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 modern classic about a group of teens discovering sexuality and identity, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, and David Hart. 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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I also adore Russel’s best friends, Min and Gunnar, because they aren’t portrayed as the typical “he’s been my BFFL and always has my back no matter what” crap. 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 geograpy human heart.

So the characters are, for the most part, believable, but the high school itself felt completely false, as cliche as “the jocks” or “the nerds” were.

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

Their secret should be safe. I really enjoyed reading it. He has a crush on Kevin, the captain of the baseball team, but Kevin and his buddies are constantly making fun of him geobraphy Kevin must strive to keep his cover by playing along with the groups gay-oriented insults.

Please read this if you have any interest in high school dramas or gay fiction, you will not regret it. Things feel good and fun when kept a secret but when the secret i 3.


I’ve heard this book is going to be adapted geogrzphy film, which, after reading it, is the most likely brnet anyone could make.

This is totally already a movie, right? Hartinger’s story has a lot of depth to it about realistic things people have to go through every day concerning relationships and friendships, high school, dealing with things that at the time are incredibly difficult but in the end being able to come out of them stronger than before, and accepting one’s self for who they are.


Russel made many stupid decisions, and kept repeating them. Russel and his friends read lik I’ve been waiting to read this for a while, mostly so I can watch the movie on Netflix, gsography I’m glad to say, this book exceeded my expectations.

Coming from someone inI’m excited to see internalised homophobia slowly becoming a concept as dated as using AOL. If you’re looking for something to b Culb spectacular or groundbreaking here.

I opened this book on my Kobo and finished it with way too much time to spare before check-in, and that’s factoring in my painful battle with sleep; I nearly had to pinion my eyes open and don’t even bother bt me I should have set an alarm on my phone because my data cut off somewhere over Iceland and Schiphol’s wifi is timed.

Geography Club

I just think that as long you like this kind of stuff you can look geograhy the genres for yo It was such a wonderful book! 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.

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

This is a tender, respectful, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking coming of age novel. Can’t wait to read more books by this author. I saw the film adaptation of this a few years back and thought it was wonderful. Despite the focus on sexuality and the sex it rbent to, bullying at its most cruel, and broken hearts abounding, this novel has an innocence to it.

Seems like too much work for me now! This one was a little thing, and a little preachy — I suppose that I should season all my YA reviews clhb “I am not the target audience”, but for this one and for its sequel even more than most of my YA reviews. And I adapted Geography Club into a stage play, which has now been produced all over geogarphy country. View all 5 comments. There are better ones out there.


This was a cute little book – and I don’t mean that with condescension. View all 9 comments. Two stars — read this book if you like your gay people to stay in the closet, or if you don’t understand why it’s not OK to make fun of people for being different.

And that sometimes, no matter how much you might wish for things to be out in the open, you’re just bernt ready.

Nov 23, Hartniger rated it it was ok Recommends it for: They call their club the Geography Club assuming that no one else would join something so incredibly boring. This was actually a pretty good read. And my work load from the beginning of the year is unimaginable, so it was a feat. Unlike PBW, it’s much happier and you spend less time cringing. We all lived in a world where being different is bad, ridiculed and not welcome. Aug 28, Jason Sharp rated it it was amazing.

The main character shows promise in the first chapter an I have never rage-quit a book so fast and so furiously and I don’t think I ever will again.

I was so impressed by this children’s LGBT novel both because of the controversial topic it daringly confronts, and by the strength and grace with which it is written. This book is true YA.