A review of the book the geography club by brent hartinger

Also, unlike in many other teen novels that deal with relationships as most doHartinger does not let his veer into the typical schmaltzy ending.

Hartinger, in addition to being a prolific author of young adult and adult novels, is also a screenwriter. Also, things at school are heating up as the school newspaper reports that a student talked to the controversial Health teacher about forming a support group for gay teens.

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Geography Club Members Russel Middlebrook is your typical, average teen. However, where the story fails is with the character development, plotting, script. Too little too late. His characters are real and their problems believable unlike the Young Adult novels I read as a teenager that were completely out-of-touch, and there are still some like that cropping up today.

I heartily recommend this book for collections and readers of modern gay novels, in this case focusing on an important gay relationship other than between lovers. Sign in to vote. Desiring to meet more often, and in a more secret location, they decide to form a club.


In order to meet with the famous Oscar-winning director, they must drive to San Diego and New Orleans. Opinions expressed in reviews and articles on this site are those of the author s and not necessarily those of BookLoons.

What he is - without a doubt - is gay. This also helps in making the reader comfortable.

Geography Club

Looking for a way to bond, they decide to start the Geography Club, an afterschool club where they can - without the rest of the world knowing about it - share the pressures involved in hiding their sexuality. Afraid of what other may think if they form a Gay-Straight Alliance, they decide to call their club something so boring that no one else would join — thus the Geography Club is born.

Russel is just your average high school student who happens to prefer guys over girls. In respect to these themes, the movie fails and comes across as very dated, particularly when you consider movies far older than the book source Edge of Seventeen or Get Realcovered these topics with much better scripts and character development.

Geography Club is about the tough time of being gay in high school.

Geography Club Book Review

They also are less annyoing and self-involved as characters like Kevin Land or Russel Middlebrook. A good number of the reviewers here have complained with changes from the book to film; some of these have blamed the poor characterizations on this factor as well.

Spoilers The movie, given its budget, is essentially technically sound as far as some aspects. As the title of the novel suggest, Otto holds a difference. Where the characters and thus the story are harmed here is with their shallowness - such as Trish and Kimberly Kimberly is a one dimensional aspiring drunk unable to go for the guy she wants so doing an end-run with his less desirable friend for some unexplained, unknown reason in spite of the portrayal as aggressive and domineering otherwise.

Until he finds another gay teen from his high school in a chat room.


They agree to meet, and soon Russel is dating the most popular baseball player at Goodkind High. Suddenly, he gets a chance to star in a first-rate film.Your corner bookstore in the global village with book reviews across genres, columns and contests, and sections for teen books and children's books.

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Geography Club (The Russel Middlebrook Series Book 1) and millions of other books are available for instant mint-body.com | Audible. Written by Brent Hartinger, Narrated by Josh Hurley. Download the app and start listening to Geography Club today - Free with a 30 day Trial!

Keep your audiobook forever, even if you cancel. Don't love a book? Swap it for free, anytime. 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, Kevin, in a gay chat room; the. Geography Club is an American comedy-drama film based on the Brent Hartinger novel of the same mint-body.com was written by Edmund Entin, directed by Gary Entin, and stars Cameron Deane Stewart, Justin Deeley, Andrew Caldwell, Meaghan Martin, Allie Gonino, Ally Maki, and Nikki Blonsky.

Brent Hartinger's debut novel is a fast-paced, funny, and trenchant portrait of contemporary teenagers who may not learn any actual geography, but who learn plenty about the treacherous social terrain of high school and the even more dangerous landscape of the human heart.

A review of the book the geography club by brent hartinger
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