Rainbow Party [NOOK Book]

Rainbow Party

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Overview

Rainbow Parties. Are they real? Who's going?
GIN and SANDY
One's been with all the guys, one's terrified of them.
It's Gin's party; she invited everyone.
ALLISON
President of the Celibacy Club. What's she thinkin'?
HUNTER and PERRY
Friends...with benefits.
JADE
Hanging on to it for the right guy.
SKYE and ROD
Totally doing it, totally curious.
VI
Skye's BF who has it for Rod. The party could change everything.
RUSTY and BRICK
One thinks he's a playah. One's built like it. Neither's getting any.
ASH and ROSE
The class couple, not ready yet. So why are they going?
Would you?
Rainbow Party is a cautionary tale about a group of teens faced with the prospect of attending a party involving oral sex. The novel spotlights each of their diverse viewpoints in the hours leading up to the party. It explores what each teen has -- and has not -- been up to sexually, and why. And ultimately, why they would consider going to a party like this in the first place.
This book addresses important and timeless issues relevant to teens, including self-esteem, peer pressure, awareness about STD protection, and making an informed and educated decision about readiness for sexual activity. It was inspired by numerous news reports about the prevalence and attitudes among teens towards certain types of sexual behavior, and is intended to engage readers in this real-life issue in a responsible and constructive fashion.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Promiscuous sophomore Gin is throwing a "Rainbow Party," at which girls "put on a different color lipstick, and the guys all drop their pants." In theory, after the girls perform oral sex on the boys, they would be left with rainbows around their penises. The author takes the perspective of Gin and her invitees in the hours before her after-school party. They all have reasons for going (Sandy hopes to find love, virgin Brick is being pressured by his friend to gain sexual experience, and there are rumors that Perry is gay)-and their own anxieties, too. This debut novel takes a steamy premise, and adds in plenty of racy material, too, including oral sex between two boys in a school bathroom, but while the author makes a compelling argument against abstinence-only education and also against limited definitions of sex, readers may tire of the standard-issue characters. They may also start to cringe every time a character talks about oral sex not really being sex. There is some important information to be gleaned here (Gin and Perry have mysterious sore throats, and Hunter notices a "burning sensation" when he urinates; later they learn of a gonorrhea outbreak among the sophomore class), but in the end, the story here is not as compelling as its premise. Ages 14-up. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Tenth grader Ginger has hooked up with most of the boys in her class, although she is quick to point out that she is still technically a virgin. She invites a select group of classmates to a Rainbow Party. The premise is that each girl wears a different color of lipstick, gives each boy oral sex, and the boys strive to collect the rainbow of colors by party's end. Most of the story takes place in the two hours leading up to the event, following the characters as they try to decide how they feel about it. Despite the big setup, almost everyone backs out of the party at the last minute. In the weeks that follow, however, thirty-nine sophomores end up with gonorrhea, proving that these sophisticated teens do not need a party to help them instigate sex. This fresh, honest novel breaks free from stereotypes. Here both boys and girls are hesitant and demanding, sensitive and crass, in equal turns. Their actions always have consequences, but Ruditis avoids moralizing. The story also effectively examines the psychology involved in making sexual decisions, whether it is choosing abstinence, being monogamous, or sleeping around. With its large cast of characters, there is a perspective for everyone. Sure to be one of the most controversial books of the year, the obvious graphic content makes this novel best suited for older readers. The eye-catching cover and intriguing summary on the back will make this book fly off the shelves. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Simon Pulse/S & S, 256p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to 18.
—Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-When Ginger arranges for an oral sex party to be held at her home, most of the teens she invites-some in relationships, some not-say that they will attend, and then figure out ways to avoid it. Egomaniac Hunter talks his friend Perry into going, although Perry regularly gives him plenty of oral sex. Surprise-having left work early, Gin's father shows up. Even though Hunter arrives with a bunch of condom balloons, Dad doesn't notice anything out of the ordinary. But when 39 members of the sophomore class are diagnosed with gonorrhea, Gin gets the blame. The story is told in sometimes crude or suggestive language, the writing is stilted, and there is little character development. The inclusion of a health teacher who happens to be covering the issue of STDs, along with opposition to the party by the teen founder of the Celibacy Club, seems forced. Actually, with its too-obvious agenda, much of the novel seems forced, but particularly curious readers will plow through to the end. Melvin Burgess's Doing It (Holt, 2004) is far more graphic in its depiction of teen sexuality, but it is a much better crafted book.-Diane P. Tuccillo, City of Mesa Library, AZ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Flimsy characterization weakens this pulp about a teen sex party but doesn't neutralize the disquieting issues confronted. Gin invites a select group of sophomores to her house for a Rainbow Party, in which each girl will put on a different color lipstick and perform oral sex on every boy there. Projected result: At the end, each boy's penis will be covered with a rainbow of lipstick colors. The narrative begins two hours before the 3 p.m. (post-school) start time and alternates points of view between the invitees as the clock ticks down. A grim, glum feeling runs throughout as various characters exhibit selfishness, crassness and lack of self-confidence. Even the solidly bonded couple fails to communicate until near the end. Obstacles prevent the party from occurring, but themes explored along the way include sexually transmitted disease, virginity, peer pressure, ambivalence about sex, the non-mutuality of the planned sex and plain old horniness. Thin characterization, but frank and unique. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439108598
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 374,561
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Paul Ruditis is the author of many licensed fiction and nonfiction companion books, from Charmed and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Star Trek and Bones, among others. He lives in Burbank, California.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 8, 2009

