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. “We just choose a club that’s so boring nobody in their right mind would ever in a million years join it. We could call in the Geography Club!”. 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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Obviously one thing leads to another, and some people hook up, lie to their friends, fake being straight, do terrible things to other kids to fit in, and rise and f Substantially better than Totally Joe.

It touched me when Brian forgave Russel for what He regretfully and shamefully did to him.

But Russel is stuck in place. I enjoyed it — I found Russel an engaging character and there were parts of this book when I 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.

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

Geography Club

And his best friend, Henry, has somehow become distractingly attractive over the summer. A closeted gay high school sophomore narrates Hartinger’s uneven yet realistic first novel. I would not have read this book if I had not been assigned to read a book on Gay and Lesbian Fiction. Russel doesn’t suck at sport, but neither is he that good, he’s not the best looking geographu in school, but neither is he a dork, pretty clever but not brainy, his biggest problem is the locker room and all those naked jocks.

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.


This book kind of amazing for me.

The best thing about this book for me was the charm and wit of the protagonist, Russell. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Michael Barakiva Narrated by: He usually knows the right thing to do, but doesn’t always do it. Kind of sad really how stongly we want to be popular then and how little it really matters in the now.

Russel is a gay kid; for a kid living in a small town he is pretty smart, and even if he has never had any sexual experience, he lives his being gay in the net, attending chats where he is able to talk with other boys his same age and with his same trouble. I would have liked more dlub development – sure we got a good representation of our main character Russel Middlebrook since he is btent narrator, but many of the supporting players left a lot to be desired.

There’s his best friend Min, who reveals that she is bisexual, and her soccer-playing girlfriend Terese.

This is totally already a movie, right? I would encourage everyone to stay far, far away from the Geography Club. And this book is about getting through that and also about friendship and finding new ones.

Apr 20, Ari rated it it was ok. In addition, I’m the co-host of a bi-weekly podcast, Media Carnivores, which covers media-related news and opinion and also honest writing advice and updates on my career. The plot was not that interesting or unusual either. The characters are so well done and the main character is so insightful that you really come to understand the pressures the other characters are under.

Perhaps they accept their sexuality to themselves but they want to stay hidden and under the social radar. I answer all emails, so feel free to contact me through my website: This one was a little thing, and a little preachy — I suppose that I brdnt season all my YA reviews with haftinger am not the target audience”, but for this one and for its sequel even more than most of my YA reviews.

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They did, and it was a pleasant film, but really fails to really capture the heart of this book, which is about the relationships Russell has during a pivotal time in his life. I was drawn to the book after seeing the small independent film version, which I discovered before hearing of the series.


Which I do understand, thoughts about identity is probably a big issue, but I doubt a 16 year old will bother grent brain with it that much. View all 6 comments. Why is it that love of musicals and fashion equal a gay man? It was such a wonderful book! God, I just don’t read or listen to YA as a whole No es la gran genialidad ni aporta nada nuevo pero vaya que sirve para entretener bastante y drenar lecturas pesadas.

Then there’s Terese’s politically active friend, Ike. Some reviews accuse this book of being preachy, and although I agree in part I think “Geography Club” is geogfaphy of the best stories in the YA GLBT genre – the kids swear, do horrible things, aren’t perfect, and think about sex! I though could relate haartinger Russell Middlebrook I was afraid of being found out about my sexuality, till I met my new boyfriend he was out and showed me it was good being who I was his closeness gave me strength he helped me more than any teacher, any counsellor ever did.

One of the best books ever!


It’s definitely a book that explores the topic in a real way, and isn’t cpub or condescending. I have to say, though, it helped me to remember how very painful the teenage years can be, for those gay and straight. He confesses that he is gay to a friend, Lookie here!

A few pages after Belinda’s introduction she becomes one of the most funny and endearing characters in the book and I never really liked Ike and he didn’t get any worse.

This is a little different Than other books i listened to in the Haritnger gay genre. The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life for your ears.