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Sanchez's debut novel chronicles the senior year of three gay teens struggling with issues ranging from coming out to first love to an HIV scare. The story lines communicate a hint of an educational agenda (Sanchez sprinkles in the names of support groups like Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays into the novel, and lists contact information for organizations at the end), but the characters' complicated feelings are well drawn, and readers will find themselves interested in each of the protagonists' lives. Sanchez creates modern situations that speak to contemporary teens: Nelson and Kyle stand up to their principal for the right to form a gay-straight alliance at their school, and Nelson has unprotected sex with a stranger he meets online. The relationship between Kyle and closeted jock Jason also develops realistically, and the awkward triangle among the three males builds subtly and convincingly. Readers will learn and understand both boys' perspectives, from Jason's fear that he will be found out to Kyle's growing agitation at his mixed messages. Some of the writing is stilted ("You would've thought the prodigal son had come home," Sanchez writes when Kyle finally connects with his father), and some of the language and sexual situations may be too mature for some readers, but overall there's enough conflict, humor and tenderness to make this story believable--and touching. Ages 12-up. (Oct).
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Gr 9 Up-Nelson, "out" to the world, is secretly in love with his best friend Kyle. Kyle doesn't look gay or advertise it, but since he hangs out with Nelson, he's subject to the same harassment at school. Kyle is secretly in love with Jason, a popular jock who has a popular girlfriend but who can't stop dreaming of sex with boys. When Jason, trying to sort out his confusion, shows up at a Rainbow Youth meeting, he is greeted by both "Nelly" and Kyle, who are as shocked to see him as he is to be seen. This uncomfortable confrontation starts the ball rolling down a path of deception, denial, revelation, and acceptance not only for the three young men, but also for their friends, family, and all concerned. This gutsy, in-your-face debut novel speaks the language of real life for gay teens, that of the ecstasy, heartache, and humor of first love (and sex), that of daily harassment and fear, that of having what it takes to stand up and be proud of who you are. There will no doubt be challenges to Rainbow Boys, much like the challenges of Judy Blume's Forever (Turtleback, 1975) when it was published in the 1970s. But please, have the courage to make it available to those who need it-it can open eyes and change lives.
Betty S. Evans, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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Alex Sanchez really hits it with this introduction to Jason, Kyle and Nelson. He captures the various struggles of gay youth and brings them all together through growing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Morrow
I stayed up till three thirty am reading this book. I heard of this book and thought it looked really interesting and thought it could relate to me because I'm gay too. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Twin Mom
I liked it a lot. Read it all in one sitting. The characters were funny and enjoyable to read. The plot was maybe a bit cliché but it was nice. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Veronica Perez
Well my book arrived on time and in great condition I bought mine used but in hardcover (because they hold up better than paperback for rereading) along with the authors signature... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Missy Llusion
I got this book only because a young Matt Bomer is on the cover. The story is okay.Published 8 months ago by Robbie
This book was funny and witty but addressed many serious topics. Very informational for GLBTQs of every age and race.Published 10 months ago by Kathy Hardee
Gay boys story in school. For kids just coming out. A nice gift for a novice.Published 10 months ago by J C Richardson/Bettelon
It’s the same old coming out story that has been told several times over, though there is up to date information at the back about help groups. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay