Title: Geography Club
Author: Brent Hartinger
Year Published: 2003
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Synopsis: 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 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.
Why?: I have heard good things about this book. For it's time, I don't think there were many other coming-of-age gay stories out. I don't read a lot of contemporary YA, but I think I will enjoy this one because of the gay twist.
Expectations: I'm expecting a story about outcasts coming together to find a place they can feel safe. I'm sure the idea of being closeted and putting up a front will be a big part of this book. I hope it is a believable portrayal of high school.
Judging a book by its cover: The cover shows a boy behind a classroom door with the club's sign outside. Maybe this is showing how the members of the club hide behind this fake front. I like the cover.