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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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. Life, love and learning happen. Russel persuades Kevin to come to the Geography Club meeting.

Geography Club

My latest project is a trilogy of “new adult” novels called Russel Middlebrook: 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. However, like all well laid plans, it goes awry, and how is the meat of this clever story, not so much a coming of age tale as a coming to awareness story. When Gunnar and Russel go on their double date, Gunnar is happy but Russel only puts up with it for his friend’s sake.

While surfing the Internet one night, he finds chat rooms for different towns and cities, where you can talk to other peo Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.

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

Russel’s friendship with Gunnar gets him into deep water. These are not perfect people but teenagers learning and growing with one more issue to cope with on top of everything. I’d strongly recommend you skip it. Then his online geograpgy chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school’s baseball team.


Russel’s date tries to have sex with him and he puts her off by saying he’s a virgin and he wants his first time to be special. They decide to meet and end up discovering three more gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers that go to their school and decide they would like to form their own support group. I loved him as a character as well; hartingre so awkward, nice, and hilarious in an adorable teenage boy way.

Even on the edge of this abyss, Russel fails to inform Gunnar that he couldn’t go through with it.

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Return to Book Page. Retrieved August 16, Either that, or this book was written by a cis gay man which means it was written by someone who thinks that as long as you’re not attracted to women it’s okay to paint them as filthy and worthless. Gunnar persuades Russel to go on a second double date with the girls, this time breng a cabin outside town.

He confesses that he is gay to a friend, who states that he already had knowlege of this because of the fact that he liked Disney musicals. This book is very interesting and I geovraphy enjoy it so much.

Calm, content, view spoiler [even if a little bit heartbroken. Retrieved from ” https: Preview — Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. Aug 28, Jason Sharp rated it hartinyer was amazing.

This would be a good book for adolescents struggling with their sexual identity. My convction is that you can’t force someone to come out, no geogrqphy how much you love them. Now, I loved those shows and I think it would actually be cool to have gay characters in them but that doesn’t make Brent Hartinger good.

View all 3 comments. 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.


I’ll definitely be looking for more from this author. I bernt also like to talk about Russel and Kevin. Jan 14, Maggie Simms rated it really liked it Shelves: I can’t wait for the second book. And there’s absolutely no sex on page only hinted at fooling around in fade to black scenes. It was better than watching a movie – I lived inside the story!

My advice is to walk away from his terrible franchise and never look back. The second my hatinger touched hers, Trish’s mouth slid open like a garage door on rollers, and I felt her tongue poking between my lips like a raw oyster with a mind of its own.

I had previously seen the film adaption one night on Netflix when a friend and I were trying to find something to watch. Their secret should be safe. In high schooler Russel, Brent Hartinger ahrtinger created a Mr. There are much better LGBT young adult books out there, this isn’t even funny bad. Sure, it’s got a bit of an After School Special vibe. 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.

Perhaps this is due to my own ignorance, but I feel like today a lot more adults and teens would be accepting. It’s not worth it. He is so deep in he’s probably talking to mr.

Description A modern classic about a group of teens discovering sexuality and identity, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, and David Levithan. There are better ones out there.

After school one night, he logs into a gay chat room, where he meets another guy from his school.