Dec 30, Ryan Loveless rated it liked it Shelves: read-clear-the-bookshelf , ya. Roadtrips, in reality, are good times, bad times, and a whole lotta dull times. There is no better birthplace for a private joke than a road trip, and no better place to start hating someone's guts. Then there are fictional roadtrips, such as this one, which takes every roadtrip story ever heard and makes it happen to these three boys. Lost wallet?
Cell phone quits working? Homophobic-fueled road rage? Car trouble in the middle of nowhere? Quadruple check, and more! It's tempting to make a road Roadtrips, in reality, are good times, bad times, and a whole lotta dull times. It's tempting to make a road trip bingo card and play while reading.
Was this a satisfactory way to say goodbye to these characters? Not for me. With the rest of the series mostly avoiding heaping cliche upon cliche, Rainbow Road was hard a sell for me to pair it with Rainbow Boys and Rainbow High. However, amidst this, there were opportunities for the characters to continue to grow, getting closer to the adults they legally are, and to that end, there are rewarding moments that offer a glimpse of what they will be like "down the road.
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Sep 03, Annie rated it liked it Shelves: 11th-grade-book-shelf. This is a story about 3 homosexual friends who have just graduated college. This story is told in 3 perspectives, kyle, nelson, and jason. Jason and kyle are boyfriends but Jason lost his basketball scholarship and has been invite to speak at a gay and lesbien high school that has just opened. He tells kyle about it and kyle is very happy to join his boyfriend, inviting nelson along who ahs not found his love yet and worries about being the third wheel. This was a more intresting story about the This is a story about 3 homosexual friends who have just graduated college.
This was a more intresting story about the life of 3 homosexuals trying to cope through life. Dec 12, Dusty Roether rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , young-adult , lgbtq. This was a cute book and a cute series, though the series is certainly a product of its time. The books in this trilogy were published in , , and I read the first book in this series when I came out ten years ago, and I had a sudden urge to come back to the series and read all three books in audio.
I really enjoyed them, especially this final book for its exploration of themes outside the realm of homonormativity and traditional gender expectations. Oct 30, Julie rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this last book in the series. These books are wonderful coming-of-age novels for all teenagers. A must read, up front, and honest trio of books for any teenager who is curious or questioning their sexuality.
Kyle, his bisexual basketball player boyfriend Jason and his outrageous best friend Nelson embark on a road trip from suburban Washington D. The writing was at times facile, two dimensional, a feeling of lessons learned and certain stereotypes of gay young adults presented the bisexual jock with a limited idea of gay masculinity and unawareness of transgender people, the flamboyant, over-the-top best friend, the regular guy, smart kid main character. At the same time it was a useful exploration particularly if I was a gay teen when it comes to a story about learning about other kinds of lgbtq people outside your own limited high school bubble.
And the characters are eventually endearing. Had a cringe moment when the word "tranny" was used, even if it was by a gay character, but that didn't diminish the overall read. This book focused more than just on Jason's adventures. While it is the main figure of seeing Jason getting to the LGBT high school in order to give a speech for the school, we see more of Nelson's quest to find love like seen with Kyle and Jason. We see the strain and love of friendship and love when it comes to living close and continuous space with one another.
I thought it was an interesting tale. Felt like it could have continued. I haven't read travel stories very often so I was unsure if I would like this and while some parts I felt were a continuous drive, stop, sleep, repeat. But I must say I never read a travel book featuring gays so that was a plus in this book.
Coming across gays on the road, and some homophobia along the way, that end up being even more out there than Nelson or others that fit along the LGBT spectrum was just great. I enjoyed those bits of interactions. What I didn't particularly care for was the ending. It felt like just a drop-off.
Like it could have been continued. Sep 05, Martin Chuck rated it really liked it Shelves: lbgt-literature , young-adult , romance , bildungsroman. The conclusion to the Rainbow series serves as a satisfying conclusion for all the drama the boys have experienced for the past two books. The story enfolds as the world gets bigger with the boys' predicaments getting smaller. Engaging, emotionally-driven and fast paced, the only problem with the final book is that it plays the Young Adult Trilogy Syndrome where the story is too fast paced that you find yourself in different states after a few chapters.
The writing is too fast that you'd find the The conclusion to the Rainbow series serves as a satisfying conclusion for all the drama the boys have experienced for the past two books. The writing is too fast that you'd find the author forgetting the "Show, not tell" rule. The pacing seems fit, though, as the title itself plans to convey. This story is not an extraordinary one but the characters are very memorable.
The 3 young gay men are on a road trip that helps them come to terms with their own identity. It also teaches them how to navigate close personal relationships while preparing for a lifetime of change and uncertainty. At the beginning of the novel you'll have a favourite but by the end you'll come to love each of them. It's a really easy and light read. A great one to start with. Nelson's still my favourite Jun 25, Khepre rated it it was ok. The first book was amazing, great, and excellent.
I felt as though I need to move on. The second book was ok, but I still moved on to the last book. I felt as though the characters didn't develop. Jason and Kyle relationship showed little growth. Nelson was a very problematic character and was often times reasons that I would almost did not finish this book. I also felt like the book didn't go anywaher but reintroduce problems that were in the first and second book.
Feb 17, Danii Allen rated it it was ok Shelves: lgbtq. As with the previous two, this book is what it is. There were also increasing editorial issues throughout the book. I'm glad I read them, but I'm also glad the story ended with the third book. Anything more would have definitely been overkill. Nov 21, Nathaniel rated it it was ok Shelves: multiethnic-queer-ya-literature. Through most of this novel, I disliked all three characters.
