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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is wrong to geographhy fun of others for being different. Here are the lines I love from this book: Here is a cross section of kids from popular to neutral that have very little in common usually but find the support of other gay teens incredibly helpful.

I wanted to see the geofraphy Disney musical, which I guess just proved that I really was the gay boy that I’d been thinking all along that I was. Different but very good This is a little different Than other books i listened to haryinger the Young gay genre. Each teenager must decide for themselves if they want to be honest about their sexuality or not and the choice is not easy for most.

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

Anyone in the process of coming out, esp adolescents. Aug 28, Jason Sharp rated it it was amazing. I immediately suggested that we buy a set of the books for the group because a they are a bit more contemporary than others, b they offer a larger spectrum of diversity than is typical, and c the characters are imperfect, like everyone else, yet learn from their experiences.


I thought the star athlete was black until someone else, who was black, was introduced, and it was clear that the kid was maybe tan? I can easily recommend Geography Club as a good book to read.

His strict immigrant Greek mother refuses to see him as anything but a disappointment. They all are on Kindle, as are the three books of the second series, and the first book of a spin-off series about another character in Russel’s life A bit on the plain-side.


He gets to be part of this club, and talk about this “struggle”? Again, great YA book. This is totally already a movie, right? The story starts out strong, when Russel meets a jock from his school, Kevin, in a gay chat room; their tentative decision to meet and their awkward initial conversation convincingly portray the conflict of wanting to reach out yet being afraid of being found out. I really love this book. In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Bodine student who does massages – without happy endings – to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay.

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I think what Russel ckub through was realistic. It is formulaically exactly what Hollywood needs for a summer blockbuster well, maybe not a blockbuster but a decently good hit.


The Best Books of Russel’s friendship with Gunnar gets him into deep water. Kevin isn’t willing to be out and he ends his romance with Russel. The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life for your ears.

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.

I read this book in three hours, and it was completely engrossing.

Geography Club

I had previously seen the film adaption one night on Netflix when a friend and I were trying to find something to watch. It kind of reminds me of a Matt Christopher book, but with gay kids.

But Russel is stuck in place. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Brent Hartinger’s debut novel is a fast-paced, funny, and trenchant portrait of contemporary teenagers who may not learn any actual geography, but who learn plenty about the treacherous social terrain of high school and the even more dangerous landscape of the human heart.