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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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This book is foul, empty, pointless drivel. Apr 20, Kassa rated it really liked it. I was so much into the book, that I didn’t even mind the end. Geography Club is a story of an isolated gay kid who never thought that there were any other gays in his town besides him, but he was wrong.

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Having learned my lesson with the Twilight Saga, where I first saw gartinger movies that later destroyed the whole Saga for me, I brnet decided to read the book first. The worst part is his boyfriend doesn’t even care when their opinion differs. Michael is also a writer, the author gdography two terrific gay westerns, Frontiers, and its sequel, Firelands. Russel plays well and wins a game for his team.

Why would they want to? 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. Again, no much courage among these boys and girls, and surprise surprise, for once the hero gography 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.


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. Min sees this and is disgusted. Chuckling, awing, impressing, touching are what it did to me. It was so cute and I could actually feel progression during the story, and I also really liked the writing, so that helped. As events at school heat up, with Brian eventually being outed as gay even though hartiner not, Russel, Kevin, and their friends will have to learn what’s most important in life.

I really enjoyed reading it.

Feb 02, Smith Barney rated it liked it. Every young gay teen should read this book and know that they are not alone. I think what Russel went through was realistic.

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

I loved, loved, loved this book and it has become one my favorite books this year. Written in a style similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this book is all about outcasts and the narrator occasionally speaks directly to the reader.

These kids have problems and aren’t yet hagtinger with who they are, and they make mistakes because of that. The Token Bitch Beard 2.

Geography Club

Sep 12, Agatha Donkar rated it liked it Shelves: Brent Hartinger’s inspiring and dazzling debut isn’t just a novel about gay adolescents; it touches upon important global teen matters of friendship, identity, and the courage to speak out, as well. Kevin, whom Russel had no idea that he was secretly gay, was a popular kid in high school.


My second great love is screenwriting and playwriting. It was better than watching a movie – I lived inside the story!

I also liked how it gave multiple perspectives even though the story is told through a single point of view.

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But does the main character form his own opinions about anything after that? Ally culture can be so corrupt and this book is not helping.

The novel follows a group of high school students who feel like outsiders, some because of their sexual orientations. Nov 20, Dig rated it really liked it. I’ll definitely be looking for more from this author. Here are the lines I hartiger from this book: View all 7 comments.

Maybe because of the pacing? It was campy but fun and had heart; nothing groundbreaking. So my phone bowed out.