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
Alex Sanchez's Rainbow Boys takes me back to those angst-filled high school days...
Jason is a star athlete and has a promising future ahead of him. He’s not above making or laughing at the occasional gay joke or slur with his friends. But why is he having intense dreams about guys? He has a girlfriend and they have sex, so he can’t be gay.
Nelson is openly gay and he’s lucky to have such a supportive mother. It’s tough being out in school, though, facing taunts and bullying and even ...more
Allow me to remind everyone that every opinion, review, or comment contains bias: whether that bias be influenced by personal experience, inherent beliefs, or time. If I ...more
Honestly, I have no idea why I haven't read this already because it's an absolute must read. When this book came out I would have just been going into high school, and I think this novel would be brilliant and do the most good in the ...more
Well enough of my problems. Though there might me a lot of parts where it just kept changing from one scene to another it really is a must read for every one!
I first heard about Rainbow Boys ages ago. Well now that I think about it—it was probably about 15 years ago. Eek! That’s why I don’t do math. :D So when I mentioned to a couple of friends of mine that I was finally reading this, I wasn’t too surprised to hear the same statement pop out of their mouths—“Oh, I love that book, but it is so dated”. But how can I explain that the dated-ness is one of the biggest reasons why I love this book?
Young adult fiction now contains piles and piles of LGBTQ f ...more
Kyle was my favorite character, as he finally came out during his ...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
Second time reading and still as good as the first. I love how we get a look at all three boys and their differences, while seeing them all at the same time.
Its hard to pick a favorite as they all have good and bad points. But I think despite how whinny he can be, Nelson is the one I feel most attuned too. Not the flamboyant sassy Nelson, but the insecur ...more
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE AND TREASURE THIS BOOK! HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT FOR TEENS AND ADULTS WHO WANT TO REMEMBER THEIR YOUTH & INNOCENCE
Many years ago when I was in middle school, I was beginning to discover who I am and who I liked. I fought a ...more
The characters were likeable and individual, the narrative alternates perspectives between the three main characters: Jason the unsatisfied jock who has a girlfriend but lusts after men, Kyle the easygoing swim team star who is hopelessly in love with Jason & Nelson the out and proud opinionated bes ...more
Cute story of three senior year boys coming of age and coming to terms with being gay in a largely bigoted high school. Told in turn by the perspective of each boy (properly highlighted at the start of each chapter and throughout at the bottom of each page)... Nelson Glassman, out and proud at home and school; Kyle Meeks, closeted to family and school at first but active in a Rainbow Youth Group; and Jason Carri ...more
Found in the LGBTQ section of Foyles at a good price and I new I'd liked it. Three gay character all dealing differently with their coming out. It was interesting and felt very real. Maybe a bit old fashioned but still very good. ...more
That being said, I think I would have liked this a lot more when I was younger. 2011-2012 was when the narrative of "miserable queer teenagers" was ending and being replaced by stories where queer teens just happened to be queer, and in the past couple years I've grown to like the latter narrative more. But I ...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
I don't know what's going on in the gay world... But that book made me feel like those people which have to fight so many hard moments in their days with other people which just can't accept them. I'm not ...more
-I know this book is dated but it doesn't even take place THAT long ago. The reality of high school being like this isn't that far back and I think it's really important we don't take for granted how good life now can be sometimes. We can't just write off anything that is dated because it doesn't reflect ho ...more
For me, the character development is barely there, nothing new with Nelson or the basic second character that was very very forgettable for me.
Jason is the only one that developed perfectly, from an abused homophobe struggling with his ...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