Book Review: Geography Club

Geography Club by Brent Hartinger

SUMMARY: How can a diverse group of gay and lesbian students meet at school without drawing attention to themselves? Easy. They form a club that's so boring, no one will want to join: Geography Club. This club doesn't learn much geography, but they learn plenty about the treachery of high school and the danger of the human heart.

OPINION: This was Hartinger's first novel, and it now has a sequel called The Order of the Poison Oak. Hartinger has some street cred to deal with these issues. Not only is he gay, but he helped start a support group for gay and lesbian teens in his town. This book is fairly believable in its characterization of gay and straight (and bisexual) characters. It is sometimes funny, sometimes depressing, but always truthful in facing difficult issues head-on.

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