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Read "Geography Club" by Brent Hartinger available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. A modern classic about a group of. Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Grade 10 Up-Russel Middlebrook is a ronaldweinland.info: Geography Club (The Russel Middlebrook Series Book 1) eBook: Brent Hartinger: Kindle Store. Geography Club. [Brent Hartinger] -- A group of gay and lesbian teenagers finds mutual support when they form the "Geography Club" at their high school.
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. Soon Russel meets other gay students, too. There's his best friend Min, who reveals that she is bisexual, and her soccer—playing girlfriend Terese. Then there's Terese's politically active friend, Ike. But how can kids this diverse get together without drawing attention to themselves?
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Julie Murphy. Let's Get Lost. Adi Alsaid. My Heart and Other Black Holes. Jasmine Warga. If I Was Your Girl. Meredith Russo.
Katie Cotugno. We Should Hang Out Sometime. Josh Sundquist. Riley Redgate. What If It's Us. Becky Albertalli. Alex, Approximately. Jenn Bennett. Carry On. Rainbow Rowell. The Upside of Unrequited. The Summer I Became a Nerd.
Leah Rae Miller. The Geography of You and Me. What They Always Tell Us. Martin Wilson. Simon vs. A Study in Charlotte.
Brittany Cavallaro. The Beginning of Everything. Robyn Schneider. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. Mackenzi Lee. Cynthia Hand.
Openly Straight. Boy Meets Boy. How to Love. The Crown's Game. Evelyn Skye. Beyond the Wall. But Russel is young, and yes, his best characteristic is that he is real, so no perfect at all; as soon as he finds out about Kevin, he wants to gossip with his friends, and so he talks with Min, his best girlfriend, and to his surprise Min comes out to him as bisexual, and then Min brings on Terese who brings on Ike… and an impromptu club is born.
As I said, no one of the above kids are heroes, and no one wants the burden of being the gay kid at school; they decide to misguide their gay club for a Geography Club, so boring no one will want to join. But after the first session when everyone was able to share their experience, they discover that being gay is not enough of a reason to be together, and their club to survive need to have a reason to be.
Again, no much courage among these boys and girls, and surprise surprise, for once the hero of the novel, Russel, is not an hero at all, on the contrary he is actually the one who will behave in the worst way against another kid.
I liked Russel, in good and bad he was who he was supposed to be: Apr 26, Josephine biblioseph rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. How to get no one else to join?
Name it some thing terribly boring. Life, love and learning happen. 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 Pocket , when 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.
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 Pocket , when queer characters like Jesper Fahey and queer authors like Nina Lacour are on the scene, this book feels shallow and too much like a badly-planned after-school special.
Also, another reviewer pointed out that this is a very sanitized and simplistic look at bullying and being gay. I thought the star athlete was black until someone else, who was black, was introduced, and it was clear that the kid was maybe tan?
Why do authors leave skin-color so ambiguous? The only thing this book had going for it was a few clever quips, and a sometimes allegorical view of high school.
Also see Kiki's review. Jul 07, Roger Kean rated it really liked it. In high schooler Russel, Brent Hartinger has created a Mr. Russel doesn't suck at sport, but neither is he that good, he's not the best looking guy 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.
Russel is not Mr. Average in one way—he's the only gay kid in school. Or is he? He's only ever confessed his inclinations to himself, not even his two best friends Min and Gunnar know. When he discovers to his astonishment that he is not alone, the problem his new friends face is how can they meet to talk without arousing suspicion among their fellow pupils?
I'm not sure whether there is a buried sub-text here about how little insular Americans want to know about other places. 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.
Through Russel's dry voice, we discover the strata of school society, the yin and yang of hierarchy and clique, the yearning to belong and not be an outsider; the love of true friends.
Russel's friendship with Gunnar gets him into deep water. Gunnar wants a girlfriend and sex and the only way he can achieve his aim with sex-bomb Kimberley is if Russel will double with Kimberley's friend Trish. Even on the edge of this abyss, Russel fails to inform Gunnar that he couldn't go through with it.
It leads to the most acutely funny-horrible line of many amusing moments. Hartinger has a turn with sentences and phrases to make you grin aloud that's a sort of open-mouthed Haarrgh without completely turning to laughter , like this one describing Russel's encounter with Trish's lips: The second my lips 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.
Hartinger writes sad just as well in this heart-warming, intelligent read. Feb 17, Michael Price rated it it was amazing. Geography Club follows the lives of several, gay, closeted teens and their constant struggle to fit in and stand out along side their peers. He has a crush on Kevin, the captain of the baseball team, but Kevin and his buddies are constantly making fun of him and Kevin must strive to keep his cover by playing along with the groups gay-oriented insults.
