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This is probably one of the hardest books in the trilogy as the 3 of the main characters here deal with hell a lot! At some moments things may seem a bit cheesy especially when it comes to the parents being so 'perfect' with all the supports and acceptance but what that cheesiness really brings is hope .Hope for everyone hiding in the closet that it's okay to come out and be you. I really love Nelson and Kyle and Jason and this trilogy is one of the best summer reads out there I swear!I'm jus...
Another excellent book by Alex Sanchez, continuing the story from Rainbow Boys. This one gets a bit darker, though not too much. My biggest quibble with the book is its treatment of a secondary character, Jeremy, who is HIV positive. Nelson, one of the three main characters, dates this character and not a single character in the novel is supportive. Everybody keeps insisting that Nelson should remain friends with Jeremy, but not date him. So...does this mean that nobody should ever date or fall
The story continues Picking up where book one ended we follow Nelson, Kyle and Jason as they navigate their way through senior year of High School. Nelson really needs to give up the smokes. Sheesh. 3.75 for kickass dads.
This book had a lot of the same problems as the first one in the series - people giving speeches that sounded like they were lifted directly from public information films, the plots being an uneasy mixture of the soapy and the attempts at realism, the characters constantly falling out with each other every couple of pages. There were a few more problems in this one - while the lesbian characters in the first book were tertiary at best, their total exclusion in this one was noticed and felt rathe...
I will be continuing the series. I like how it really shows how the adult's response to gay kids makes a huge difference. Kyle is still clueless with biphobia and Jason knows nothing to correct him yet. Jason skates through a lot of shit til the end. Nelson is a drama llama as always but does make progress.FYI: One-Third Of Gay Men Haven’t Heard Of A Drug That Helps Prevent HIV https://www.buzzfeed.com/dominicholde...Notes While Listening:>>>Senior Yr. Starts with Nelson writing paper about what...
I felt like this book tried to deal with too much in too short a space of time and it didn’t quite work and came across as quite simplistic when the issues really aren’t. I did enjoy it though, not quite as much as the first one but then I suppose I’m not the target audience.
2.5 starsThe 2nd book of the series definitely suffered from the second book curse. It was slow but decent. However, the ending was bland. Due to that, I won't be reading the last book. It's safe to jump off the train now
Not quite as great as book one, but still a fantastic sequel. Sanchez certainly makes you feel for his characters.
A nice quick and easy read which I took longer to finish than I'd originally planned. It's definitely less cornier than the first one and I smiled a lot as I reached the final 4 chapters.
Initial Thoughts: Some of the language is a bit 80's or 90's-ish, which really takes you out of the book at times, especially when you realize it was published in 2003. Yes, some of the 90's might have still been around by then, but not this much. Also, the first couple of chapters act more as a PSA than a storyline, which is a bit disappointing. Also, do high school jocks really act like that? The idea of Jason being interviewed by the local news station because he came out. I understand that h...
From the first page you can envision the plight of the homosexual teenager. This novel followed four boys/men through their high school struggle. The way Alex Sanchez set up the novel with simplistic visual rhetoric was very easy to follow and intriguing. At the top of each chapter all of the main character's names were shown, but the one that was being highlighted in this section was in bold print. This reduced any confusion and showed how their lives were intertwined. Rainbow High was my first...
I started Rainbow High yesterday and like its predecessor Rainbow Boys I couldn’t stop. I was up till after 2 a.m. reading last night, another excellent read from Alex Sanchez.The three boys, Nelson Glassman, Kyle Meeks, and Jason Carrillo are completing their senior year of high school and continue to deal with homophobia coming out and the threat of HIV.Nelson is anxious to have a relationship, a little too anxious, and puts himself at risk at the end of Rainbow Boys. Now he must deal with the...
More of the same, which is good, because I totally got attached to Kyle, Jason, and Nelson. I didn't find it QUITE as compelling as the first, though I thought the Jeremy plotline was handled nicely, and the college stuff was good. I mean, I am an aged woman now, but back in the day it totally made sense to alter college plans for the people in your life, and it was nice seeing this angle.I liked everything with Jason's coming out at school, but not entirely sure I bought the coach being as cool...
