GEOGRAPHY CLUB by Brent Hartinger (HarperCollins, ). Russel Middlebrook has a secret from even his best friends at high school, that he’s gay. But an. A modern classic about a group of teens discovering sexuality and identity, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, and David Hart. A closeted gay high school sophomore narrates Hartinger’s uneven yet realistic first novel. The story starts out strong, when Russel meets a jock from his school, .

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They’re about a gay guy in his twenties, Russel Middlebrook, trying to make sense out of love and life. Min suggests they make the club public, making Kevin and Terese nervous. They are well written for me and has good attributes. Despite the focus on sexuality and the sex it leads to, bullying at its most cruel, and broken hearts abounding, this novel has an innocence to it.

Russel joins the school football team so he can be part of Kevin’s crowd. Min and Terese tell everyone they’re really just good friends. I’d strongly recommend you skip it.

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More By and About This Author. I chose Hartinger’s “The Geography Club” purely as a self-indulgent piece of reading, and I was pleasantly surprised with the content.

The only thing I wished is that he had not forgiven Gunnar so easily. They’re blonde teenage girls which means they must be grotesque harlots. It kind of reminds me of a Matt Christopher book, but with gay kids. To me, that’s awesome, because there was none of geoography on my radar when I was a youth reader – and it certainly wasn’t being made into movies.


While surfing the Internet one night, he finds chat rooms for different towns and cities, where you can talk to other people who are also gay. Through Russel’s dry voice, we discover the strata of school society, the yin and yang of hierarchy harttinger clique, the yearning to belong and not be an outsider; the love of true friends.

Return to Book Page. Refresh and try again. As for me, I didn’t want to see brebt the romantic comedy or hartingee erotic thriller. My main problem with Brent Hartinger as an author is that his writing always feels like an episode of Zoey or Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide but with more gay.

If only I had the guts to do something like this in high school. Here is a cross section of kids from popular to neutral that have very little in common usually but find the support of other gay teens incredibly helpful. Apr 17, Kealsey rated it did not like it Shelves: Which I do understand, thoughts about identity is probably a big issue, but I doubt a 16 year old will bother his brain with it that much.

I was going to give Hartinger another chance, but from what I’m reading on Amazon, Hartinger’s moralizing is a recurring problem, so I think this is it for me and him.


My second great love is screenwriting and playwriting. It’s better than most YA, which isn’t saying much. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

Geography Club

I’m glad for the existence of this book for the incorporation of queer teens in YA lit, and it does address some themes that are fairly universally felt by nonfictional queer kids. Geography Club is a story of an isolated gay kid who never thought that there were any other gays in his town besides him, but he was wrong.

Geograpyh es la gran genialidad ni aporta nada nuevo pero vaya que sirve para entretener bastante y drenar lecturas pesadas. Here are the lines I love from this book: I also adore Russel’s best friends, Min and Gunnar, because they aren’t portrayed as the typical “he’s been my BFFL and always has my back no matter what” crap.

I think what Russel went through was realistic. Together with our friend Sarah Warn, we co-founded a very successful entertainment website called AfterElton. Oct 08, Eric rated it really liked it.