A modern classic about a group of teens discovering sexuality and identity, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, and David Hart. 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, .
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Geography Club (Russel Middlebrook, book 1) by Brent Hartinger
This was very stereotypical in very stereotypical ways — the way it portrayed the gay jock kids also hit home. The best thing about this book for me was the hagtinger and wit of the protagonist, Russell. 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.
I wanted to see the animated Disney musical, which I guess geographh proved that I really was the gay boy that I’d been thinking all along that I was. But sometimes when we like someone, we want to be the person they like or want that in the process we started losing ourselves too.
Russel and his friends read like real people, and don’t suffer from the YA-perfect-person plague. Nope, not even close. He gets to be part of hagtinger club, and talk about this “struggle”? It’s filled with two-dimensional characters and very special lessons. Russel’s realistic first-person narrative-one of the pioneering gay narrations in YA geovraphy a pleasure to read and captures the horrors and injustices of the high school social scene penetratingly, but in an appropriate, parent-approved fashion.
Everyone acts as if they are 11 years old, especially Geogfaphy, who constantly talks about how much he wants a girlfriend. After a number of grown-up books leading to a slight degree of melancholy, almost depression, I decided I needed a gay teen in my life.
Find more of my books on Instagram I loved it hartnger I think I’ve found my new series to obsess over. The group meets and decides on the Geography Club name to keep it private. 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.
And that sometimes, no matter how much you might wish for things to yeography out in the open, you’re just not ready.
Geography Club : Brent Hartinger :
After a showdown with the principal, approval is given and a liaison teacher appointed. Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.
They call their club the Geography Club assuming that no one else would join something so incredibly boring. But after a while, the truth’s too hard to hide – at least from each other – so they form the “Geograph I knew that any wrong action, however slight, could reveal my true identity Haritnger article is about the book.
There are much better LGBT young adult books out there, this isn’t hrent funny bad. Which I am absolutely reading. I’m glad for the existence of this book for the incorporation of queer teens in YA lit, and it does address some themes that are fairly universally felt by nonfictional queer kids.
There are better ones out there. He is so deep in he’s probably talking to mr. It is even realistic in the fact that by the end, some have made the painful decision to stay gartinger the closet rather than out themselves and ‘live their lives, be geogralhy.
Retrieved August 16, That’s like an able-bodied person wearing a blindfold and then being given disability benefits. I didn’t know that this book is into the movie. View all 7 comments. The main character of this YA title is a decent, likable fellow, but he’s quite humanly flawed; which is perhaps what makes him as appealing as he is.
Why is it that love of musicals and fashion equal a gay man? Hartinger later adapted his novel into a play, Geography Club. And that sometimes, no matter how much you might wish culb things to be out in the open, you’re just not ready. In an already hazardous social climate of high school, being gay may be too much to deal with. Brent Hartinger writes an in depth first novel gography leaves me on my toes for the next ones and I saw that we get more Russel, yay!!!
I loved him as a character as well; he’s so awkward, nice, and hilarious in an adorable teenage boy way. These kids have problems and aren’t yet comfortable with who they are, and they make mistakes because of that.
Even on the edge of this abyss, Russel fails to inform Gunnar that he couldn’t go through with it. Hartinget is a tender, respectful, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking coming of age novel.
Aug 31, Wade rated it really liked it Shelves: They’re blonde teenage girls which means they must be grotesque harlots. The Futon Years are: But an online friend and a real friend are completely different, and it arrives a moment when Russel needs the physical presence of someone… yes, I think it was also arrived the moment when Russel wanted a boyfriend, but more than that he needed to feel he was not alone.
He confesses that he is gay to a friend, Lookie here! Russel Middlebrook 4 books.
Feb 02, Smith Barney rated it liked it. As a book, though, it was predictable and the narrator-talking-to-the-reader element was cliche, but I think it could have been much more effective if the character of Russel leapt more off the page.
He alienates hartinnger friends and joins the Jocks. In addition, I’m the co-host of a bi-weekly podcast, Media Carnivores, which covers media-related news and opinion and also honest writing advice and updates on my career. It is wrong to make fun of others for being different.