Geography Club

Geography Club

Book - 2003
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A group of gay and lesbian teenagers finds mutual support when they form the "Geography Club" at their high school.


Russel Middlebrook is convinced he's the only gay kid at Goodkind 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's bisexual, and her soccer-playing girlfriend, Terese. And there's Terese's politically active friend, Ike.

But how can kids this diverse get together without drawing attention to themselves?

"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 it Geography Club!"

Brent Hartinger's debut novel is a fastpaced, funny, and trenchant portrait of contemporary teenagers who may not learn any actual geography in their latest school club, but who learn plenty about the treacherous social terrain of a typical American high school and the even more dangerous landscape of the human heart.

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After realizing he isnÆt the only one at his school who is gay and hiding his identity from the rest of the population, Russel Middlebrook decides to create a boring club to be used as a cover for all the gay and bi kids to come and present their true selves without fear.

Publisher: New York : HarperTempest, [2003]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780060012212
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Hartinger, B 100.1 2003
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 19 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.5 6.0 67378


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Nov 02, 2017

Disappointing really. I guess that I didn't really pay attention to the book desription, cuz when I recieved my book, I was in shock at how small the book was! And the story matched the book size. The story had almost no development and it was too simple for me. It was actually pretty stupid and dramatic...would not recommend it! 2 of 5 stars.

Nov 26, 2016

Geography Club was a quick and easy read that manages to tackle the very complex landscape of being closeted in high school. The book also touches upon the feeling of being trapped in this social environment of fear that high school creates. It is an interesting concept, but the writing and some of the characterization was a let down.

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Sep 15, 2015

One of the best gay novels that I have read in years.

Jun 18, 2015

I absolutely loved this book! It has a universal theme of being an outcast and finding support in the face of adversity. It was a great read, because I could relate to the main character in more ways than just being an outcast. If you are looking for a novel that will keep you on your toes, and is very different than the movie adaptation, then this is the book for you!

Oct 11, 2014

Great book for older teenagers in the glbtq community. Personally I loved it and found myself rooting for Russell to make the right choices even if they weren't the easy ones. Tackles bullying, coming out, GSA's, etc. Coming of age tale.

AlainNYC Oct 01, 2013

Pretty good book that all questioning teens should read. Anyone who thinks the subject matter is inappropriate for teenagers is ignoring the reality of all teenagers. They're not as ignorant or unable to discern right from wrong as you think they are. Actually, this can be an eye opener for anyone.

The only negative comment I have about the book is that parts of the story line are rather unrealistic; e.g. Gunnar's change of attitude at the end of the book.

Jun 09, 2013

I thought this was a pretty good book about the struggles of being gay in high school and coming out. I don't remember reading anything that was explicit. I don't know what all these bad reviews are about!

Mee2 Sep 29, 2012

(If kids are so savvy, so good at discerning right from wrong, why doesn't the law allow them to buy cigarettes, or pornographic magazines? Since they are so smart, should these kinds of laws, created to PROTECT THEM, be abolished?) What parent wouldn't want his kid to read quality literature that goes like this: "I would f*ck him if he wanted." "[...] f*ck, McCready thought, probably even m*sturbated to [...]" "The f*ck factor," he said. "Sex." "Apparently Kimberly was going to have sex with Gunner, someone she didn't even like. [...] she was going to have sex with him there on the couch right in front of Trish and me."

DebAK Sep 29, 2012

Yes, very poorly written and adult themes. Nothing to commend this book to kids. (People who couldn't find anything "explicit" probably are too young to understand, therefore shouldn't even be reading this book in the first place.)

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Mee2 Jul 05, 2012

"Apparently Kimberly was going to have sex with Gunner, someone she didn't even like. [...] she was going to have sex with him there on the couch right in front of Trish and me."

Mee2 Jul 05, 2012

"You had sex with guys?" "Maybe."

Mee2 Jul 05, 2012

"The f*ck factor," he said. "Sex."

Mee2 Jul 05, 2012

"[...] f*ck, McCready thought, probably even m*sturbated to [...]"

Mee2 Jul 05, 2012

"I would f*ck him if he wanted."

EuSei Jul 05, 2012

“Russel: You look at pictures of naked guys on the Internet? Kevin: Sometimes.”

EuSei Jul 05, 2012

“I liked guys. Seeing them naked, I mean […].”

EuSei Jul 05, 2012

"You are such a d*ck!"

EuSei Jul 05, 2012

“You son of a b*tch!”

EuSei Jul 05, 2012

“Kimberly had brought a flask into the theater and had been slipping rum into her coke […]”


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Sep 23, 2013

Other: Release date November 15, 2013 (USA)

EuSei Jul 05, 2012

Other: Book has adult themes therefore not for the consumption of minor children.


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