Rainbow High

Rainbow High

Paperback - 2005
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Follows three gay high school seniors as they struggle with issues of coming out, safe sex, homophobia, being in love, and college choices.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005, c2003.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780689854781
Characteristics: 247 pages ;,21 cm.

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FindingJane
Nov 25, 2016

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 they struggle with issues about coming out, being with HIV-positive partners or which college to attend. If you’ve ever had problems like these, you’ll find yourself nodding or whispering aloud as you read how these boys tackle their various problems. None of them are perfect and they occasionally fail to help themselves. They take the coward’s way out, give accepted answers to appease others or throw tantrums when they don’t get their own way. They’re flawed characters and this makes reading them a constant source of excitement.

I have only high praise for Mr. Sanchez’s efforts here. I hope to get my hands on “Rainbow Road” and soon.

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theartofbeing
Jul 19, 2014

Where to begin....The sequels follows the stories of Jason, Kyle, and Nelson, introduced in the first book in the series, and the struggles they face after finally coming to terms with their sexualities--and the consequences that come along with that.

I fell in love with the characters in the first book, and I wanted to read the second so I could figure out what happened next to the three boys. However, I was very disappointed with Rainbow High. Everything about it seemed repetitive and unnecessary. The characters were constantly bickering about pointless things, and while I understand it was supposed to add to the realism of the story, it was very aggravating as a reader.

The story touched the subjects of HIV and fears for the future, which were handled in a mediocre fashion at best. Some parts of it seemed unrealistic for the time period it is set in--the early 2000's, where there were still large numbers of small-minded people--which took away from the whole experience.

Overall, the second book was definitely a disappointment in contrast to the first. If a few adjustments had been made, then this would have definitely been a better read.

Timandtom Mar 25, 2011

sweet touching sequel to Rainbow boys - the weakest of the three but worth the read

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Phantomplanet
Feb 09, 2016

Phantomplanet thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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