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Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
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Fun, thoughtful, and had a lot of charm. What do you do if you're a gay teen in high school, and want to start a support group that stays way under the hyper sensitive teen radar screen? Call it a geography club - no one will ever join. Of course, life in a YA novel is never that simple, and dilemmas ensue. I like the fact that there no easy answers, and that those not ready to come out weren't condemned - more pitied. Very readable, enjoyable. Not quite 5 star level, but close. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
Just watched the movie, looking forward to reading the book!
  NannyOgg13 | May 26, 2018 |
I loved it!! it's definitely a book for the unique
  WokeNerdWriter | Mar 27, 2018 |
This is a great book about growing up and trying to find a place in the world. Doubly difficult if you're gay (like the main character) or GLBTQ.

Russel is very lonely, at first thinking he's the only gay kid at his high school with 1,800 pupils. As he discovers Kevin via a chatroom and more gay kids via his best friend Mim (who turns out to be bi), he is encouraged at first. But they soon face the pressure of the outside world and realize that nothing (in terms of their place and hopes) is solved just because they're all gay and have found each other. On the contrary, banding together will only be seen as suspicious. Even the formation of the 'Geography Club' as 'camouflage' doesn't help longer term. Many of them end up as alone as they started.

Written in the fist person, I thought it was an honest and accurate description of the issues any kid (and many adults) go through when they discover they are different. Even though this story has a gay main character, much of what he discovers has potential for a wider application. Russel learns about himself and what he wants out of life and the sense of humor that never really leaves him makes it all a little more bearable.
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  SerenaYates | Oct 14, 2017 |
Russel believes he's the only gay student at Goodkind High School. His outlet is gay chat rooms. One day he meets a gay student online who goes to his high school. They agree to meet and he turns out to be Kevin, school jock. Russel confides in one of his best friends Min, who herself reveals that she is bisexual and is secretly dating Therese of the soccer team. Now that they've found classmates with a connection, they decide to meet regularly under the guise of the Geography Club, a club name they figure is so boring no one would join and so their cover won't be blown. Book seems to routinely hit all the possible feelings of a gay teen on the outside, as if the author wanted to let gay readers know it's OK to feel like this and this and this. Paralleling the point is the inclusion of Brian Bund, school outcast.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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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 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 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, what became first of a series about Russel Middlebrook, is a fast–paced, funny, and trenchant portrait of contemporary teenagers who may not learn 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.

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Gay and lesbian teenagers find mutual support when they form the "Geography Club" at their high school.

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