NEW YORK – "Rainbow Party" is a controversial book about a group of teenagers getting together to engage in group oral sex and it has critics saying the material isn't the best way to educate today's kids about the ramifications of being sexually irresponsible.
The novel by Paul Ruditis, according to publisher Simon & Schuster (search), 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." Simon & Schuster says it's a cautionary tale written for kids age 14 and older.
A "rainbow party" is described as a gathering of boys and girls where the participants engage in group oral sex. Each girl wears a different colored lipstick to leave their mark on each boy. At the end of the book, news of a wave of sexually transmitted diseases (search ) sends shockwaves throughout the school.
Click in the video box to the right for a complete report by FOX News' Julia Banderas.
While a representative from the company declined to speak on camera, Simon & Schuster did release a statement saying, "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 creative fashion."
Harvard psychiatry professor Alvin Poussaint (search) said the book sends the wrong message.
"I think a lot of parents don't want their children exposed to such an explicit book," Poussaint said. "I don't think it's probably the best way to introduce a young person to the risks of engaging in certain types of sexual behavior."
Schools called by FOX News said they don't have "Rainbow Party" in their libraries and many parents, school officials and publishers didn't want to publicly talk about the topic. But on the streets of New York City, there was mixed reaction to the idea behind the book.
"I believe the book should be out there. I think parents are really in the dark about a lot and I think this is kind of an eye opener for them," said parent Brian Schanerman.
But Barbara Taggert, another parent, said the book could cause kids to become even more curious about the activity.
"There are those parties and I've heard about those ... horrible. I do think it could make them do it earlier," she said.
The book is controversial enough that stores like Borders and Barnes & Noble don't stock their stores with it, but they do sell it on their Web sites. The book is selling for $8.99 on the Simon & Schuster, Borders and Barnes & Noble Web sites.
Ruditis, the author, has also written companion reading material for hit television shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Charmed," and "Queer as Folk."