This book is about Jason,Kyle,and Nelson. They are three boys who are gay and Jason and Kyle love each other but sometimes its ruff for them when it comes to thier family's.
Im reading this book and so far it's great.
i LOVE this book! Its So awesome! i recomend it too everyone!
It's an obvious 5 stars book for me!I discovered this book a few months ago while I was reading a lot of LGBTQ stuff. This book was published in 2005 so I figured the gay community wasn't that hyped like it is now. I love the story of these boys - Jason, Kyle and Nelson and also the secondary character Jeremy who's an HIV positive. I have to say that Kyle's parents were the coolest. They were trying to understand Kyle for being a gay son and the way they spoke to him and giving good advice and a...
Still pretty sweet, although it is definitely Incredibly dated. Like, it's not an awful book, but I wasn't so happy with how they dealt with Jeremy and his HIV status overall - they were shitty attitudes from most people. It was uncomfortable, but I guess that was a different culture, but still not Great, y'know. idk, it's complicated because I get that was the prevailing attitude + certainly medication and such was different. But I guess it can't be perfect. I did massively appreciate Jason's w...
Jup, liked the second book as well. I really like the realism of this series (at least it feels realistic, maybe it totally isn't, who knows).I got through it very quickly, since it really is easy to read. Still like the characters and how they make stupid decisions sometimes. I also liked how different the adults in this book dealt with the situations, and also how some of them slowly changed. (Plus, a quick shoutout to Jason's coach!)Now all that's left is the third book.
I wish that the inevitable end of a serodiscordant relationship wasn’t a breakup in this book’s eyes. I know that medicine was different during this book’s publication date, and it never actually says this, but that’s what I’m sure many kids walked away with feeling.I do love the angsty gay relationship drama this book has to offer. It needs be remarked, though, that undetectable=untransmissable, kids. And that is good. Things are getting better.
The second book of the series is definitely suffering from second book curse. The book carried problems that were in book one to book two. The ending was meh. However, the characters showed growth as the story proggresed on. The new issue that arrised for the characters were solved which makes me excited for the final book.
The sequel to Rainbow Boys is probably the hardest book out of the series. After dealing with their personal problems and sexuality, the three boys come across problems bigger than themselves. From school, to sports, to careers and to societies' views on them, the conflicts get larger under that famous Bildungsroman tone that young adult books are famous for.
Lol can't remember the last time I finished a book in less than 7 hours straight.I loved it even more than the first time and it was actually unexpected, how they ended up after all. A cute quick reading, about three cute guys, dealing with heavy themes in life, telling in a charming way. Can't way getting a hold to on book three.
Four or five stars at the end had to give it five it may have dated but the slurs and the taunts are still with us today. The characters and the heart break of adolescent love spoke so true still a time of growing up and choosing life decisions. Will be looking forward to reading book three shortly.
This is the sequel to the Rainbow Boys, which was the better book of the two. This story seems to be set in the 2000's (pub dt 2003), however when it came to discussing hiv/aids/poz issues, the author did so with an '80's attitude using information from the same decade. I found it offensive. I'll not be reading any more books by Alex Sanchez as he is clearly out of touch
Best book in the series!I loved this one the most, due to the slight realism of this novel. The first was realistic too, but this one actually made me short breathed at one part by the tension of the chapter. Highly recommend the three books and they are easy to read through.
The first book's main topic was their sexuality and fighting homophobia in their school. It was interesting. Somehow this one seems like it's the same plot and the development they had in the first book just died. It's just the author beating a dead horse, milking it. Just give it up, stop ruining my boys. Kyle already annoying, Jason is getting worse, Nelson is the only one carrying this "story"
The sequel to Rainbow Boys was a tough a read, but it was fulfilling to see Jason become more comfortable with his sexuality, the relationship with Kyle as they prepare to gradaute from high school. Kyle's friend, Nelson, dealing with his romance with guy from the Saturday gay/lesbian group.
3 / 5 ⭐️
great for lgbt youth who still need help