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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Lcub not saying this book has many insightful moments, but it was so much fun reading it. Aug 31, Wade rated it really liked it Shelves: I though could relate to Russell Middlebrook I was afraid of being found out about my sexuality, till I met my new boyfriend he was out and showed me it was good being who I was his closeness gave me strength he helped me more than any teacher, any counsellor ever did.

Jay Bell Narrated by: There was bullying and homophobia which are things that I usually don’t like to read about because they upset me too much. There’s some romance, even some sexual content — the gay kid thinks about other boys’ bodies!

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This one was a little thing, and a little preachy — I suppose that I should season all my YA reviews with “I am not the target audience”, but for this one and for its sequel even more than most of my YA reviews. Russel Middlebrook is pretty sure that he’s gay. gography


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. Geography Club is a book that I should have read sooner rather than later, because now, years geograhpy I read The God Box and Out of the Pocketwhen queer clb like Jesper Fahey and flub authors like Nina Lacour are on the scene, this book feels shallow and too In a nutshell, guy finds out he’s not the only kid who identifies as non-heterosexual and so they create a club so they can hang out.


Substantially better than Totally Joe.

I’d strongly recommend you skip it. Will Russel ultimately choose popularity and sacrifice his personal values, or will he be true to himself geogfaphy remain a loser? Obviously one thing leads to another, and some people hook up, lie to their friends, fake being straight, do terrible things to other kids to fit in, and rise and f Substantially better than Totally Joe. There’s his best friend Min, who reveals that she is bisexual, and her soccer-playing girlfriend Terese. When he discovers another guy from his high school in the room Russel is keen to meet up.

Different but very good This is a little different Than other books i listened to in the Young gay genre. It was campy but fun and had heart; nothing groundbreaking.

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Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in It is the first book in The Russel Middlebrook Series. I already know three people that “should” be gay, if such things are geograpy sign. 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 georgaphy exceeded my expectations. The worst part is his boyfriend doesn’t even care when their opinion differs. Matt Lancaster is the star quarterback at Bodine College, a small Southern Hsrtinger II school with an ultra-conservative dean of athletics.


A nice -safe- vanilla milkshake kind of YA. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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One of the best books ever! All the archetypes are there for compelling characters, the classic high school clique drama, and the exciting flair of a slightly controversial topic for people to rally behind in this case, underdog queer kids and their allies. Russell MiddlebrookBook 1 Length: I didn’t have a major probelm with Geography Club until this happened. Then there’s Terese’s politically active friend, Ike. 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.

These are not perfect people but teenagers learning and growing with one more issue to cope with on top of everything.

Then Russel learns that one of his best friends is bisexual and they form a small support group called the Geography Club as a cover, since “no high school students in their right minds would ever join that”. I loved, loved, loved this book and it has become one my favorite books this year.

What other book might you compare Geography Club to and why?

But Hartinger credibly captures high school pressure and intolerance, from the opening scene in the boys’ locker room, in which Russel fears being found out, to a painful episode in which an outcast, thought to be the gay student, is humiliated in the school cafeteria.

May 20, Ellen rated it really liked it.