He starts the Geography Club: One thing leads to another and Russel has his first boyfriend, but at a steep price. He alienates his friends and joins the Jocks. Will Russel ultimately choose popularity and sacrifice his personal values, or will he be true to himself and remain a loser?
Read the book! Novel about a group of gay teens who form a secret support group for themselves under the guise of the they think too-boring-for-anyone-to-join Geography Club.
The plot is pretty predictable, but except for a few anvil-y moments like when Russel explains, in parentheti Novel about a group of gay teens who form a secret support group for themselves under the guise of the they think too-boring-for-anyone-to-join Geography Club. Actually, that lesson is helpful any time. And a debut author I have had bad experiences with both. But then as I was cruising the net I saw that they had adapted it into a movie. I of course was quick to rent it BUT Having learned my lesson with the Twilight Saga, where I first saw the movies that later destroyed the whole Saga for me, I maturally decided to read the book first.
And my work load from the beginning of the year is unimaginable, so it was a feat. And a great compliment to the book. Brent Hartinger writes an in depth first novel that leaves me on my toes for the next ones and I saw that we get more Russel, yay!!! This is not a romance novel. This is a tender, respectful, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking coming of age novel. It shows the significanse of a great or at least willing support group. It tells the tale of a scared-of-the-different teenager, who by the end of the book becomes himself.
Calm, content, view spoiler [even if a little bit heartbroken. I was so much into the book, that I didn't even mind the end.
I wish Kevin finds the support he needs. My convction is that you can't force someone to come out, no matter how much you love them. You just have to repsect their time. Oh well, I expect great things from Mr. This was actually a pretty good read. Hartinger's story has a lot of depth to it about realistic things people have to go through every day concerning relationships and friendships, high school, dealing with things that at the time are incredibly difficult but in the end being able to come out of them stronger than before, and accepting one's self for who they are.
Overall I really liked it and am glad to have read it. But so much of it hit too close to home, not in a good way. Thankfully I can s This was actually a pretty good read. Thankfully I can say it's not a 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. But thankfully, just as things come to a hopeful end in Russell's life, things are looking up out here.
Reality has a second chapter for us to embark in and deal with for good and bad. Geography Club has a sequel too, but I don't think I'm ever going to get into it. 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. Feb 12, Menglong Youk rated it it was amazing Shelves: Geography Club is a story of an isolated gay kid who never thought that there were any other gays in his town besides him, but he was wrong.
Kevin, whom Russel had no idea that he was secretly gay, was a popular kid in high school. They anonymously chatted and decided to meet up. They both started having crush on each other. As the story develops, there were still many problems for them to face, but they were not strong enough to dare to stand against the truth, instead both of them were hiding. I listened to this audiobook when I desperately need something that can make me relax, and it worked! Chuckling, awing, impressing, touching are what it did to me.
What I described above is just a main plot. I also enjoyed the sub-plot and sub-characters as well, such as Min and Brian. I wish Min really did exist so that I could give her a hug. She is such a great friend to Russel no matter how dicked he acts.
So is Brian, who gets bullied by nearly everyone in school, but he still has a great and caring perspective. It touched me when Brian forgave Russel for what He regretfully and shamefully did to him. I can't wait for the second book.
Aug 31, Wade rated it really liked it Shelves: But considering it is YA we will go with a 4! It was a good representation of high school life. I think what Russel went through was realistic.
I hate how he changed and almost became one of the ones he formally despised.
Mig's relationship that is so often the case. Things feel good and fun when kept a secret but when the secret i 3. Things feel good and fun when kept a secret but when the secret is known suddenly there is too much pressure and things fall apart. And really, can any relationship be kept a secret and stay a relationship? I am glad it ended the way it did. For any other ending to be written would have seemed unrealistic and trite.
This wa well written and I an glad for the everyone of digesting mr.
Hartinger's words. Side note I wanted a bit more "physical" than YA tends y to give. View all 5 comments. 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. 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. Unlike PBW, it's much happier and you spend less time cringing.
One of the best parts of this book is by far the realistic portrayal of high school and it's inhabitants. 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.
Russel and his friends read like real people, and don't suffer from the YA-perfect-person plague. The characters are flawed and troubled and all the more lovable because of it. I'll definitely be looking for more from this author. Nov 20, Dig rated it really liked it. Oh, apparently it's a movie. I thought this book was going to be dumb. As most high school books are but this book was real. Almost too real. This was very stereotypical in very stereotypical ways -- the way it portrayed the gay jock kids also hit home.
