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  1. #1 It's a Rainbow Party! 
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    I didn't know that Young Adult Fiction could be so racy until I read a blurb on TheBookStandard's website:

    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
    http://www.thebookstandard.com/books..._id=1000974524

    This book won't make its way into public schools for a while (Much like The Catcher in the Rye). Trust me, the same people who oppose this book being in a public school or library, are going to be the same people who oppose the Theory of Evolution.

    But it's interesting to see how things will unfold. My argument is this: kids don't read books already. So why be worried that they'd check it out? And if they did read it, chances are they've heard far worse or have even experienced it.


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    Wish I had experienced that when I was a teenager. I think. :?


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    That's the thing, though, Cottentop.

    This doesn't happen. It's an urban myth. But by publishing a book about it, it becomes valid. I feel sorry for the parents who're now panicking about rainbow parties in their neighborhoods.

    Next step, posters in high schools and sex education classes about rainbow parties being bad.
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    Yeah, I know what you are saying. And I agree to an extent. However, you might be surprised at what some of us can get up to at times. I remember things I have done, and seen others do, that would shock and offend a good holy religious person. I'm sure many of you have as well.

    My point is that just by talking about it, we gain perspective that we might not have had before. At least "the thing" loses some of its appeal, imo, by not leaving it all as some mysterious, taboo, "unheard of," thing that "evil" people do over there. It erases some of the mystique of the thing, and to me, thus, some of the desire to give it a try.
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    I've seen that book at my library...

    Anyhow, I don't see that the book is going to be a problem. I mean, reading about it isn't going to make people go out and try it. I'm sure it's a very interesting book, I might read it.
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