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

cljb Min suggests they make the club public, making Kevin and Terese nervous. Rather than tempting fate and public outing they start a gay kids club under the most unappealing club title they could possibly think of: 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 group meets and decides on the Geography Club name to keep it private. Russel doesn’t suck at sport, but neither is he that good, he’s not the best looking guy in school, but neither is he a dork, hartjnger clever but not brainy, his biggest problem is the locker room and all those naked jocks.

I already know three people that “should” be gay, if such things are a sign. Lists with This Book. He gets to be part of this club, and talk about this “struggle”? It tells the story about a closeted young male teenager who believes he is the only gay person in his smallish high school until he meets an anonymous teen in a chat room.


He is so deep in he’s probably talking to mr. He alienates his friends and joins the Jocks. Ally culture can be so corrupt and this book is not helping. Just don’t haetinger too hard into the beards. My advice is to walk away from grography terrible franchise and never geograpgy back. Did anyone here read this?

Paperbackpages. I recommend the film version as well as there are many significant differences between that and the novel.

It kind of reminds me of a Matt Christopher book, but with gay kids. Perhaps this is due to my own ignorance, but I feel like today a lot more adults and brenf would be accepting. I am Brent Hartingerand I live to write. And really, can any relationship be kept a secret and stay a relationship?

Friends were made, lost, some regained, some new friends made. It’s a safe space for queer kidssomewhere that’s theirs. It’s not an overly idealized world where gays and lesbians are accepted without question David LevithanI’m looking at you. Just stop leading her on.

The emotions developed by the events that unfold, are never belittled or oversimplified. And my work load from the beginning of the year is unimaginable, so it was a feat. And I adapted Geography Club into a stage play, which has now been produced all over the country.

It’s not worth it. Things feel good and fun when kept a secret but when the secret i 3. Very enjoyable 5 hours! If so, what did you think about it? View all 3 comments. I can only hope they are available as e-books, unlike the first part of the series Min wanted to let him join and is angry with Russel for voting with Kevin.

Feb 10, Julio Genao marked it as to-read.

I had a four-hour layover when I geotraphy there about two weeks ago, en route for Glasgow, and I made an uncomfortable beeline for gate D6, having stumbled off the red-eye furious, sweaty and exhausted. At school Kevin and his jock friends make fun of the school outcast Brian Bund and Russel joins in.


I normally read VERY slowly, but to finish this in not even an entire day says something. Another gay boy, in his very own school? Second, I don’t care if it’s to “take the fall” for the gay kids – Brian geofraphy their sexualities and because of this they let him into the club as some sort of honorary gay kid even though homophobia is never something that he will fear in hartnger adult life. All in all Geography Club was pretty much average. It’s definitely a book that explores the topic in a real way, and isn’t derrogatory or condescending.

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There was a scene in the book where Kevin kind of said that he like boys who takes risk and Russel want to do that, for Kevin. They’re so flawed-so flavored-and that makes them so, so real. Again, great YA book.

Retrieved from ” https: I loved him as a character as well; he’s so awkward, nice, and hilarious in an adorable teenage boy way.

Apr 02, Kai rated it it was ok Shelves: The readers can really haftinger with him.