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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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This is totally already a movie, right? Russel Middlebrook 4 books. The thing about Schiphol is that it’s almost too easy to navigate. The teenagers all play on different stereotypes from the male jock to the lesbian field hockey player, the nerdy ones, and the outsiders.

It is an easy read, suited for younger teens, but even enjoyable to a reader hartinver has not been a member of the target audience for some decades now! While surfing the Internet one night, he finds chat rooms for different towns and cities, where you can talk to other people who are also gay. I also liked how it gave multiple perspectives even though the story is told through a single point of view. But the rest was very normal.

Russel Middlebrook is geographt sure that he’s gay. After school one ni Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves – This book is actual proof that no matter how badly written a book is, it will be made into a movie if the message is strong enough!

The Homo Sapiens Agenda, the bar was set high. It’s an easy and fast read but just nothing special. Then there’s Terese’s politically active friend, Ike.

Along with his best friend Min, he and other gay teens form the Geography Club; a safe place where no one knows that they’re gay and that they can talk and feel safe but not every secret stays a secret. Geography Harhinger is a book that I should have read sooner rather than later, because now, years after I read The Geograpny Box and Out of the Pocket hartinber, when queer characters like Jesper Fahey and queer authors like Nina Lacour are on the scene, this book feels shallow and too In a nutshell, guy finds out he’s not the only kid who identifies as non-heterosexual and so they create a club so they can hang out.


For me that’s okay. He won’t have to live through the threats, the violence, the oversexualization, or having his marriage nullified.

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.

Russel Middlebrook is keeping a secret from his two best friends, Min, a bright Chinese American girl, and Gunnar, a bright and socially awkward boy. The narrator, Russel Middlebrook, then finds himself helping his friend Min to form an after school club for the students, so that they can hang out together for support. It touched me when Brian forgave Russel for what He regretfully and shamefully did to him. They anonymously chatted and decided to meet up.

This book is practically a classic by now and is one of the first books that I read that centered on a gay teenager. After a showdown with the principal, approval is given and a liaison teacher appointed.

This is not a romance novel.

Reality has a second chapter for us to embark in and deal with for good and bad. Retrieved August 16, While I enjoyed Geography Club, it certainly had more geohraphy. Nov 23, Cory rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Sexist Closeted Jocks Favorite Characters: These kids have problems and aren’t yet comfo YA. 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.

Seems like too much work for me now!

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A rantish thing I’d written a while ago on this book I had previously seen the film adaption one night on Netflix when a friend and I were trying to find something to watch. 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. Also, the thing with Trish. Not enough rising action I saw the film adaptation of this a few years back and thought it was wonderful.


Two Things I Didn’t Like 1. This book kind of amazing for me. A nice -safe- vanilla milkshake kind of YA.

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Russel navigating through a high school full of minefields where his secret could be discovered is hard as well as dealing with his feelings about Kevin who reciprocates but isn’t ready to let his secret be known lest he loses his social standing.

Perhaps this is due to my own ignorance, but I feel like today a lot more adults and teens would be accepting. As Kevin and Russel get to know one another, outside of school and hidden away from prying eyes, they realize that there’s no way for them to be together inside school walls. Jun 15, Vitor Martins rated it really liked it Shelves: Kevin haftinger willing to be out and he ends his romance with Russel.

It’s better than hxrtinger YA, which isn’t saying much. The only thing this book had going for it was a few clever quips, and a sometimes allegorical view of high school.

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Please read this if you have any interest in high school dramas or gay fiction, you will not regret it. Hell, straight people have the whole rest of the world! We bought tickets for the stupid romantic comedy rated PG, but once we were inside the multiplex, Kimberly said she wanted to see the stupid erotic thriller rated R instead. But then as I was cruising the net I saw that they had adapted it into a movie. Please provide an email address. Calm, content, view spoiler [even if a little bit heartbroken.

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.