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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Esse livro foi publicado em Want to Read saving…. This book is touching, frightening, and compelling in all the right paces. The worst part is his boyfriend doesn’t even care when their opinion differs.

The story follows several teenagers as they realize they are not alone and end up trying to form a support group for themselves. Everyone acts as if they are 11 years old, especially Gunnar, who constantly talks about how much he wants a girlfriend.

GEOGRAPHY CLUB by Brent Hartinger | Kirkus Reviews

Nov 23, Cory rated it it was ok Recommends it for: The ending was the worst thing, bringing in every cliche Hartinger could think of. Sexist Closeted Jocks Favorite Characters: It’s not worth it. My advice is to walk away from his terrible franchise and never look back. Just stop leading her on. 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 breng.


I think it is a bit ironic that people keep telling us to be different, to think different.


The main character shows promise in the first chapter an I have never rage-quit a book so fast and so furiously and I don’t think I ever will again. And the writing is too juvenile for high schoolers despite the profanity. Thankfully I can say it’s not haftinger personal thing so much as a lot of the issues and realities in the story are things people around me have had to be dealing with personally right now.

The characters are so well done and the main character is so insightful that you really come lcub understand the pressures the other characters are under.


These are the types of teenagers that exist in every high school, struggling to get through the minefield of social acceptance and rejection with the added pressure of being different. Some reviews accuse this book of being preachy, and although I agree in part I think “Geography Club” is one of the best stories brebt the YA GLBT genre – the kids swear, do horrible things, aren’t perfect, and think about sex!

Min sees this and is disgusted. Hartinger writes hartingwr just as well in this heart-warming, intelligent read. But does the main character form his own opinions about anything after that?

It shows the significanse of a great or at least willing support group. Description A modern classic about a group of teens discovering sexuality and identity, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, and David Levithan.

I chose Hartinger’s “The Geography Club” purely as a self-indulgent piece of reading, and I was pleasantly surprised with the content. I enjoyed it — I found Russel an engaging character and there were parts of this book when Hartingeer really felt for him, but sometimes the message Hartinger was trying to get across just pounding me in the face instead of gently tapping my shoulder. Russel is again pressured for sex and when Gunnar refuses to drive him home, Russel storms off. Retrieved from ” https: 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.


I didn’t know that this book is into the movie. If I had to describe my own books, I would say, “Strong central concept, strong plot, strong character and voice, and usually lots of humor. Why do authors leave skin-color so ambiguous?

I also enjoyed the sub-plot and sub-characters as well, such as Min and Brian. I just think that as long you like this kind of stuff you can look in the genres for yourselves because I don’t remember and I hate defining stuffit’s a pretty decent book.

Basically, I see myself as a storyteller. If only I had the guts to do something like this in high school. 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.