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    One Word: Pervert

    I read this story a while ago and before I thought about it, I actually thought it was a good book. That was until I wrote a report about it in my notetaking class. Then...well it wasn't so much the greatest book. It has so much s*x in it and it practically talks about giving a guy a bj every other page of the book. It's so perverted that I almost got sick. I couldn't read the book for more than 5 minutes.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    good, but nothing new

    i enjoyed the book and the topics brought up in it, and ive recommended it multiple times. i myself read it when i was 15. 2 summers ago. ive always been told i was mature for my age, and the book, although good, really didnt make an effect on me. truthfully, i think the book goes over facts and descions most teens already know about. so yes it is a GOOD book, but i dont think it is very INFORMATIVE, in high school these topics r already brought up, and this party is not a regular thing. Ive only heard of the party on TV about the book, which made me go out and get it. ive had 3 friends already borrow it and like it, but again no impact, it doesnt state nething new.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2008

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    Eh...

    I was expecting more from it. I didn't find it that interesting, and the characters are a bit too much. It seemed a bit rushed more towards the end, and slow towards the beginning. It had an alright ending, but overall, I wouldn't recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    wow

    this book was not worth 10 dollars at all!!! it was so. boring please dont make the same mistake i did!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2005

    Boring

    This book revoles around a party.Yet not just any party.Popular girl Gin is throwing a Rainbow Party.This is a oral sex party.The characters were boring and the book was a dull read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Could of been better

    The book is only 146 pages and it took me two weeks because its boring. There is only one good chapter (and thats the climax of the book)!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Dull read..

    Not what I expected at all!! The book started off amazing but notshort after became dull & boring. I wouldnt reccommend it to anyone looking for an exciting read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2011

    goog book

    you would realy like the book but if you are under 10 DON'T read the book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    ummm hmm

    not really what i expected....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Hey

    This book makes me horny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Justin

    Hey

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Ugh

    Wow. I bought this book not knowing what to expect. But what happened was definatly not what i thought would happen. Dont buy this book. It is not worth it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Soo good

    Really liked it
    Good ending
    Some ppk were jerks other were not
    Really good thou

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    great!

    i really enjoyed this book. it was deffinitly one of my favorites. i couldnt put it down.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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