Rainbow High
by Sanchez, Alex

Follows three gay high school seniors as they struggle with issues of coming out, safe sex, homophobia, being in love, and college choices.

Alex Sanchez received his master's in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University, and for many years he worked as a counselor of youth and families both in the United States and abroad. He received a "Flying Start" from Publishers Weekly for his work on Rainbow Boys, which was a Lambda Literary Award finalist as well as an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. When not writing, Alex tours the country, talking with teens, librarians, and educators about the importance of teaching tolerance and self-acceptance. He lives in Rosslyn, Virginia. Visit www.AlexSanchez.com for more information.

Kyle, Jason, and Nelson from Rainbow Boys (2001) return to continue their Dawson's-Creek-with-extra-gay-boys soap opera and finish out their senior year. Kyle wrestles with his decision over which college to attend and faces homophobia from his swim team. Jason comes out to his basketball teammates and deals with becoming a role model when he draws media attention. Nelson has to have an HIV test after finding out his first sexual experience might have infected him. Since he tests negative, he must then decide whether he can date someone who is positive. All three boys have some trouble and some support at home. The end of the school year and the prom help tie things up neatly. The issues come fast and furious, but they're handled well and are intrinsic to the story and characters. Fans of the first book will enjoy this second helping of sometimes-melodramatic soapy goodness. However, if your budget will only support the purchase of one gay-themed novel this year, David Levithan's Boy Meets Boy (p. 1075) is superior in many ways. Includes a list of advocacy groups and help lines. (Fiction. YA) Copyright Kirkus 2003 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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