~Written by Brent Haringer
Russel Middlebrook is convinced he's the only gay kid at Robert L. 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 she's bisexual; Min's soccer-playing girlfriend, Terese; and 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 in the Geography Club!"
Geography Club for anyone, gay or straight, who's ever felt like an outsider -- a fast-paced and funny tale of teenagers who may not learn any actual geography in their latest club, but who discover plenty about the treacherous social terrain of high school, and the even more dangerous landscape of the human heart.
The Geography Club is the first book in the Russel Middlebrook Series by Brent Hartinger and sets the stage for what's to come. The story is engaging and well written making it a highly enjoyable read.
The author does an incredible job of capturing the timeless high school experience faced by teens of past and present making it simple to identify with the situations the story's characters encounter. Geography Club is a heartfelt reminder of just how tough life is for teens and even though they differ as individuals they are all simply seeking to fit in and be accepted for who they are.
I found Geography Club to be an encourage story of teens stepping outside their social boundaries and cleverly finding a way to be themselves. I highly recommend picking up a copy of Geography Club which is available at Amazon.com.