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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Also see Kiki’s review.

And this book is about getting through that and also about friendship and finding new ones. As events at school heat up, with Brian eventually being outed as gay even though he’s not, Russel, Kevin, and their friends will have to learn what’s most important in life.

Selfs vir ‘n ouer leser is Hartinger se verhaal oor Russel Middlebrook genietbaar. I just think that as long you like this kind of stuff you can look in the genres for yo It was such a wonderful book!

Kind of sad really how stongly we want to be popular then and how little it really matters in the now. This book is foul, empty, pointless drivel. Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review thank you! By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I get frustrated that so many books have a cliche or overdone central concept, or that they’re all atmosphere and world-building or “beautiful language,” in the case of some literary novels with no real story.


Russel is reluctant to go on the date, but agrees to do it for Gunnar, as this would be the only way for him to go on a date. A nice -safe- vanilla milkshake kind of YA.

Russel shares this news with Min who says that she is bisexual and has a girlfriend, the soccer-playing Terese. Discover what to read next.


Written in a style similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this book is all about outcasts and the narrator occasionally speaks directly to the reader. Well, very decent book. 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.

For me, Russel made the right decision in the end. May 04, Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it Shelves: Which I do understand, thoughts about identity is probably a big issue, but I doubt a 16 year old will bother his brain with it that much.

I liked Russel, in good and bad he was who he was supposed to be: Chuckling, awing, impressing, touching are what it did to me.

hartnger Then his online gay chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school’s baseball team. Russel joins the school football team so he can be part of Kevin’s crowd.

But considering it is YA we will go with a 4!


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 sexual orientation will love. Russel has had to hide who he really is as it was the only way to survive. It got so that I was expecting a quiz at the end of each chapter: This book is practically a classic by now and is one of the first books that I read that centered on a gay teenager.


Russel and his friends read lik I’ve been waiting to read this for a while, mostly so I can watch the movie on Netflix, and I’m glad to say, this book exceeded my expectations.

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GEOGRAPHY CLUB by Brent Hartinger | Kirkus Reviews

He’s never had an actual experience with another guy, though, so maybe the attraction he feels toward them is something he’ll outgrow–or maybe not. This is not a romance novel. Did anyone here read this? In high schooler Russel, Brent Hartinger has created a Mr.

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