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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. I knew that any wrong action, however slight, could reveal my true identity Russel is still going on dates with girls.
Kevin would do anything to prevent his teammates on the baseball team from finding out. Min and Terese tell everyone they’re really just good friends. But after a while, the truth’s too hard to hide – at least from each other – so they form the “Geograph I knew that any wrong action, however slight, could reveal my true identity But after a while, the truth’s too hard to hide – at least from each other – so they form the “Geography Club.
Why would they want to? Their secret should be safe. Paperbackpages. Published February 17th by HarperCollins first published March 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Geography Clubplease sign up. Did anyone here read this?
If so, what did you think about it? I saw the film adaptation of this a few years back and thought it was wonderful. So, if this happens to be the source that the film was based on, I really do want hartunger check it out. Tristan Wolf My review speaks to my reasons for saying this: This book is foul, empty, pointless drivel. I have not seen the film, and my greatest reason for not …more My review speaks to my hartlnger for saying this: I have not seen the film, and my greatest reason for hhartinger watching it is that I like Scott Bakula too much to see him relegated to such dreck.
My advice is to walk away from his terrible franchise and never look back. See 1 question about Geography Club…. Lists with This Book. Mar 24, Kiki rated it it was ok. The thing about Schiphol is that it’s almost too easy to navigate. You hartingdr off your plane, and your connecting flight is about six steps away. I had a four-hour layover when I arrived there about two weeks ago, en route for Glasgow, and I made an uncomfortable beeline for gate D6, having stumbled off the red-eye furious, sweaty and exhausted.
When I got to the desk, the clean, impeccably dressed, beautiful Dutch attendant politely told me I had three and a half hours to wait until check in, so I The thing about Schiphol is that it’s almost too easy to geograpyy. When I geographj to the desk, the clean, impeccably dressed, beautiful Dutch attendant politely told me I had three and a half hours to wait until check in, so I circled back and found what I assumed was a waiting area.
I opened this book on my Kobo and finished it with way too much time to spare before check-in, and that’s factoring in my painful battle with sleep; I nearly had to pinion my eyes open and don’t even bother telling me I should have set an alarm on my phone because my data cut off somewhere over Iceland and Schiphol’s wifi is timed. So my phone bowed out. My phone is a fucking quitter. What I got through the veil of my bleary eyes was a so-so after school special with a nasty sexist undertone and a foolishly easy ending that completely undermines the entire point of the book.
First of all, it’s rich of Min to get all holier-than-thou about Brian when she sat and watched the jocks bully him in the lunch hall and said nothing. 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 kidssomewhere 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.
I don’t want to go super in-depth because this book has no depth. It’s like David Levithan or John Green lite and while I’ve said very little on John Green, I’m not a huge fan of him or his pretentious contemporary reads or his status as the darling of YA a genre whose 21st century popularity was built by women. That’s not the point here anyway. Just don’t look too hard into the beards.
They’re blonde teenage girls which means they must be grotesque harlots.
Either that, or this book was written by a cis gay man which means it was written by someone who thinks that as long as you’re not attracted to women clu okay to paint them as filthy and worthless. View all 3 comments. Dec 22, Wency rated it it was amazing.
Geography Club (Russel Middlebrook, #1) by Brent Hartinger
It is my second read of this book. I cried harder the second time. We all lived in a world where being different is bad, ridiculed and not welcome.
I think it is a bit ironic that people keep telling us to be different, to think different. But here we are getting shit for being different. And that even more suck in high school where they say has the best memories but it is also where anyone can find themselves in a toughest situation. And this book is about getting through that and also about fr It is my second read of this book. And this book is about getting through that and also about friendship and finding new ones.
This book kind of amazing for me.
The writing and the plot will just suck you in and make you relate to the story. I think Russel, being the one telling the story has a way of getting sympathy.
The readers can really connect with him. And amazing job for Brent Hartinger. Pretty likable sub-characters too. Specially Min, Gunnar, and Brian. They are well written for me and has good attributes.
I would also like to talk about Russel and Kevin. It just make me, what is the more appropriate term for giggle for males? There was a scene in the book where Kevin kind of said that he like boys who takes risk and Russel want to do that, for Kevin.
For me that’s okay. But sometimes when we like someone, we want to be the person they like or want that in the process we started losing ourselves too. For me, Russel made the right decision in the end. But I am hopeful for the next book. This is the kind of book that really makes me want to read YA more.
This book made me laugh too! Here are the lines I love from this book: This is kind of cute actually. View all 9 comments. Mar 06, Sean Kennedy rated it really liked it. Some reviews accuse this book of being preachy, and although I agree in part I think “Geography Club” is one of the best stories in the YA GLBT genre – the kids swear, do horrible things, aren’t perfect, and think about sex! Honestly, some books make them so neutered it’s hard to take them seriously.
It is even realistic in the fact that by the end, some have made the painful decision to stay in the closet rather than out themselves and ‘live their lives, be free’.
Life isn’t like that for every Some reviews accuse this book of being preachy, and although I agree in part I think “Geography Club” is one of the best stories in the YA GLBT genre – the kids swear, do horrible things, aren’t perfect, and think about sex! Life isn’t like that for everybody, but there is enough of a positive message in there that any gay teen will still close the book feeling optimistic.
I wish books like this had been around when I was in high school! Apr 02, Kai rated it it was ok Shelves: I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time but I’ve tried to keep my expectations low. So the protagonist, Russel, was plain. He was not especially interesting or smart or brave or talented. There were a few side characters that I really liked, especially Min and Brian.
But the rest was very normal. Most of the time some of them actually annoyed me.