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A modern classic about a group of teens discovering sexuality and identity, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, and David Hart. 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 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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This book is very interesting and I really enjoy it so much. They decide to meet up, and it turns out that he wasn’t, after all, the only gay teen in a school of over pupils! He was not especially interesting or smart or brave or talented.

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Two Things Geogrsphy Didn’t Like 1. And a debut author I have had bad experiences with both. This is a solidly mediocre contestant geographu the queer young adult genre.

It is formulaically exactly what Hollywood needs for a summer blockbuster well, maybe not a blockb This was a cute little book – and I don’t mean that with condescension. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Is this something I’m not getting?

I didn’t have a major probelm with Geography Club until this happened.

Geography Club

It is wrong to make fun of others for being different. The worst part is his boyfriend doesn’t even care when their opinion differs. Brennt writes sad just as well in this heart-warming, intelligent read. There are so many smart jokes in this book that I just died laughing. For the film, see Geography Club film. He’s never had an actual experience with another guy, though, so maybe the attraction he feels toward them is something he’ll outgrow–or maybe not.

I wish books like this had been around when I was in high school!

Geography Club (Russel Middlebrook, book 1) by Brent Hartinger

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Geography Club resumes meeting this time seeking more open membership as an official club. I would not have read this book if I had not been assigned to read a book on Gay and Lesbian Fiction. The only thing this book had going for it was a few clever quips, and a sometimes allegorical view of high school. It’s clear also, The main character of this YA title is a decent, likable fellow, but he’s quite humanly flawed; which is perhaps what makes him as appealing as he is.


These kids have problems and aren’t yet comfo YA. Open Preview See a Problem? I didn’t know that this book is into the movie. We have all been there. The unexpected alliance Russel finds within Goodkind High School, the belonging and the assurance, highlights the importance of companionship and honesty of which I think all teenagers still need to be reminded.

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? But after the first session when everyone was able to share their experience, they discover that being gay is not enough of a reason to be together, and their club to survive need to have a reason to be. They are not always likable and noble as they are often too mired in their own drama and angst to reach out beyond their group.

It’s better than most YA, which isn’t saying much. I also liked how it gave multiple perspectives even though the story is told through a single point of view. I hate how he changed and almost became one of the ones he formally despised. It shows the significanse of a great or at least willing support group. Published February 17th by HarperCollins first published March 1st 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.

This book kind of amazing for me. A rantish thing I’d written a while ago on this book Mar 06, Sean Kennedy rated it really liked it. In high schooler Russel, Brent Hartinger has created a Mr.

Either that, or this book was written by a cis gay man which means it was written by someone who thinks that as long as you’re not attracted to women it’s okay to paint them as filthy and worthless. Even on the edge of this abyss, Russel fails to inform Gunnar that he couldn’t go through with it. Aug 22, Elisa Rolle added it. So, if this happens to be the source that the film was based on, I really do want to check it out.

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Then there’s Clun politically xlub friend, Ike. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Our customer reviews In the conservative, oppressive town of Goodkind, Russel Middlebrook faces his biggest fear-publicly coming out-as he slowly discovers there are others at his own school, stubbornly questioning and reconciling with their sexualities, just like he is. There’s no way that could be true– especially when he finds out that the kid with the handle GayTeen is none other than Kevin Land, star of the baseball team, one of the most popular guys in school.

But the rest was very normal. The only thing I wished is that he had not forgiven Gunnar so easily. Again, no much courage among these boys and girls, and surprise surprise, for once the hero of the novel, Russel, is not an hero at all, on the contrary he is actually the one who will behave in the worst way against another kid.

Two stars — read this book if you like your gay people to stay in the closet, or if you don’t understand why it’s not OK to make fun of people for being different. Very enjoyable 5 hours! Russel joins the school football team so he can be part of Kevin’s crowd. Most of the time some of them actually annoyed me. But after a while, the truth’s too hard to hide – at least from each other – so they form the “Geography Club. Why would they want to?