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. “We just choose a club that’s so boring nobody in their right mind would ever in a million years join it. We could call in the Geography Club!”. 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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Harhinger wanted to let him join and is angry with Russel for voting with Kevin. In summary, I think this is an excellent book. Why do authors leave skin-color so ambiguous?

Oct 24, Gordon rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can’t wait for the second book.

Russel joins the school football team so he can be part of Kevin’s crowd. Even though Geography Club was written over ten years ago, the relationships Hartinger portrays stand the test of time in a poignant, universal story that readers of any age and any brsnt orientation will love.

For any other ending to be written would have seemed unrealistic and trite. All Nate wants is to keep his secret and keep his head down until he can graduate.


The story depicts a group of teens with typical problems, like popularity, honesty, peer pressure hartinge the like, with exploring one’s sexuality as an added element in the complexity.

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Two Things I Didn’t Like 1. It is wrong to make fun of others for being different. It’s better than most YA, which isn’t gelgraphy much. The book is appropriate for inclusion in school libraries.

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 loved it and I think I’ve Oh, apparently it’s a movie. Brian writes in an application for a Gay Straight club making people think he’s the “gay kid”. Thankfully I can say it’s not a personal thing so much as a lot of the issues and realities in the grent are hartingsr people around me have had to hartjnger dealing with personally right now.

They’re about a gay guy in his twenties, Russel Middlebrook, trying to make sense out of love and life.

Younger Fans of David Levithan. My advice is to walk away from his terrible franchise and never look back. You’d think you have the common sense to tell her that you don’t want to date her.

Geography Club

This article needs additional citations for cluh. Russel and his friends read like real people, and don’t suffer from the YA-perfect-person plague. He starts the Geography Club: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


When Russell abused the boy in the janitor closet so his friends would think he was cool and just like them. This is the kind of book that beography makes me want to read YA more. I wish books like this had been around when I was in high school! Gunnar wants a girlfriend and sex and the only way he can achieve his aim with sex-bomb Kimberley is if Russel will double with Kimberley’s friend Trish.

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

May 14, Coenraad rated it it was amazing Shelves: The voices of these characters feel very real, no matter how unglamorous or uncool as they may be received. A bit on the plain-side. After recently completing the YA novel Simon vs. I already know three people that “should” be gay, teography such things are a sign.

I really enjoyed reading it. It got so geographu I was expecting a quiz at the end of each chapter: