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, . A modern classic about a group of teens discovering sexuality and identity, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, and David Hart.

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So the protagonist, Russel, was plain. I’d recommend this for middle school students, but with all the talk about who’s having sex, and who isn’t having sex, I don’t think they’d care.

Again, great YA book. May 20, Ellen rated it really liked rbent. However, like all well laid plans, it goes awry, and how is the meat of this clever story, not so much a coming of age tale as a coming to awareness story. We get no character descriptions, the only think we know about Russell is what we get from his boyfriend around page or so. Reality has a second chapter for us to embark in and deal with for good and bad. Realistic story about today’s gay youth.

I get frustrated that so many books have a cliche or overdone central concept, or that they’re all atmosphere and world-building or “beautiful language,” in the case of some literary novels with no real story. What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall.

Mar 06, Sean Kennedy rated it really liked it. Russel joins the school football team so he can be part of Kevin’s crowd.

He alienates yartinger friends and joins the Jocks. Now, I loved those shows and I think it would actually be cool to have gay characters in them but that doesn’t make Brent Hartinger good. That’s really all I can say.

I would encourage everyone to stay far, far away from the Geography Club. I have read all of them in this series except the last one, which I am happy with the relationship of Russell and Kevin. But then as I was cruising the net I saw that they had adapted it into a movie. 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. Average in one way—he’s the only gay kid coub school. The novel follows a group of high school students who feel like outsiders, some because of their sexual orientations.


And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to be a regular guy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Russel’s realistic first-person narrative-one of the pioneering gay narrations in YA fiction-is a pleasure to read and captures the horrors hartonger injustices of the high school social scene penetratingly, but in an appropriate, parent-approved fashion.

But the promise of fairy-tale love is a lie when you’re gay and falling for the most popular boy in school. View all 9 comments. I liked Russel, in good and bad he was who he was supposed to be: This is totally already a movie, right? I of course was quick to rent it BUT Basically, I see myself as a storyteller. Can’t wait to read more books by this author.

Geography Club : Brent Hartinger :

View all 6 comments. It accurately conveys the fear of learning to cross and even break the invisible, vicious barriers within the high school social ladder, but not explicitly; it leaves just enough to the imagination, which is why I wholeheartedly recommend it to the younger crowd, too.

Russel has had to hide who he really is hartingdr it was the only way to survive. Hoewel die verhaal redelik eenvoudig is, is dit nooit oorvereenvoudig nie: But an online friend and a real friend are completely different, and it arrives a moment when Russel needs the physical presence of someone… yes, I think it was also arrived the moment when Russel wanted a boyfriend, but more than that he needed to feel he was not alone.

Russel is still going on dates with girls. This was actually a pretty good read.


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

As events at school heat up, with Brian eventually being outed as gay even though he’s not, Russel, Kevin, and their friends will have to learn what’s most important in life. Min and Terese tell everyone they’re really just good friends. As for me, I didn’t want to see either the romantic comedy or the erotic thriller. Then his online gay chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school’s baseball team.

Geography Club has a sequel too, but I don’t think I’m ever going to get into it.

Geography Club

And that even more suck in high school where they say has the best memories but it is also where anyone can find themselves in a toughest situation. 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.

Russel Middlebrook is pretty sure that he’s gay. Jay Bell Narrated by: Swap it for free. The parts with Russel and his love interest occur way later in the novel vs the film had it in the beginning and had more emotionally intimate scenes and leave you hanging for more detail.

What does everyone else know that he doesn’t? I didn’t have a major probelm with Geography Club until this happened. This is the kind of book that really makes me want to read YA more.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Feb 12, Menglong Youk rated it it was amazing Shelves: He phones Kevin who drives out to get him and they end up making out.

My phone is a fucking quitter.