And he hopes he never has to tell anyone -- especially his parents. Three teenage boys, coming of age and out of the closet. In a revealing debut novel that percolates with passion and wit, Alex Sanchez follows these very different high-school seniors as their struggles with sexuality and intolerance draw them into a triangle of love, betrayal, and ultimately, friendship. When Jason, trying to sort out his confusion, shows up at a Rainbow Youth meeting, he is greeted by both "Nelly" and Kyle, who are as shocked to see him as he is to be seen. This uncomfortable confrontation starts the ball rolling down a path of deception, denial, revelation, and acceptance not only for the three young men, but also for their friends, family, and all concerned.
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And he hopes he never has to tell anyone -- especially his parents. Three teenage boys, coming of age and out of the closet. In a revealing debut novel that percolates with passion and wit, Alex Sanchez follows these very different high-school seniors as their struggles with sexuality and intolerance draw them into a triangle of love, betrayal, and ultimately, friendship.
Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read. Must redeem within 90 days. Discussion Topics 1. According to Jason, what defines Nelson as homosexual? How does Jason stereotype gays and lesbians? How do these stereotypes impact how Jason feels about himself? What helps them gain the confidence to come out to their friends and family? What is their relationship like with their parents? What opinions do their parents have on homosexuality? What is homophobia? How do teachers and administrators address the verbal harassment and physical assaults to which Kyle and Nelson are subjected?
What is the purpose of a GSA? Do you agree or disagree with Principal Mueller? Community is a recurrent theme in Rainbow Boys. What are the benefits of community? Why would a person seek community support? Conversely, how does the absence of community affect self-esteem and personal development? Nelson puts himself in danger when he agrees to meet an on-line friend in person.
Why does Nelson seek relationships on-line? What are the dangers of Internet relationships? Why do you think he agrees to meet in person? How could he have handled the situation differently? What evidence in the story tells you Nelson is depressed? What factors have contributed to his depression? How have Jason, Kyle, and Nelson each changed by the end of the story? How does he feel about the meeting?
What questions does he have? What are his fears? For Kyle, consider journal entries before and after tutoring Jason for the first time. Imagine what Nelson might be experiencing before and after attending the school board meeting. Use the resources in the back of the book to guide your information-gathering. How have gay men and lesbians been affected by discrimination and homophobia?
How has law enforcement responded to hate crimes? What is the reaction of the community? On the Internet, visit the Human Rights Campaign at www. Debate the pros and cons of a Gay-Straight Alliance. If your school has a GSA, interview members and adult facilitators. If not, find out what schools, if any, in your area do have a GSA. What effect has the GSA had on the school culture? For example, how do teachers and administrators respond to homophobic remarks and antigay sentiment? How do students treat gay classmates?
Are there policies in place that protect students and teachers against discrimination based on sexual orientation? Educate yourself about policies affecting gay students; write a letter to the principal and the school board requesting they adopt an anti-bias policy to protect gay youth; organize a committee to address these issues in your school. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.
Rainbow Boys (Rainbow Boys Series #1)