Rainbow Boys - Chapter Seventeen (Kyle) Summary & Analysis

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Chapter Seventeen (Kyle) Summary

Kyle is devastated by Jason's reaction to him in the cafeteria. On top of everything, Nelson hasn't been in school for three days. Depressed, Kyle walks over to Nelson's house and demands that Nelson let him in. Nelson is a wreck. He clearly hasn't showered in days and he looks terrible. When Kyle tells him about his fight with Jason, Nelson surprises him. Rather than tell Kyle that Jason's not worth his time, Nelson demands that Kyle forgive him: "You can't just dump him like garbage" (Page 165). Nelson also admits that he lost his virginity to a stranger and that they didn't use a condom. Kyle is flabbergasted. He shouts at Nelson, unnerved that his best friend would do such a stupid thing, but Nelson looks so terrified, Kyle wraps him in his arm and holds him while they both cry.

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