Rainbow Boys (Paperback)
|Author: Alex Sanchez|
|High school's hard enough as it is without being in love with your best friend. Or not knowing how to accept who you are. Or fearing the truth...|
From the Publisher:
Three high school seniors, a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay, and a flamboyant gay rights advocate, struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex, and conflicting feelings about each other.Jason Carrillo is a jock with a steady girlfriend, but he can't stop dreaming about sex...with other guys.
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 age and out of the closet. In a revealing debut novel that percolates with passion and wit, Alex Sanchez follows these very different high-school seniors as their struggles with sexuality and intolerance draw them into a triangle of love, betrayal, and ultimately, friendship.
A high school student named Jason has a girlfriend but secretly has sexual feelings for other boys. When he attends a meeting for gay teens, he is surprised to meet two of his fellow classmates--the shy and closeted Kyle and the proud-to-be-gay Nelson. As Jason gets to know both Kyle and Nelson, he explores his feelings regarding his own sexuality. This story is told from the viewpoints of all three boys.
"The chapters rotate among the viewpoints of the three boys, a narrative technique that provides a crystal picture of each character. It also drives home the homophobia at school and the abuse guys suffer and provides a lot of information about gay sexuality in the same way that Judy Blume's FOREVER did for the heterosexual experience." 10/15/2001 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The love triangle of Jason, Kyle, and Nelson also demonstrates that homosexual romance can be just as personally complicated as heterosexual romance. Yet Sanchez never oversimplifies the parallel, maintaining a strong sense of the cultural and social difficulties faced by gay youth, many of which their heterosexual counterparts may never have imagined....[the author] creates believably nuanced portrayals, offering a rare look at not just one or two, but three gay characters interacting with each other and acting within a larger community of gay and straight characters. When a work of fiction embodies such accuracy and emotional complexity, there is but one word to describe it: true." - Kate McDowell November 2001