HarperTeen, Hardcover, 9780060012212, 240pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2003
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's bisexual, and her soccer-playing girlfriend, Terese. And 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 fastpaced, funny, and trenchant portrait of contemporary teenagers who may not learn any actual geography in their latest school club, but who learn plenty about the treacherous social terrain of a typical American high school and the even more dangerous landscape of the human heart.
“Hartinger’s novel is geared toward young adults but should also speak volumes to youth allies.”
“Lively and compelling... there’s heart-palpitating romance... and there’s plenty of humor in the witty writing.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Pitch-perfect. Artful and authentic.”
-Horn Book Magazine