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Rainbow High

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Rainbow High

Graduation is approaching for Kyle, Jason and Nelson, and this time is full of difficult decisions. Jason, a star basketball player, is unsure how the basketball team will react to his announcement that he is gay. Nelson, who has been out and proud for years, is worried that he may have contracted the HIV virus --- but when he starts seriously dating an HIV-positive boy, he is not sure how to feel. Brainy Kyle has his choice of colleges, but going to the school that will give him the most opportunities to succeed will mean leaving his love, Jason. Jason and Kyle's relationship is put to the test when Jason breaks the news publicly that he and Kyle are dating; Kyle wasn't ready for Jason's announcement. Each decision has benefits and consequences, and each boy will have to make his decision on his own.

RAINBOW HIGH is a thoughtful and honest portrayal of gay teen life, neither sugarcoated to form happy endings nor constantly despairing about the problems of being a gay teen. While on the surface Jason, Kyle and Nelson fit everyday high school stereotypes, each is a complex, likeable character with very real questions and concerns. Alex Sanchez also has an ear for dialogue and infuses the book with humor, balancing the seriousness of the boys' situations.

Whether you're straight, gay or otherwise, this is an important book, one that will make you think, laugh, cry and --- most importantly --- question.

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Reviewed by Carlie Webber on October 18, 2011

Rainbow High
by Alex Sanchez

  • Publication Date: November 1, 2003
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 0689854773
  • ISBN-13: 9780689854774