Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 2, 2008

RAINBOW BOYS by Alex Sanchez

Filed under: Look What I'm Reading for Book Club! — sostrom @ 7:56 pm

I just finished Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.  This novel is about three gay high school boys, Jason, Kyle and Nelson.  Each are at different degrees of “out-ness” (Nelson openly gay; Kyle, knows he is gay, out in certain circles, but struggling to come out to his family in particular; Jason, unsure if he is gay or not, struggling to come out to himself, his friends and family). 

The story has lots of YA drama to it – love triangles, issues of belonging, abuse/abandonment by parents.  For me, some of the dialogue and descriptions of feelings seemed – for lack of a better word – cheesy.  Maybe a better word is melodramatic.  Of course, adolescence can feel pretty dramatic, so that might not be a problem for students.  That aside, for its subject matter alone the book is of value to a YA library.  There are some sex scenes (nothing too explicit, in my opinion) and profanity (some seemed natural, some seemed a little forced) which you should be aware of before sharing it with students. 

Overall, a good, but not great book… of course, I’m coming off of Sold, Diary of a Part-Time Indian and American Born Chinese, three tough acts to follow. 




  1. Yes, tough acts to follow for sure. Sanchez has a following. No question. This is an interesting site where he posts resources for GLBTQ teens as well as offers other important links including the invitation to email him. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — February 3, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

  2. I’m glad to hear about this book, Sarah. I really haven’t read much with GLBTQ subject matter, and because of this I really don’t have anything to recommend to students, so your feedback will be helpful!

    Comment by katefrazer — February 5, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

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