Under the Rainbow

Under the Rainbow

When a group of social activists arrive in a small town, the lives and beliefs of residents and outsiders alike are upended, in this wry, embracing novel.

Big Burr, Kansas, is the kind of place where everyone seems to know everyone, and everyone shares the same values-or keeps their opinions to themselves. But when a national nonprofit labels Big Burr "the most homophobic town in the US" and sends in a task force of queer volunteers as an experiment-they'll live and work in the community for two years in an attempt to broaden hearts and minds-no one is truly prepared for what will ensue.

Furious at being uprooted from her life in Los Angeles and desperate to fit in at her new high school, Avery fears that it's only a matter of time before her "gay crusader" mom outs her. Still grieving the death of her son, Linda welcomes the arrivals, who know mercifully little about her past. And for Christine, the newcomers are not only a threat to the comforting rhythms of Big Burr life, but a call to action. As tensions roil the town, cratering relationships and forcing closely guarded secrets into the light, everyone must consider what it really means to belong. Told with warmth and wit, Under the Rainbow is a poignant, hopeful articulation of our complicated humanity that reminds us we are more alike than we'd like to admit.

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    Under the Rainbow Reviews

  • BookedByTim

    I felt similarly about this as I did about Red, White, and Royal Blue which for most people would be a compliment but for me sadly it is not. I was not expecting for this to be a YA book, but given th...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    When Big Burr, Kansas is named the most homophobic place in America, a group of activists moves in to try to make a difference. The novel starts from the perspective of one of their children, and move...

  • Tinichix (nicole)

    In this novel a non-profit program named Acceptance Across America (AAA) goes to the supposed most homophobic town with a task force that provides undercover dedicated time to fight homophobia and iss...

  • Michael

    Under the Rainbow imagines a clash between urban and rural America. An LGBT nonprofit’s named a small Kansas town the most homophobic in America, and a task force made up mostly of white gentrifiers...

  • Larry H

    3.5 stars.Celia Laskey's Under the Rainbow is a collection of poignant, thought-provoking, interconnected stories about an interesting social experiment of sorts.Big Burr, Kansas has been determin...

  • Katy

    2.5*: I think I was expecting a pointed satire and what I got was a fairytale veering between didactic and cheesy. Not for me. ...

  • Allison

    Lovely debut novel that follows a task force of LGBTQ people sent to "The Most Homophobic Town" in America, Big Burr, Kansas. I liked this book - the writing is solid, and Laskey did a great job of se...

  • Sarah

    This book is about a group of LGBTQ rights activists who move to the so-called 'Most Homophobic Town in America' for two years in an effort to change hearts and minds. There are multiple narrators (so...

  • Christine (Queen of Books)

    Big thanks to Riverhead Books for a free copy.I so enjoyed Under the Rainbow - it's a wry, sharp novel. The premise: After Big Burr, Kansas is determined to be the most homophobic town in tbe U.S., a ...

  • The Artisan Geek

    14/3/20Thank you Riverhead books for gifting me a copy of this book!You can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website...