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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,793 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Sanchez Narrator: Alston Brow Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rainbow Trilogy Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Groundbreaking.”

    Time Out New York

  • “A forthright portrayal of growing up gay.”

    USA Today

  • “Realistic and remarkably honest.”

    Lambda Book Report

  • “An important book for gay teens and their allies.”


  • “Virginia to LA by car: 3,000 miles and plenty of time to gain an understanding of what being gay in America is all about. These boys are distinct personalities and genuine teens, searching for clarity and identity and acceptance, trying to make sense of themselves and a world that can be equally bright and dark. Sanchez writes with humor and compassion. Some mature romance scenes, occasional frank language, and an inclusion of transgender/transsexual/bisexual story lines translate into a tender book that will likely be appreciated and embraced by young adult readers.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Fans of Sanchez’s first two Rainbow novels will certainly want to read this one.”


  • “YAs who have been following the series will be delighted to read this conclusion to the adventures of this trio. While the writing is not especially polished, the characters are appealing, their feelings are realistically portrayed, and the tone is supportive and hopeful. This might be a controversial book in some libraries, but it will also be an important book for readers looking for a sympathetic and empathetic portrayal of gay teens. Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults.”


  • “Fans of the trilogy will adore this final installment. A little sex might make this a not-for-everyone experience, but it’s a perfect feel-good read for gay teens.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Finalist for the 2006 Lambda Literary Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emily Mills | 2/18/2014

    " Finishing off a great series, you gotta read it if you haven't yet. It's an amazing book series, Alex Sanchez is a great author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ninevices | 2/15/2014

    " I really enjoyed this trilogy. The three boys, Nelson, Kyle and Jason are sweet and by the end of the trilogy I become very fond of them. Too bad there couldn't be a fourth book where they have a reunion comparing notes on how they made a difference in the lives they touched. Certainly this series will have a very positive and empowering effect on anyone, especially young readers, as Alex Sanchez conveys very accurately the hearts of typical gay boys in our less than accepting, though getting better here and there, world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ben | 2/12/2014

    " Love it a read that once started i couldnt put down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie | 2/1/2014

    " The latest book in Sanchez's Rainbow series. I have some mixed feelings about this one. It was nice to see the three boys again and how they've grown up since the first book, and they sure do grow a lot in this particular volume. I hope this isn't the last I see of the Rainbow Boys. "

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Alston Brown is an actor and writer, currently enrolled as an MFA candidate in the Brown University / Trinity Repertory Company’s acting program. He has worked extensively in theater in New York and regionally, including workshops of the Broadway play Next Fall and at the Sundance Institute, and appeared in the film Observe and Report. Alston lives in Providence, Rhode Island.