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

The Best Books of This book kind of amazing for me. There are so many smart jokes in this book that I just died laughing. View all 6 comments. Audible I’m glad that I’ve chosen an audio edition. Kevin would do anything to prevent his teammates on the baseball team from finding out. What I described above is just a main plot.

I didn’t have a major probelm with Geography Club until this happened. It’s stupid if you ask hagtinger. There are much better LGBT young adult books out there, this isn’t even funny bad.

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. I don’t want to go super in-depth because this book has no depth. 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 off the page. I also enjoyed the sub-plot and sub-characters as well, such as Min and Brian.

Which I do understand, thoughts about identity is probably a big issue, but I doubt a 16 year hartonger will bother his brain with it that much.

Whatever makes him intellectual, we don’t know, but he sits with his best friends, Min and Gunnar, everyday at lunch. Why is it that love of musicals and fashion equal a gay man? In order, the books in The Russel Middlebrook Series are: I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time but I’ve tried to keep hartknger expectations low.


Published February 17th by HarperCollins first published March 1st uartinger I knew that any wrong action, however slight, could reveal my true identity For me, Russel made the right decision in the end. Substantially better than Totally Joe. It touched me when Brian forgave Russel for what He regretfully and shamefully did to him. If I had to describe my own books, I would say, hartingerr central concept, strong plot, strong character and voice, and usually lots of humor.

Hoewel die verhaal redelik eenvoudig is, is dit nooit oorvereenvoudig nie: I hate how he changed and almost became one of the ones he formally despised. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The plot was not that interesting or unusual either. There’s no way that could be true– especially when he finds out that geograpy kid with the handle GayTeen is none other haartinger Kevin Land, star of the baseball team, one of the most popular guys in school.

Geographhy do livro, gostei dos personagens. Again, no much courage among these boys and girls, and surprise surprise, for once the hero of the novel, Russel, is not an hero at all, on the contrary he is actually the one who will behave in the worst way against another kid. This would be a good book feography adolescents struggling with their sexual identity.

Retrieved August 16, It’s not an overly idealized world where gays and lesbians gartinger accepted without question David LevithanI’m looking at you. I’ve been waiting to read this for a while, mostly so I can watch the movie on Netflix, and I’m glad to say, this book exceeded my expectations. Russel made many stupid decisions, and kept repeating them.

But an online friend and a real friend are completely different, and it arrives a moment when Russel needs the physical presence of someoneā€¦ yes, I think it was also arrived beography moment when Russel wanted a boyfriend, hatringer more than that he needed to feel he was not alone.


It’s not for cishet people. Together with our friend Sarah Warn, we co-founded a very successful entertainment website called AfterElton.

But the MC isn’t an asshole and it has a decent ending. It tells the story about a closeted young male teenager who believes he nrent the only gay person in his smallish high school until he meets an anonymous teen in a chat room. The side-characters go through the same arc of slightly entertaining to absolutely, head-bashingly annoying.

Geography Club

I wish Kevin finds the support he needs. Geography Club has a sequel too, but I don’t think I’m ever going to get into it. Russel’s realistic first-person narrative-one of the pioneering gay narrations in YA fiction-is a hartnger to read and captures the horrors and injustices of the high school social scene penetratingly, but in an appropriate, parent-approved fashion. Apr 20, Ari rated it it was ok. 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.

He’s never had an actual experience with another guy, though, so maybe the attraction he feels hartinget them is something he’ll outgrow–or maybe not. While I enjoyed Geography Club, it certainly had more potential. The best thing about this book for me was the charm and wit of the protagonist, Russell. Feb 17, Michael Price rated it it was amazing. Mig’s relationship that is so often the case.

It kind of reminds me of a Matt Christopher book, but with gay kids.