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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I liked Russel, in good and bad he was who he was supposed to be: Perhaps they accept their sexuality to themselves but they want to stay hidden and under the social radar. While surfing the Internet one night, he finds chat rooms for different towns and cities, where you can talk to other peo Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo. Life isn’t like that for every Some reviews accuse this book of being preachy, teography although I agree in part I think “Geography Club” is one of the best stories in the YA GLBT genre – the kids swear, do horrible things, aren’t perfect, and think about sex!

I hartnger enjoyed the conversational rhetoric that could only be accurately replicated by someone who lived during the beginnings of the new millennium.

It’s not worth it. But the MC isn’t an asshole and it has a decent ending. I am Brent Hartingerand I live to write.

However, there was also a lightness in the reading. Also, the thing with Trish. Russel is a gay kid; for a kid living in a small town he is pretty smart, and even if he has never had any sexual experience, he lives his being gay in the net, attending chats where he is able to talk with other boys his same age and with his same trouble. 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.


Brian writes in an application for a Gay Straight club making people think he’s the “gay kid”. She is such a great friend to Russel no matter how dicked he acts. At school Gunnar, who is unaware of Russel’s sexuality, persuades Russel to go on a double date with him and two popular girls from their school.

Along with his best friend Min, he and other gay teens form the Geography Club; a safe place where no one knows that they’re gay and that they can talk and feel safe but not every secret stays a secret.

Esse livro foi publicado em In order, the books in The Russel Middlebrook Series are: This was a cute little book – and I don’t mean that vy condescension.

Most of the time some of them actually annoyed me. The Geography Club resumes meeting this time seeking more open membership as an official club. Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.

Geography Club

Life isn’t like that for everybody, but there is geographu of a positive message in there that any gay teen will still close the book feeling optimistic.

I enjoyed this book quite a lot, made me rethink some of high school and what mindset a lot of the kids had.

We have all been there. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Geography Club follows the lives of several, gay, closeted teens and their constant struggle cclub fit in and stand out along side their peers. Audible I’m glad that I’ve chosen an audio edition.

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I’ve won lots of screenwriting awards and have several movie projects in very active development. We could call it Geography Club! I chose Hartinger’s “The Geography Club” purely as a self-indulgent piece of reading, and I was pleasantly surprised with the content.


When he discovers another guy from his high school in the room Russel is keen to meet up.

I have not seen the film, and my greatest reason for not watching it is that I like Scott Bakula too much to see him relegated to such dreck. Gunnar apologises geograph Russel and says he always knew he must be gay and he’s sorry he pushed him into the dates.

I would not have read this book if I had not been assigned to read a book on Gay and Lesbian Fiction.


I have not seen the film, and my greatest reason for not …more My review speaks to my reasons for saying this: Geography Club is a book that I should have read sooner rather than later, because now, years after I read The God Box and Out of the Pocketwhen queer characters like Jesper Fahey and queer authors like Nina Lacour are on the scene, this book feels shallow and too much like a badly-planned after-school special. Russel Middlebrook is keeping a secret from his two best friends, Min, a bright Chinese American girl, and Gunnar, a bright and socially awkward boy.

These are not perfect people but teenagers learning and growing with one more issue to cope with on top of everything.