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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(216mm x 140mm x 14mm)
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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) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Paul Ruditis
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.