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, . A modern classic about a group of teens discovering sexuality and identity, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, and David Hart.

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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? When that buddy turns out to be the gorgeous star of the school’s basketball team, and after his best friend reveals that she’s bisexual, Russel begins to realize that he may not be alone, after all.

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 gets to be part of this club, and talk about this “struggle”? View all 6 comments.

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Not enough rising action What does everyone else know that he doesn’t? 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. If only his struggle to convince everyone – especially himself – didn’t leave him so miserable. Just don’t look too hard into the beards.


View all 7 comments. I recommend the film version as well as there are many significant differences between that and the novel. Overall I really liked it and am glad to have read it. We get no character descriptions, the only think we know about Russell is what we get from his boyfriend around page or so.

I think it is a bit ironic that people keep telling us to be different, to think different. Russel is not Mr.

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Reality has a second chapter for us to embark in and deal with for good and bad. As events at school heat up, with Brian eventually being outed as gay even though he’s not, Russel, Kevin, and haartinger friends will have to learn what’s most important in life.

Michael Barakiva Narrated by: BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. The most frequent comment I get from readers is that my cclub are “page-turners,” which makes me very happy, because that is exactly what I want them to be. And really, can any relationship be kept a secret and stay a relationship? There’s no way that could be true– especially when he finds out that the kid bgent the handle GayTeen is none other than Kevin Land, star of the baseball team, one of the most popular guys in school.

May 20, Ellen rated it really liked it. It just make me, what is the more appropriate term for giggle for males? 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.

Apr 20, Kassa rated it really grography it.

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Apr 02, Kai rated it it was ok Shelves: Narrator Josh Hurley’s performance has the fervent honesty of a confession, and his narration will resonate with listeners who know what geoography feels hartingerr be different and isolated. Apr 20, Ari rated it it was ok. Jay Bell Narrated by: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.


He phones Kevin who drives out to get him and they end up making out. Aug 28, Jason Sharp rated it it was amazing. People who bought this also bought But thankfully, just as things come to a hopeful end in Russell’s life, things are looking up out here. It was such a wonderful book! 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.

Can he still be one of the guys and be honest about who he is? This exchange of feelings and struggles that would otherwise be repressed is both gritty and soulful, and constitutes a brilliant coming-of-age novel. When a relationship with another young man goes south, Theo is forced to confront his own sexuality along with his growing attraction to Chris and the stunted, tenuous relationship Theo has with his father.

I am thoroughly perplexed on what to brwnt for a review on this book. There’s an app for that. I couldn’t stop listening. How to get no one else to join? Thankfully I can s This was actually a pretty good read.

I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time but I’ve tried to keep my expectations low. Brad Greymark is the baseball hartingwr of Foster High. He’s only ever confessed his inclinations to himself, not even his two best friends Min and Gunnar know.