality on ...more
Rainbow road is about 3 gay boys, named Jason, Kyle, and Nelson. Together they struggle with their sexuality and what their peers think about them. Jason was the star of the basketball team, and had a girlfriend. Together they were the "it" couple. Until Jason discovers that he's gay, and attracted to boys. Throughout the book, he struggles with telling his parents, friends, and the rest of the team being afraid of what others will think of him.
This book reminded me of how harsh a student body c
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-fiction
The Rainbow Trilogy is simply an accurate account of being a Gay teen in the Noughties. Three young, Gay males deal with the common issues of coming out and surviving: Nelson, flamboyant and out since grade school; Kyle his best friend, shy, smart and out only to Nelson as the series begins; and Jason a closeted, hot jock whose forced to become a "role model" as he becomes Kyle's boyfriend. The three friends are real, flawed and help each other deal with their particular issues.

Reading these as
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: young-adult, lgbtqa
I love how real this is. The trilogy presents real issues that teens face, gay or straight.

The characters are probably some of my favourites of all time. I love the character development, and I really enjoyed seeing them grow. The three boys are as opposite as can be, but yet so similar. It just works. I can't choose a favourite between the three; I love all of them!

Kyle and Jason's relationship is wonderful. I like that they were friends first, because it's something that I don't often see. I a
2.5 stars.
As much as I love Alex Sanchez and the trio, I couldn't help feeling this book wasn't a satisfying ending to the series.
I liked really seeing the conflict pick up in Kyle and Jason's relationship and how they dealt with it. Some of the scenes, like Nelson talking to the little kid at the campground brought a joyous feeling inside me.
On the other hand,I found random events were thrown in with the sole purpose of keeping the plot moving, such as Nelson getting sick. I loved Nelson's bo
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
The conclusion of this coming-of-age trilogy about three gay boys that began with Rainbow Boys and continued in Rainbow High sees Nelson, Kyle and Jason embark on a road trip across the continent - with plenty of various kinds of dramas that put their friend-/relationships to the test. I have to admit the teenage drama was occasionally a bit over the top - because really, how much important-/relevant-issue-related drama can three people experience on a two week trip? Nevertheless, it was a fun r ...more
Donna Zakem
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I finally fineshed the third and final book in Alex Sanchez's trilogy about Nelson, Kyle and Jason. This installment sends them on a cross - country camping roadtrip from Virginia to California, where Jason is scheduled to be a guest speaker at a newly opened "Alternative" High School. Along the way they learn many new things about life, love, self and each other. It took me longer to read this book than it did the others, but it wasn't for lack of trying. As they say, life happens. I was ...more
Moni Kanchna Kunvuth
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh my god!I love this book sooo much!I haven't read a book so good for quite a while now.This one,like the other two (Rainbow Boys and Rainbow High) are books for coming-of-age gay teens who want to seek their true feeling,craving for support,finding true loves,being understood by others,etc.
While reading this one,I thought I wasn't going to give it five stars.It was quite irritating at first.My most favorite character is Kyle and he seemed to get hurt a lot in the book that it makes me feel rea
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely the most mature and wide reading of the Rainbow books, I found it odd how it was the least steamy. It's a good thing. There is one issue that none of the books truly addressed that I had hoped would come up but didn't and that's the promiscuity that Nelson seems to endorse though hardly acts on. Although it may endear him to some readers, I fear it promotes the idea of casual sex.

The characters start true to their form at the beginning of the book but it's gratifying to see how they i
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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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