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Promiscuous sophomore Gin is throwing a "Rainbow Party," at which girls "put on a different color lipstick, and the guys all drop their pants." In theory, after the girls perform oral sex on the boys, they would be left with rainbows around their penises. The author takes the perspective of Gin and her invitees in the hours before her after-school party. They all have reasons for going (Sandy hopes to find love, virgin Brick is being pressured by his friend to gain sexual experience, and there are rumors that Perry is gay)—and their own anxieties, too. This debut novel takes a steamy premise, and adds in plenty of racy material, too, including oral sex between two boys in a school bathroom, but while the author makes a compelling argument against abstinence-only education and also against limited definitions of sex, readers may tire of the standard-issue characters. They may also start to cringe every time a character talks about oral sex not really being sex. There is some important information to be gleaned here (Gin and Perry have mysterious sore throats, and Hunter notices a "burning sensation" when he urinates; later they learn of a gonorrhea outbreak among the sophomore class), but in the end, the story here is not as compelling as its premise. Ages 14-up. (June)
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Grade 9 Up -When Ginger arranges for an oral sex party to be held at her home, most of the teens she invites-some in relationships, some not-say that they will attend, and then figure out ways to avoid it. Egomaniac Hunter talks his friend Perry into going, although Perry regularly gives him plenty of oral sex. Surprise-having left work early, Gin's father shows up. Even though Hunter arrives with a bunch of condom balloons, Dad doesn't notice anything out of the ordinary. But when 39 members of the sophomore class are diagnosed with gonorrhea, Gin gets the blame. The story is told in sometimes crude or suggestive language, the writing is stilted, and there is little character development. The inclusion of a health teacher who happens to be covering the issue of STDs, along with opposition to the party by the teen founder of the Celibacy Club, seems forced. Actually, with its too-obvious agenda, much of the novel seems forced, but particularly curious readers will plow through to the end. Melvin Burgess's Doing It (Holt, 2004) is far more graphic in its depiction of teen sexuality, but it is a much better crafted book. -Diane P. Tuccillo, City of Mesa Library, AZ
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141690235X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416902355
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an eighteen-year-old female who, not too long ago, went through middle school and high school; I am very familiar with young adolescents' fixation with sex and the other issues that weigh on their minds. I encountered this book when reading a news article on it and decided to see for myself what all the controversy was about.

The first few pages had me laughing. Not only is this book devoid of any literary merit, it is an extremely unrealistic look at the adolescent world. I realize that oral sex is rampant among young teens, but to have an "issue that needs to be confronted," as some reviewers have referred to it, presented in such a substandard way is doing a disservice to our teens.

If this book is indeed aimed at the young adult age group (as it says), why isn't it written in a more mature style? Compare this novel to the style of To Kill a Mockingbird, a book included in a standard ninth-grade English curriculum-or A Separate Piece, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Great Expectations. At fourteen years old, one's intellectual capacity is much deeper than the shallow writing of Rainbow Party pervades.

Yes, parents, you DO have to worry about issues of sex with your children. But please, do them a favor and confront them yourself with the reality of it-don't let them read about oral sex in a book that glamorizes it, letting them think that it guarantees you popularity, unless you MIGHT get an STD. Let them learn from a more reliable source than a feeble semi-pornographic teen novel.

And I'd wonder about the "insight" that allows a male author to write from a modern teenage girl's perspective. I'm sure he enjoyed putting his perverted fantasy on paper and making a profit off of it, too.
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You were young once. Try to cut through the smoke-screen of your memory and really, really think about what you were doing back then. The truth is you were probably horny as all get out. But you would never, ever subject yourself to a "party" such as this. And don't be fooled into thinking that the times have changed so drastically that the youth are more open about their bodies than you were.

Use good judgement and cut through this B.S.
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Please. The number one thing wrong with this book isn't the lascivious story and attitude(yes, it's possible to be liberally-minded about sex--even about sexual longings and exploration of children), it's the lame and unbelievable writing.

The number two thing wrong is its leering, idiotic and insulting take on teenage girls. These books have been around forever--decades, in fact--but with each passing generation they've gotten more and more explicit and exploitative. That last adjective is the perfect one to describe this trashy Jacqueline Susann for young girls: exploitative. Does the author really care two cents about what happens to teen girls in a world seemingly hopelessly screwed up as concerns matters sexual, or the problem of sex education(or total lack of)?

Or does he want to write a book so "Ooooh! SHOCKING!" that it rockets to the top of bestseller lists and makes him (and the publisher) a ton of money? Which do you think?

No girl--not one that's out of her mind drunk(and NONE who are otherwise stoned) would "service" various guys to the extent that they'll leave bright rainbow rings around the base of...just NO. Stupid and demeaning and presents the libido of girls as whorish. Nice stuff for pre-teens, hmmm? No.
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Whatever you are looking for in literature, this book isn't it. No drama, no action, no plot, no moral, certainly no erotica. Save your money.
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I am still a teenager and i bought the book thinking it would be another trashy novel (gossip girl anyone)to add to my collection.. i had not heard anything about it before hand. Once i read it i was shocked its disgusting and totally innapropriat for anyone my age to read. If the author really wanted to make a point that this goes on why did he feel the need for the graphic oral sex scene? ok so oral sex forsure happens in high school but like why was it neccesary to glorify it like something so amazing in a book directed to teenagers.. making it seem like "everyones doing it"
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I saw this book years ago on Amazon and wanted to order it but changed my mind multiple times. I am thankful I never spent more than a penny on it. First off, the book is very sexual and yes you would think that by reading the description on here, but it was more sexual that I had expected it to be. It wasn't very entertaining..I thought it would give me a good laugh. The plot development was poor and I disliked 98% of the characters. The story was also incredibly predictable and overall felt like a waste of time.

I also Googled "rainbow parties" after reading this to see if they were a "thing" and apparently they were a trend. Oprah talked about these parties on her show, but I am unsure of when. Had to have been a while ago when I was much younger because I feel like the whole concept of these parties is something I would have remembered hearing about because it's ridiculous.
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The book DOES NOT glorify sex, oral sex, or group sex parties. I actually read the whole book.

The book DOES bring up some interesting discussion points:

--Peer pressure led many of the teens in the book to plan to go to the party against their own better judgement.

--Wanting to be popular or to be liked by someone might cause you to want to do something you'd rather not do.

--No matter what rumors you hear, most of your friends are not as experienced as you might believe, or as they may have you believe.

--There is indeed a double standard. The girl who originally planned the party discovers in the end that boys who are promiscuous still have lots of friends, but girls who are promiscuous seldom do.

--Oral sex IS sex. (And no, Bill Clinton didn't invent the idea that it was not--but Bill Clinton isn't mentioned in the book, that's just my humble opinion.)

--Love IS important, and will make you happy, and you don't have to have sex with someone just because you are in love with them.

--Having sex with someone you aren't in love with will not make you happy, and will probably make you unhappy.

--You CAN get STDs from oral sex. And not getting information about safe sex will not necessarily lead to teens abstaining from sex, but may lead to teens spreading STDs.

--There are consequenses to your actions. (Whoa! Now there's a concept for you!)

--The happiest, most well-adjusted teens in the book were abstaining from sex. (There's even a "Celibacy Club" in the school the characters attend, and it is NOT the object of ridicule by the characters in the book.
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