Synopses & Reviews
Jason Carrillo came out to his basketball team senior year and lost his university scholarship. Now, with graduation behind him and summer ending, he's asked to speak at the opening of a gay and lesbian high school across the country. But after spending years in the closet and losing his scholarship dream, what message can he offer?
Kyle Meeks is getting ready to go to Princeton in the fall and trying to see as much as possible of his boyfriend Jason before they have to separate. When Jason tells him about his speaking invitation, Kyle jumps at the chance to drive across country with him. Yet he can't help worrying: Will their romance survive two weeks crammed together in a car?
Nelson Glassman is happy his best friend Kyle has found love with Jason. Now he's looking for his own true love and hopes he might find his soul mate during the road trip. But will being the "third wheel" in a trio ruin his friendships with Kyle and Jason?
During an eye-opening postgraduation summer road trip, each of the three very different boys also embarks on a personal journey across a landscape of love, sexuality, homophobia, and above all, friendship.
"More soapy goodness....There are more after-school-special moments here than in the previous volumes, but fans of the trilogy will adore this final installment." Kirkus Reviews
"The final installment of this trilogy is a true winner....Sanchez writes with humor and compassion....[A] tender book that will likely be appreciated and embraced by young adult readers." School Library Journal
"Flamboyant Nelson remains annoyingly predictable, alas, but the other two boys are sympathetic charmers, and fans of Sanchez's first two Rainbow novels will certainly want to read this one." Booklist
Jason, his boyfriend Kyle, and Nelson set out on a cross-country road trip. Through the wild ride, they encounter variations on the gay experience, including a couple in a long-term relationship, gay bashers, and a boy who lives as a girl.
About the Author
With Rainbow Road, Alex Sanchez concludes the story begun in Rainbow Boys and Rainbow High about what it means to be young and gay. Alex received his master's degree in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. For many years he worked as a counselor of youth and families both in the United States and abroad. He is the author of Rainbow Boys, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Rainbow High, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and an Out Magazine Top Pick. Both books were selections of InsightOut Book Club. When not writing, Alex tours the country talking with teens, librarians, and educators about the importance of teaching respect and integrity. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.