Title: Rainboy Boys
Author: Alex Sanchez
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York
Available: Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
Alex Sanchez has a master's degree in guidance and counselling from Old Dominion University. A Lambda Literary Award winning author, Sanchez wrote The God Box, Rainbow High, Rainbow Road, So Hard to Say, and Getting It.
Novels, especially novels that do not have overt religious content, are not the kind of books we have reviewed at CreatedGay.Com. This novel is reviewed, because reviewing a book about gay teenagers growing up, becoming comfortable with themselves, and coming out says a lot about God and gay people. Writing about the lives of gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth is a statement about God - that God is an accomplished creator, who is worshipped when all of Godís creation is respected. Novels about members of sexual minorities also make powerful statements about Godís creation. As part of Godís creation, gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are valuable, and worthwhile. We can learn about ourselves and about God through the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-identified people.
Most of the novel is about the lives of three gay teenagers, Kyle, Jason, and Nelson. We see these youth as they come to understand their sexuality, accept themselves, come out, and struggle with wearing braces, jealousy, passing school courses, dating - holding hands and the first kiss, intolerance, homophobia, and gay bashing. Many of those things are exactly what straight youth struggle with too. Perhaps, that is one of the most valuable aspects of this novel. The novel helps queer youth feel they are much like everybody else.
The novel is a pleasant, easy read. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth could benefit from reading the book, because the book will help them feel less alone. The community resources described at the back of the book can help queer youth find assistance and support.