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On top of that, the content is dated and much if tries too hard to be all-encompassing of the LGBTQ experience, which results in an insincere and shallow exploration of uncommon queer representation. Aug 11, Lore rated it it was ok Shelves: romantic , lgbt , people-with-issues , realistic. Very much an outdated piece of literature - sure, I can tell it's got the best of intentions but ultimately it did fall short. I wish I could've enjoyed it more, but it was messy and bland. I could relate to Jason the most as he dealt with annoying Nelson. Great characters and the writing kept me turning the pages to see how this disaster ends.
Jul 22, Sharni Benson rated it really liked it Shelves: alphabet-soup. It's definitely a teen fiction, written from the perspective of each of the 18 year olds. A great story of discovery and faux pas, it even includes a trans character who one of the main characters is a bit transphobic about but ends up realising that there is nothing wrong with them. Feb 06, Amanda rated it it was ok. I love the concept of this book. I wasn't a fan of Jason or the treatment of bisexuality but it was still realistic.
Aug 07, Caleb rated it really liked it Shelves: queer-bibliography-project. This one was a little rough around the edges, but it was an often-sweet little endcap. Sep 10, Robin Graber rated it liked it Shelves: queer-as-hell. I forgot how annoying Kyle is during this book. Feb 28, Jace Halter rated it it was amazing Shelves: winter Aug 06, Raven Stormbringer rated it really liked it.
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It was definitely a better read when it was new, and i was just so darned happy to find not only a book with gay characters, but one that felt more real as in the characters sounded like teenage boys, even if they were just cardboard cutouts Re-reading it now, with more media behind me, and a lot more years of personal experience, has taught me not t It was definitely a better read when it was new, and i was just so darned happy to find not only a book with gay characters, but one that felt more real as in the characters sounded like teenage boys, even if they were just cardboard cutouts Re-reading it now, with more media behind me, and a lot more years of personal experience, has taught me not to settle for bad examples if I don't have to.
Is this a bad book? No, not really. But are there better out there, probably. I do like them, but in the same way I look back fondly on TV shows of my youth. Have you ever tried watching some of those old shows again? Sometimes the memory of them is a lot better than the reality. The "lessons" in these books because let's admit it, this is a role model book They managed to stumble through transexuality okay, offering Jason as the confused viewpoint who finally gets it in the end It is mentioned repeatedly and basically blown off or disregarded.
In future, I think I will remember these are better left as a memory than another re-read, and I will continue to look for other books to add to my personal library, in case I need to offer one to someone I care about Dec 18, Lyric rated it it was amazing. Is it a spiritual sense we have of rainbows? These droplets refract, reflect and disperse what we usually see as white light into the various colors of the spectrum. All of those raindrops act like miniature projectors, casting a multi-colored arc onto sheets of rain.
Science sees, but faith goes further. God is revealed in His creation. God says things of worth in His revealed Word. God has clearly got something going on with the rainbows. The Trinity was pleased that Noah was obedient to Them. You heard that in the Sunday Scriptures that lead us into Lent. It tells us why the rainbow was introduced. Noah saw the first one. The rainbow was a sign given after Noah obeyed.
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Rainbows and obedience to God go together. I hope you can look at rainbows that way now. Or have been doing so. We want peace with God, so we should imitate Noah and his family, who trusted and obeyed God. Happy signs. I think a Rainbow Emoji can be cute now and then, in a message, used sparingly. On St. But a rainbow really is a holy sign. Especially on St. You have a holy, righteous temper— but You hold it back in mercy and love. But maybe I should sell my Ocean City property soon anyhow …. A rainbow is a Sign that asks for the Cross Sign of Mercy.
Jesus really is a Rainbow Person that has come down to us, and Who remains available to us. Jesus is the Covenant Sign of God. He offers the full spectrum of help and life to us. He can be met and received. He gives us life eternal. He is a God of signs.
If we receive Him, then the peace and good will that the Angel Gabriel announced at His coming will come about in us. He has a multitude of supply of grace and growth for His people. We are talking of holiness and wholeness from God into us, and that leads us to His Father.
A rainbow is not merely a lovey-dovey, groovy peace sign. That is so reduced a thing! I am thinking of the me-first, me-only type of marchers, who are just using rainbow signs, and know little of the Maker of the real ones or of their true meaning. Rainbows go with those who love, trust and obey God firstly. We are to be faithful to God, and then with one another. Only Christ can make it all happen. Christ is the Light needed. Read 1 st John chapters 1 and 5 sometime about that.
With Christ Jesus, we are to blend and to complement one another. We are to become saints in light. Holy humanity is meant to be a rainbow people in God. In Christ Jesus, the Light of God. Gilbert K. Rain Look Down Your. The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all.
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I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think. Maya Angelou. Blessing Yourself God Me. I'm continually inspired by nature, and the rainbow is one of nature's greatest optical phenomenons. The sighting of a rainbow never fails to bring a smile to people's faces. They signify optimism and positivity: with them comes the sunshine after the rain. Matthew Williamson. Nature Smile Rain Sunshine. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
Inspirational Cloud Someone Try. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. Dolly Parton. Rain You Way See. Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. Lord Byron. Life Smile Clouds Evening. The rainbow is a part of nature, and you have to be in the right place to see it. It's beautiful, all of the colors, even the colors you can't see. That really fit us as a people because we are all of the colors.
Our sexuality is all of the colors. We are all the genders, races, and ages. Gilbert Baker. Nature Beautiful You People. We needed something to express our joy, our beauty, our power. And the rainbow did that. Beauty Power Joy Something. I kind of view everybody like a rainbow. Everybody on the planet has all the colors of the rainbow inside. Alexia Fast. Colors View Inside Like. I remember opening my dad's closet and there were, like, 40 suits, every color of the rainbow, plaid and winter and summer.
He had two jewelry boxes full of watches and lighters and cuff links.