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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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.

Oh well, I expect great things from Mr.

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

It’s called The Last Friend, and through it Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure – to live a brenh in a single day. I am thoroughly perplexed on what to write for a review on this book. For the film, see Geography Club film. 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.


Michael Barakiva Narrated by: The only thing this book had going for it was a few clever quips, and a sometimes allegorical view of high school. I wish Kevin finds the support he needs.

While I enjoyed Geography Club, it certainly had more potential. I recommend the film version as well as there are many significant differences between that and the novel. They’re so flawed-so flavored-and that makes them so, so real.

There were also funny moments. Russel shares this news with Min who says that she is bisexual and has a girlfriend, the soccer-playing Terese. Russel Middlebrook 4 books.

Min, Brian, and Russel Rating: They anonymously chatted and decided to meet up. Published February 17th by HarperCollins first published March 1st 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.

When he discovers to his astonishment that he is not alone, the problem his new friends face is how can they meet to talk without arousing suspicion among their fellow pupils?


The unexpected geograaphy Russel finds within Goodkind High School, the belonging and the assurance, highlights the importance of companionship and honesty of which I think all teenagers still need to be reminded. They are not always likable and noble as they are often too mired in their own drama and angst to reach out beyond their group.

Then his online gay chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school’s baseball team. I wanted a bit more “physical” than YA tends y to give. One thing leads to another georaphy Russel has his first boyfriend, but at a steep price. Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera Narrated by: The books in Russel Middlebrook: The book is appropriate for inclusion in school libraries.


It got so that I was expecting a quiz at the end of each chapter: In high schooler Russel, Brent Hartinger has created a Mr.

Life isn’t like that for everybody, but there is enough of a positive message in there that any gay teen will still close the book feeling optimistic. But how can kids this diverse get together without drawing attention to themselves?

Geography Club

In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Cljb student who does massages – without happy endings – to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay.

I wanted to see the animated Disney musical, which I guess just proved that I really was the gay boy that I’d been thinking all along that I was. What If It’s Us By: Paperback – pages –

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