-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends
Kidzworld Logo

Geography Club Book Review

Geography Club Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

Brent Hartinger writes about the loneliness and fear of being a gay kid in high school in the teen fiction book, Geography Club, published by Harper Collins.

Author: Brent Hartinger

High school isn't always easy. In fact, most of the time, it's a pretty rough ride. There's trying to fit in, trying to be popular, trying to make the team, trying to pass the test - the list goes on. But, it's even rougher if you're gay. Geography Club is about the tough time of being gay in high school.


Geography Club Members

Russel Middlebrook is your typical, average teen. He's not a nerd, but not a jock. He's not a loser, but not a winner. What he is - without a doubt - is gay. Russel knows it, but no one else does, and he feels like the only gay teen on the planet. Until he finds another gay teen from his high school in a chat room. Turns out it's one of the hottest guys - and biggest jocks - in the school. Then Russel discovers one of his best friends is bi-sexual - and her girlfriend also attends their high school. 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.


Geography Club Hits

The book is interesting because it shows you how something that is easy for straight teens (like dating), is super-hard for gay teens. Some of the characters, like school loser Brian Bund and quirky club-joiner Belinda, are really interesting characters. They show how some straight issues can be just as painful and lonely as gay issues. They also are less annyoing and self-involved as characters like Kevin Land or Russel Middlebrook. Min is also a really cool, smart character, but despite being Russel's best friend, she's not in the story much.


Geography Club Misses

This book has all the makings of a compelling and compassionate read, but it just isn't. The storyline moves along too quickly. We don't really get to develop a bond with the gay characters because they are just exposed too easily. It might have been a better read if the whole thing wasn't from Russel's perspective only. It would have been cool to get to know Min or Belinda or Ike a little better and really see their struggles. The way Russel will do anything for his secret boyfriend is just lame.


The Bottom Line

By the end of the book, you do have a better understanding of the characters, but it's the end of the book. Too little too late. And yes, Russel gets a backbone and you actually start to like him again, but again - too little, too late.


Geography Club Rating: 4


Related Stories:

  • Boy Meets Boy Book Review
  • The 411 on Gay Parents
  • Stargirl Book Review
  • 1 Comment

    Related Stories

    Gay-sun

    Do You Know Any Gay Poeople?

    • I know peeps who are gay.
    • I don't know anybody who is gay.
    • I think some of my friends are gay.
    • I am gay.

    Random In The Forums

    redappletree
    redappletree posted in General:
    the wonderful thing about the forums is our place if theres not a topic you like you can start one if you think the posts are dull you can create stuff
    reply about 2 hours
    redappletree
    balls I dunno y  but that came first
    reply about 3 hours
    JeannetteS
    12:18 pm India
    reply about 6 hours
    PunMaster
    PunMaster posted in General:
    KW forums can be fun and all, but i personally think it CAN be a bit too restrictive. now I understand some of the things it restricts, but, when I've attempted to put some of my stories on KW, it suddenly vanishes the moment I leave the page, and then, I tried putting it on story forums, but it decided to yell at me for completely normal words, so I had to go back and alter things that were perfectly okay, and even then it told me it was going to give me a warning. And when I break it up into seperate paragraphs it seems to last too long, and its annoying, but when i put it all together into one post, it yells at me.... so honestly I have mixed feelings. Good for roleplaying, bad for actually sharing anything like a normal person :l
    reply about 7 hours
    Hoellu
    Hoellu posted in General:
    *what topic to say -.-*sighs* Maybe in another moment.. u.u zzz
    reply about 8 hours