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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Good as the story is, relevant as it is, possibly enlightening as the continuation of the story may be, I don’t think it’s something I’ll ever feel comfortable continuing.

After a number of grown-up books leading to a slight degree of melancholy, almost depression, I decided I needed a gay teen in my life. It’s not worth it. But how can kids this diverse get together without drawing attention to themselves? One of the other main things I appreciated about this book was how it combined a coming of age story about peer pressure and climbing hartingeer high school social ladder with a coming out story about trying to stay true to your sexuality and brnet morals.

Feb 11, Dana rated it it was amazing. Jan 14, Maggie Simms rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Geography Club is a book that I should have read sooner rather than later, because now, years after I read The God Box and Out of the Pocketwhen 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.

A rantish thing I’d written a while ago on this book As a younger reader, I may have felt more favorably toward this book. I enjoyed this book quite a lot, made me rethink some of high school and what mindset a lot of the kids had. Hartinger writes sad just as well in this heart-warming, intelligent read. Second, I don’t care if it’s to “take the fall” for the gay kids – Brian appropriates 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 his adult life.


Views Read Edit View history. Everyone acts as if they are 11 years old, especially Gunnar, who constantly talks about how much he wants a girlfriend. Find more of my books on Instagram Feb 06, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is kind of cute actually. The group meets and decides on the Geography Club name to keep it private.

The novel’s age adds to its light, nostalgic charm. But the rest was very normal. Seems like too much work for me now! He is surprised but pleased to find out his online friend is the popular Kevin Land.

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.

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. The book has some excellent humor to it and I liked how realistic and interesting the characters were. Chuckling, awing, impressing, touching are what it did to me. 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.

Geography Club

In summary, I think this is an haryinger book. While I enjoyed Geography Club, it certainly had more potential. Naturally wanting to be around others that are gay he reaches out to the one other person in a gay chatroom that lives in his town. When he discovers another guy from his high school in the room Russel is keen to meet up.


We all lived in a world where being different is bad, ridiculed and not welcome. After school one night, he logs into a gay chat room, where he geograpjy another guy from his school.

What I described above is just a main plot. He needed to do some groveling for my liking. This would be a good book for adolescents struggling with their sexual identity.

Run, and don’t ever look back. Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves – This book is actual proof that no matter how badly clu a book is, it will be made into a movie if the message is strong enough!

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

The characters are flawed and troubled and all the more lovable because of it. Does he have bright red hair, with streaks of green? Also, the thing with Trish.

View all 15 comments. I also enjoyed the sub-plot and sub-characters as well, such as Min and Brian. Dec 22, Wency rated it it was amazing. And amazing job for Brent Hartinger.

The parts with Russel and his love interest occur way later in the novel vs the film had it in the beginning and had more emotionally intimate scenes and leave you hanging for more detail.

There were a lot of references to life in the early s: Gunnar persuades Brentt to go on a second double date with the girls, this time at a cabin outside town. These kids have problems and aren’t yet comfortable with who they are, and they make mistakes because of that.