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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 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 telling me I should have set an alarm on my phone because my data cut off somewhere over Iceland and Schiphol’s wifi is timed. Just stop leading her on.

You just have to repsect their time. When Gunnar and Russel go on their double date, Gunnar is happy but Russel only puts up with it for his friend’s sake. Ally culture can be so corrupt and this book is not helping. Maybe because of the pacing? Quotes from Geography Club.

Be the first to discover byy talent! Although conveying a message to readers, none of the writing is preachy or lecturing but does have a thread of hope and honesty that will appeal to readers. A bit on the plain-side. They call their club the Geography Club assuming that no one else would join something so incredibly boring. Gepgraphy never had an actual experience with another guy, though, so maybe the attraction he feels toward them is something he’ll outgrow–or maybe not.

This is kind of cute actually.

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View cllub 15 comments. Can’t wait to read more books by this author. Meanwhile, my plays have been performed at dozens of theaters. Gay rights are an important subject to me and although I have no problems with books or media on the subject, I also had no real desire to seek it out.


GC is incredibly quick to read and fast paced so the story whips along and ends almost before you know it. I chose Hartinger’s “The Geography Club” purely as a self-indulgent piece of reading, and I was pleasantly surprised with the content.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. But the rest was very normal.

It’s not an overly idealized world where gays and lesbians are accepted without question David LevithanI’m looking at you. 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.

Lists with This Book. I have to say, though, it helped me to remember how very painful the teenage years can be, for those gay and straight. Will Russel ultimately choose popularity and sacrifice his personal values, or will he be true to himself and remain a loser?

Geography Club

Feb 17, Michael Price rated it it was amazing. The characters are flawed and troubled and all the more lovable because of it.

So the protagonist, Russel, was plain. 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.

I didn’t catch the opportunity to climb inside any of the characters and so that felt a bit cafeteria-food inspired for me. A nice -safe- vanilla milkshake kind of YA.

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It just make me, what is the more appropriate term for giggle for males? Hartinger has a turn with sentences and phrases to make you grin aloud that’s a sort of open-mouthed Haarrgh without completely turning to laughterlike this one describing Russel’s encounter with Trish’s lips: Beent in the process of coming out, esp adolescents.


May 15, Lorena Miyuki jartinger it really liked it. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

It tells the tale of a scared-of-the-different teenager, who by the end of the book becomes himself. I like this book best than movie because movie is OK!


I enjoyed this book quite a lot, made me rethink some of high school and what mindset a lot of the kids had. And that even more suck in high school where they say has the best memories but it is also where anyone can find themselves in a toughest situation.

Then there’s Terese’s politically active friend, Ike. I would not have read this book if I had not been assigned to read a book on Gay and Lesbian Fiction. So now I’m off to watch the movie, but I really hope that my short review here will make you read the book, and that you will like it. If you’re looking for something to b Nothing spectacular or groundbreaking here. I might check out the sequel if I’m bored. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversational rhetoric that could only be accurately replicated by someone who lived during the beginnings of the new millennium.

Min, Brian, and Russel Rating: I of course was quick to rent it BUT