Rainbow Boys (Rainbow Trilogy: Book 1)

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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.

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  • More Man than You'll Ever Be

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    Adolescent yearning is always an excruciatingly slippery slope, difficult to navigate and impossible to climb without falling flat on your face unless you are a bastion of unassailable confidence. The three boys who are the main focus of this novel have the additional burden of being gay. The novel alternates adeptly among the boys’s three viewpoints, capturing their individual “voices” so clearly you can almost hear them speaking in your head. Their yearnings to fit in and stand out are almost painful to read. None of them are sure about what they’re doing; even the defiant Nelson with his flamboyance and defiant outspokenness to the school bullies can mess up big time. The novel doesn’t downplay the harshness of modern American society towards homosexuals; even straights that associate with gay people can be censured with their sympathies. At the same time, we realize that Nelson, Jake and Kyle are just like other teenaged boys—all unsure of themselves and making their tremulous way in a world that can seem utterly baffling to them. I adored each and every one of these three. While I don’t know just what will happen to them, if or how they’ll stay together in the future, I found myself rooting for their battles to be happy individuals. More power to them.