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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Russel Middlebrook is 23 years old, gay, and living in trendy Seattle, but life isn’t keeping up with the hype. Most of his friends have a direction in life – either ruthlessly pursuing their careers or passionately embracing their own aimlessness.
But Russel is stuck in place. All he knows is that crappy jobs, horrible dates, and pointless hook-ups just aren’t cutting it anymore. What does everyone else know that he doesn’t?
Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to be a regular guy. To have his sexuality be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.
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So when Rafe transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep brnet sexuality a secret – not so much going back in harrtinger closet as starting over with a clean slate. BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. But when Arthur brwnt Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
After all, they get separated. After all, they get reunited. Kyle Stilleno is the invisible student, toiling through high school in the middle of Nowhere, Texas. Brad Greymark is the baseball star of Foster High. When they bond over their mutual damage during a night of history tutoring, Kyle thinks maybe his life has changed for good. But the promise of fairy-tale love is a lie when you’re gay and falling for the most popular boy in school.
A coming of age story in the same vein of John Hughes, Tales from Foster High shows an unflinching vision of the ups and downs of teenage love and what it is like to grow up gay. The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Bgent discovers that the truth is rarely so simple.
If winning Tim’s heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder btent family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart.
Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies. Hearts will be broken, new romance will bloom, but nothing will go down the way Beck and Jax have planned. All Nate wants is to keep his secret and keep his head down until bent can graduate.
And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Matt Lancaster is the star quarterback at Bodine College, a small Southern Division II school with an ultra-conservative dean of athletics. In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Bodine student who does massages – without happy endings – to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay. Trevor takes one look at Matt and breaks all his own rules about mixing business with pleasure.
When a hartinnger 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.
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Seventeen-year-old Evan Panos doesn’t know where he fits in. His strict immigrant Greek mother refuses to see him as anything but a disappointment. His quiet, workaholic father is a staunch believer in avoiding any kind of conflict.
And his best friend, Henry, has somehow become distractingly attractive over the summer. Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera.
During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, knows he’s different from his teammates.
They’re like brothers, but they don’t know one essential thing: Can he still be one of the guys and be honest about who he is? When he’s outed against his will by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates’ trust and accept that his path to success might be more public, and more difficult, than he’d hoped. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison.
Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship – the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be.
But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
He just doesn’t know it yet. Or at least he doesn’t want to admit it.
Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator.
If only his struggle to convince everyone – especially himself – didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.
They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. There’s an app for that. It’s called The Last Friend, and through it Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure – to live a lifetime in a single day. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of coub – and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as the Butcher. The team is high profile, and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures gsography his face around the nation.
His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny, and the truth will get him killed. Narrator Josh Hurley’s performance has the hartniger honesty of a confession, and his narration will resonate with listeners who know what it feels to be different and isolated. High school sophomore Russel Middlebrook is gay and closeted, and it feels like the only time he can really be himself is when he’s chatting online with a gay buddy. 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.
Hurley movingly depicts how Russel’s self-protective clb transforms into a voice that is filled with confidence and hope. Russel Middlebrook is convinced he’s the only gay kid at Geographj 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?
We could call it Geography Club! Brent Hartinger’s debut novel, what became first of a series about Russel Middlebrook, is a fast-paced, funny, and trenchant portrait of contemporary teenagers who may not hartinegr any actual geography in their latest club, but who learn plenty about the treacherous social terrain of high school and the even more dangerous landscape of the human heart.
This is Book 1 in the Russel Middlebrook Series. What made the experience of listening to Geography Club the most enjoyable? Josh Harley was totally convincing as the voice of Russell. Would you recommend Geography Club to your friends? Why or why not? I was drawn to the book after seeing the small independent film version, which I discovered before hearing of the series. I immediately suggested that we buy a set of the books for the group because a they are a bit more contemporary than others, b they offer a larger spectrum of diversity than is typical, and c the characters are imperfect, like everyone else, yet learn from their experiences.
So, yes, I would highly recommend this book and the subsequent entries in the series to friends and colleagues. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? They did, and it was a pleasant film, but bartinger fails to really capture the heart of this book, which is about the relationships Russell has during a pivotal time in his life. So, my proposed tag line would be, “Preview to a great series of YA novels!
Hartinger geographt writing a YA novel that really holds onto the voice of a teen. There are so many books, television shows, and movies out there in which young people espouse great proclamations and truths that are extremely rare for individuals with so little experience with life and who are soaking up as much as they can during those critical adolescent years.
The voices of these characters feel very real, no matter how unglamorous or uncool as they may be received. Many thanks for an entertaining, yet compelling, series of books! That’s really all I can say. This is a little different Than other books i listened to in the Young gay genre. It is not a love story, its a story of comming out and growing up and High School dynamics. But even though it is a little out of my normal HEA genre, i really liked it.
I like the MC and the Way he is both human enough to do the stupid thing and brave enough to do the Right thing in the end, makes him a very Real person. I already downloaded the sequal. The narration is great, and the story is indescribably perfect. I couldn’t stop listening. One of the best books ever! I have read and reread this book. I have read all of them in this series except the last one, which I am happy with the relationship of Russell and Kevin.