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Geography Club

Narrated by: Josh Hurley
Series: Russell Middlebrook, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
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Narrator Josh Hurley's performance has the fervent 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 shell transforms into a voice that is filled with confidence and hope.

Summary

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, that 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. This is Book 1 in the Russel Middlebrook Series.

©2003 Brent Hartinger (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Found it enjoyful

For me this book is truly delightful. Having seen the movie I wanted to read the book. I have only recently been listening to Audio books. I enjoyed the narration and the voice of the person who narrates. I enjoyed the story. I will be listening to the next installments of this delightful story

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huh.

I am thoroughly perplexed on what to write for a review on this book. I came to read a book about a gay couple and what I got was a message about friendship. I could literally watch any disney channel television show if I wanted that. Before you read/listen to this, know that NO lgbt couples end up together, which is very disappointing.

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  • mindnbody
  • 01-03-14

Great narration and timely topic

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. As I was reading all four books in the series, my partner, who volunteers with a youth diversity committee at his school, asked about any resources that might be good for teens who are struggling with sexual/gender identity issues. 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 really 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!"

Any additional comments?

I applaud Mr. Hartinger for 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!

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  • Leah Brock
  • 06-10-20

A Wonderful Coming-of-Age, Coming-Out Story

I am continuing my coming-of-age binge with 'Geography Club'. In this book, Russel Middlebrook, a lonely 16-year-old, is convinced he's the only gay kid in his high school. During an internet chat he meets another 16-year-old that attends his school. This, plus learning his best friend is bisexual, leads to finding other gay kids in their school. They decide to start an after-school support group, but knowing they cannot reveal the true nature of the group, choose the name 'geography club', thinking there's no way any other students will want to join. Russel, as the person telling the story, is the main character, but the book is about an ensemble of characters. All of the students in Russel's orbit have significant parts to play. They each struggle to find themselves, find boyfriends/girlfriends and find connections with each other. Brent Hartinger's characters are real. The reader identifies with them through triumphs and failures, even to the bittersweet ending. It's truly terrific storytelling. Josh Hurley's narration is fantastic. He brings these characters and their stories such life. I can't imagine anyone else more suited to tell Russel's story. Highly recommended.

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  • Eohlone
  • 05-09-20

Highly recommended

Love this story. Not too angsty and tells a believable story of friendship and trust.

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  • Todd
  • 31-08-20

A fun lissen

I enjoy a good coming of age story this one was especially fun and enjoyable. the other thing it brought with it was the teaching of values. a good read!

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  • FORMER Kindle Customer
  • 05-01-20

Bring your own GPS and maps to find your way.

You learn a lot about anatomy and geography. Plus high school cliques and jock ethics. The rumor and gossip are rampant. The lunch room shenanigans are painful. The dates and link ups at night can mix drinking with stupidity. Complete nudity in the locker room and sometimes outside. Teachers and parents are optional.

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  • Bijan
  • 01-10-19

It Spoke to Me

This book spoke to me and my insecurities, growing up living a lie and feeling alone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-18

I really love this book.

It was... Real. That's really all I can say. (and I was shipping them all so much!)

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  • K.S.
  • 13-05-16

Different but very good

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.

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  • Karim
  • 12-05-16

Great book!

The narration is great, and the story is indescribably perfect. I couldn't stop listening. One of the best books ever!

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  • Norman
  • 29-03-16

love this book

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