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. “We just choose a club that’s so boring nobody in their right mind would ever in a million years join it. We could call in the Geography Club!”. 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 true YA. Geography Club is a young adult novel [1] by American author Brent Hartinger. Perhaps this is due to my own ignorance, but I feel like today a lot more adults and teens would be accepting.

Geography Club

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This page was last edited on 6 Octoberat Oh, apparently it’s a movie. They all are on Kindle, as are the three books of the second series, and the first book of a spin-off series about another character in Russel’s life Is this something I’m not getting? And a great compliment to the book. I cried harder the second time. Russel navigating through a high school full of minefields where his secret could be discovered is hard as well as dealing with his feelings about Kevin who reciprocates but isn’t ready to let his secret be known lest he loses his social standing.


Not a bad read, but there’s better coming out YA fiction out there. And amazingly enough, there’s a boy he meets with the name GayTeen– who not only lives in his town, but also attends his high school.

It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.


That’s like an able-bodied person wearing a blindfold and then being given disability benefits. Hartinger writes sad just as well in this heart-warming, intelligent read. There was a scene in the book where Kevin kind of said that he like boys who takes risk and Russel want to do that, for Kevin. 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.

If you’re looking for something to b Nothing spectacular or groundbreaking here. Cancel anytime and keep your audiobooks.

This story reminds me of my time in high school there where kids who where in the closet some grent me who where out and some of those kids in the closet where the most homophobic acting. I really liked this book, and I liked that it didn’t end perfectly. But I am hopeful for the next book.


After trial, you’ll get 3 titles each month: Josh Harley was totally convincing as the voice of Russell. Give as a gift. 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. 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.

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

Seems like too much work for me now! But here we are getting shit for being different. I enjoyed this book quite a lot, made me rethink some of high school and what mindset a lot of the kids had.

As a book, though, it was predictable and the narrator-talking-to-the-reader element was cliche, but I think it could have been much more effective if the character of Russel leapt more geogdaphy the page.

But sometimes when we like someone, we want to be the person they like or want that in the process we started losing ourselves too. Refresh and try again.