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

Russel persuades Kevin to come to the Geography Club meeting. I think Russel, being the one telling the story has a way of getting sympathy. Mar 24, Kiki rated it it was ok. I of course was quick to rent it BUT The narrator, Russel Middlebrook, then finds himself helping his friend Min to form an after school club for the students, so that they can hang out together for support. Trivia About Geography Club R My phone is a fucking quitter. 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.

After all, he’s not attracted to girls, and he spends every day after gym class studiously avoiding the other half-naked guys in the locker room. They are well written for me and has good attributes. Substantially better than Totally Joe. Why would they want to? 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’ve been waiting to read this for a while, mostly so I geigraphy watch the movie on Netflix, and I’m glad to say, this book exceeded my expectations. Some reviews accuse this book of being preachy, and although I brdnt 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!

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


The Homo Sapiens Agenda, the bar was set high. In this town and in this brwnt, gay-straight alliances are unheard of-scorned, even-but upon kindling a brotherhood with the diverse group of people who are so different from him, and yet so similar, he learns that sometimes being yourself, no matter how hard, is more important than any reputation, any sort of acceptance, and any lie he’d be living otherwise. The novel follows a group of high school students who feel like outsiders, some because of their sexual orientations.

How to get no one else to join? I had a four-hour layover when I arrived there about two weeks ago, en route for Glasgow, and I made an uncomfortable beeline for gate D6, having stumbled off the red-eye furious, sweaty and exhausted.

As I said, no one of the above kids are heroes, and no one wants the burden of being the gay kid at school; they decide to misguide their gay club for a Geography Club, so boring no one will want to join. Sep 12, Agatha Donkar rated it liked it Shelves: In order, the books in The Russel Middlebrook Series are: Second, I don’t care if it’s to “take the fall” for the gay kids – Brian appropriates their sexualities and because of this they let him into the club as some sort of honorary gay kid even though homophobia is never something that he will fear in his adult life.

But, being decades away from the coming out process, there was really nothing new for me. Through Russel’s dry voice, we discover the strata of school society, the yin and yang of hierarchy and clique, the yearning to belong and not be an outsider; the love of true friends. Description A modern classic about a group of teens discovering sexuality and identity, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, and David Levithan. He was not especially interesting or smart or brave or talented.

I loved everything about it-the characters, the voice, the absorbing plot-and think it’s one of those books that all young adult and maybe the more-mature middle grade readers ought to try.

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I knew that any wrong action, however slight, could reveal my true identity But after the first session when everyone was able to share their experience, they discover that being gay hartingfr not enough of a reason to be together, and their club to survive need to have a reason to be.


That’s like an able-bodied person wearing a blindfold and then being given disability benefits. There’s a lot of lying and gartinger 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.

View all 7 comments. Good as the story is, relevant as it is, possibly enlightening as the continuation of the story may be, I don’t think it’s something I’ll ever feel comfortable continuing. Apr 26, Josephine biblioseph rated it did not like it Shelves: It kind of reminds me of a Matt Christopher book, but with gay kids.

I would also like to talk about Russel and Kevin. I’ve won lots of screenwriting awards and have several movie projects in very active development. I really liked this book, and I liked that it didn’t end perfectly.

Geography Club

Hartinger later adapted his novel into a play, Geography Club. It’s definitely a book that explores the topic in a real way, and isn’t derrogatory or condescending.

Russel Middlebrook is convinced he’s the only gay kid at his high school, but while hanging out online in a gay teen chat room, he discovers there’s someone else out there, and soon gay people are popping out all over the place, though not actually out. I already know three people brrnt “should” be gay, if such things are a sign.

But Russel is young, and yes, his best characteristic is that he is real, so no perfect at all; as soon as he finds out about Kevin, he wants to gossip with his friends, and so he talks with Min, his best girlfriend, and to his surprise Min comes out to clug as bisexual, and then Min brings on Terese who brings on Ikeā€¦ and an impromptu club is born.