I loved it and I think I've Oh, apparently it's a movie. I loved it and I think I've found my new series to obsess over. There are so many smart jokes in this book that I just died laughing. Hell, straight people have the whole rest of the world! Feb 02, Smith Barney rated it liked it. A nice -safe- vanilla milkshake kind of YA.
A bit on the plain-side.. I didn't catch the opportunity to climb inside any of the characters and so that felt a bit cafeteria-food inspired for me..
May 20, Ellen rated it really liked it. The main character of this YA title is a decent, likable fellow, but he's quite humanly flawed; which is perhaps what makes him as appealing as he is.
He usually knows the right thing to do, but doesn't always do it. Despite the focus on sexuality and the sex it leads to, bullying at its most cruel, and broken hearts abounding, this novel has an innocence to it. I have to say, though, it helped me to remember how very painful the teenage years can be, for those gay and straight. It's clear also, The main character of this YA title is a decent, likable fellow, but he's quite humanly flawed; which is perhaps what makes him as appealing as he is.
It's clear also, however, as depicted through these characters, that many gay teens in the 21st. Jan 14, Maggie Simms rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is true YA. I really enjoyed reading it. There was bullying and homophobia which are things that I usually don't like to read about because they upset me too much. However, there was also a lightness in the reading. Maybe because of the pacing?
There were also funny moments. The only thing I wished is that he had not forgiven Gunnar so easily.
He was a really crappy friend. He needed to do some groveling for my liking. Again, great YA book. Can't wait to read more books by this author. Oct 24, Gordon Ambos rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 06, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is practically a classic by now and is one of the first books that I read that centered on a gay teenager. Fully relatable. Russel has had to hide who he really is as it was the only way to survive.
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. Little did he know that this would be Kevin Land, all star athlete, immensely cool, and totally drool-worthy. Along with his best friend Min, he and other gay This book is practically a classic by now and is one of the first books that I read that centered on a gay teenager.
Along with his best friend Min, he and other gay teens form the Geography Club; a safe place where no one knows that they're gay and that they can talk and feel safe but not every secret stays a secret. 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.
Every young gay teen should read this book and know that they are not alone. We have all been there. Jul 13, Sonya rated it liked it.
The Geography Club: Brent Hartinger Date Finished: October Snapshot: Russell, a boy in high school, is secretly gay, but soon he finds other gay teens at his high school, including Kevin, a popular jock. This group forms the Geography Club because they crave a space that is their own; where they can discuss the issues they are going through in an oftentimes homophobic society.
The individuals in this group sometimes struggle with doing the right thing and accepting themselves. This boo The Geography Club: This book is about a hot topic—sexuality, so it may be a draw for all teenagers who are exploring their sexuality.
This may also be a helpful book, for teens that think they are gay, but are feeling ashamed or alone. The book is about a charged topic, so it might make some students who read it uncomfortable. Student in Mind: Male or female student who may be struggling with their sexuality Conference Notes: May 15, Lorena Miyuki rated it really liked it. Gostei do livro, gostei dos personagens.
This is totally already a movie, right? God, I just don't read or listen to YA as a whole Sure, it's got a bit of an After School Special vibe. And there's absolutely no sex on page only hinted at fooling around in fade to black scenes.
But it still had my interest from the first moment Which I am absolutely reading. Slight rating change to make room for another YA title that I am already loving more May 30, Eliana rated it did not like it Shelves: Wow, was this book awful! I feel bad for gay teens who were looking for books to read back in and got stuck with this. The writing was terrible, the plot was cliche, and the characters were flat stereotypes.
I normally say that I can't afford to be too picky when it comes to books with lgbtq characters, because there are so few of them, but I think I can be picky with this one. It did a lot of telling instead of showing and there was tons of over-explaining, as if the author needed to reach Wow, was this book awful! It did a lot of telling instead of showing and there was tons of over-explaining, as if the author needed to reach a certain number of words or something. A few friends told me they liked the movie that was based on this book, which I guess I can see how it would be sort of a cute story if you didn't have to deal with the awful writing.
Okay, I feel a little bad about how many negative things in this review so I will say one good thing: 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. He won't have to live through the threats, the violence, the oversexualization, or having his marriage nullified.
He gets to be part of this club, and talk about this "struggle"?
It's a safe space for queer kids, somewhere that's theirs. It's not for cishet people. That's like an able-bodied person wearing a blindfold and then being given disability benefits. Ally culture can be so corrupt and this book is not helping.