Rainbow Boys (Rainbow #1)
This ALA Best Book for Young Adults and "Publishers Weekly" Best Book of 2002 introduces Jason Carillo, a popular high school jock with a secret. When he musters up the courage to attend a nearby meeting for gay teens, he runs into two of his classmates. 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... Jason Carrillo, Kyle Meeks, and Nelson Glassman have a few things in common. All three of them go to the same high school. They're all crushing on someone they can't have. And they're all confused. 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 . . . Be sure to catch the sequel to Rainbow Boys--Rainbow High, coming out in Fall 2003 in a Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers hardcover edition. Review Quotes: "A forthright protrayal of growing up gay." 272 pages.
Nancy Gardenauthor of "Annie on My Mind" and "Good Moon Rising"There are still woefully few books for young adults that explore in depth the coming-out process of young gay men. Alex Sanchez touches on nearly all the issues involved, taking his readers on a journey through the world of three gay teenagers as they struggle with virginity, sex, body image, denial, support groups, homophobia, activism, gay bashing, parental and peer reactions, Internet predators, HIV -- and love.
Alex Sanchez spent almost fifteen years working with youth. He is the author of the teen novels Boyfriends with Girlfriends, Bait, The God Box, Getting It, Rainbow Boys, Rainbow High, and Rainbow Road, as well as the Lambda Award-winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. Lambda Literary Foundation honored Alex with an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize. He lives in Thailand and Hollywood, Florida. Visit him at AlexSanchez.com.