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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Although conveying a message to readers, none of the writing is preachy or lecturing but does dlub a thread of hope and honesty that will appeal to readers. I wanted to see the animated Disney musical, which I guess just proved that I really was the gay boy that I’d been thinking all along that I was. And I was not disappointed, I love love loved this book!

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It’s filled with two-dimensional characters and very special lessons. There’s a lot of lying and betrayal and cruelty, and this is where the book gets heavy-handed and preachy, delivering unto us The Moral Of The Story, sometimes several times a page. Russel jumps to the chance of meeting another teenager from one of the chats, and he is surprised, and pleased, when he finds out is Kevin, one of the most popular kids at school. Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves – This book is actual proof that no matter how badly written a book is, it will be made into a movie if the message is strong enough!

Geography Club

hzrtinger But why not Book One? Return to Book Clhb. Selfs vir ‘n ouer leser is Cpub se verhaal oor Russel Middlebrook genietbaar. Seems like too much work for me now! I have to say, though, it helped me to remember how very painful the teenage years can be, for those gay and straight.


Geography Hartonger 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. 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.

The story depicts a group of teens with typical problems, like popularity, honesty, peer pressure and the like, with exploring one’s sexuality as an added element in the complexity. My first Josh Hurley as a narrator, and he is a perfect choice for this sweet, funny and enlightening YA novel about friendship, finding yourself, about first love, and While I enjoyed Geography Club, it certainly had more potential.

They anonymously chatted and decided to meet up. They decide to meet and end up discovering three more gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers that go to their school and decide they would like to form their own support group.

It is wrong to make fun of others hartinter being different. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Why do authors geographg skin-color so ambiguous? I wish Kevin finds the support he needs. He needed to do some groveling for my liking.

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

If only Clu had the guts to do something like this in high school. I mean, you don’t even need to tell her that you’re gay. Most of the time some of them actually annoyed me.

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. The emotions developed by the events that unfold, are never belittled or oversimplified. I saw the film adaptation of this a few years back and thought it was wonderful.


That’s not the point here anyway. Nov 18, Will rated it liked it Shelves: I’ve won geograpy of screenwriting awards and have several movie projects in very active development.

So now I’m off to watch the movie, but I really hope that my short review here will make you read the book, and that you will like it. I normally read VERY slowly, but to finish this in not even an entire day says something.

The geographyy and the plot will just suck you in and make you relate to the story. When he discovers another guy from his high school in the room Russel is keen to meet up.

Find more of my books on Instagram Although the target audience is likely gay teenagers, the quick pace and very easy reading makes this a good book for anyone to read. They often make classic mistakes such as being mean, condescending, and betraying each other out of fear and petty grievances. Hell, straight people have the whole rest of the world!

I can only hope they are available as e-books, unlike the first part of the series He’s only ever confessed his inclinations to himself, not even his two best friends Min and Hartingeg know.

He has a crush on Kevin, the captain of the baseball team, but Kevin and his buddies are constantly making fun of him and Kevin must strive to keep his cover by playing along with the groups gay-oriented bret. But how can a group like this get together at school without drawing attention to themselves? For me, Russel made the right decision in the end.