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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Teen (Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060012218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060012212
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,297,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am Brent Hartinger, and I live to write.

For the last twenty years, I have made my living writing just about everything that involves words.

My most famous book is probably my 2003 novel, Geography Club, which has been adapted into a feature film starring Scott Bakula, Marin Hinkle, Ana Gasteyer, Cameron Deane Stewart, Justin Deeley, Ally Maki, Andrew Caldwell, and Nikki Blonsky. It'll be released in 2013.

I've since written two sequels to Geography Club, with two more forthcoming. I call the whole group of books The Russel Middlebrook Series.

I like to write for all ages, but I particularly like writing for and about teenagers. I think it's because I identify so strongly with them. Whenever I hear an adult complain about a teenager, I almost always take the side of the kid, even without hearing his or her version of the story!

For the record, I try hard to write books that people *like* to read. The most frequent comment I get from readers is that my books are "page-turners," which makes me very happy, because that is exactly what I want them to be. My biggest complaint with books I hate is that they don't get to the point (or, worse, they don't *have* a point!).

My second great love is the theatre. My plays have been performed at dozens of theaters across the country. And I adapted Geography Club into a stage play, which has been successfully produced many times. I've also written a play version of my young adult thriller Grand & Humble. (If you're involved with a theater and want a copy of either script, contact me: brentsbrain@gmail.com)

I also sometimes teach writing, in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College and elsewhere.

I live in Seattle, Washington, with my partner, the writer Michael Jensen, and I answer all email (even if it sometimes takes a while!).

Brent Hartinger
www.brenthartinger.com


My "Official" Biography:

BRENT HARTINGER is the author of a number of novels, mostly for and about teens, including Geography Club (HarperCollins, 2003) and three sequels: The Order of the Poison Oak (HarperCollins, 2005); Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies (HarperCollins, 2007); and The Elephant of Surprise (2013).

His other books include The Last Chance Texaco (HarperCollins, 2004); Grand & Humble (HarperCollins, January 2006); Project Sweet Life (HarperCollins, 2008); and Shadow Walkers (Flux Books, 2011).

Mr. Hartinger's many writing honors include being named the winner of the Lambda Literary Award, the Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and a Book Sense Pick (four times).

A feature film version of his first novel, Geography Club, will be released in 2013, starring Scott Bakula and Nikki Blonski.

Hartinger is also the author of many award-winning screenplays and plays, including a stage adaptation of Geography Club, which has received regional productions in Tacoma, Salt Lake City, Edmonton, and elsewhere. A feature film version of his play The Starfish Scream, which has also received many regional productions (and was twice produced Off-Off Broadway in New York), is in active development for a possible 2014 release.

Hartinger is a sometime-member of the faculty at Vermont College in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and is also the co-founder of the entertainment website AfterElton.com, which was sold to MTV/Viacom in 2006.

He lives in Seattle with his partner, writer Michael Jensen.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By December Days on 25 May 2008
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my 20th birthday, I'd read a few reviews that said this was for younger people but I still wanted to read it. I must say that I enjoyed it from start to cover. I read this book in less than two days.
Russell (lead character) knows he's gay but feels like he has no-one to relate to, or talk to about it. He confides all his secrets into people that he meets in internet chatrooms. Like most evenings Russell spends the night talking to other gay people in these chatrooms, until he stumbles across a chatroom for the small town where he lives. He genuinely does believe that he is the only gay person in the town, but unknown to him at the time; the other gay person in this chatroom is only the most popular, well-liked jock in the whole school.
They agree to meet at the swampy, stinky, picnic gazebo, and can't believe who it is that they're meeting.
After a few times of meeting, sharing secrets and a few intimate moments, they embark on a really romantic (if secret) romance.
I may be 20 but I couldn't put this book down from the moment I got it, as young and naive as it is, it's a fantastic read regardless of how young or old you happen to be.
Just buy it, you won't regret it.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sep 2003
Format: Hardcover
With an opening like "I was deep behind enemy lines, in the very heart of the opposing camp." I half expected an oppressive 'us and them' mentality to dominate the whole of Hartinger's plot and confine this wonderful first novel to the exclusive pigeon hole of teen homosexual literature. I couldn't have been more wrong.
Geography club is a gentle and honest story about a young man's struggle to find common ground, told in the unique but identifiable first person voice of Russel Middlebrook.
I recommend this book to anyone who has ever been on the outside, parts moved me to tears and at times it had me in stitches of laughter.
A sample chapter can be found at I know I'll be watching out for this authors next work.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct 2006
Format: Paperback
Russel Middlebrook is pretty sure that he's gay. After all, he's not attracted to girls, and he spends every day after gym class studiously avoiding the other half-naked guys in the locker room. He's never had an actual experience with another guy, though, so maybe the attraction he feels toward them is something he'll outgrow--or maybe not.

While surfing the Internet one night, he finds chat rooms for different towns and cities, where you can talk to other people who are also gay. And amazingly enough, there's a boy he meets with the name GayTeen-- who not only lives in his town, but also attends his high school. Another gay boy, in his very own school? There's no way that could be true-- especially when he finds out that the kid with the handle GayTeen is none other than Kevin Land, star of the baseball team, one of the most popular guys in school.

As Kevin and Russel get to know one another, outside of school and hidden away from prying eyes, they realize that there's no way for them to be together inside school walls. The same is true for Russel's friends Min and Terese, who although they claim to just be really close friends, are actually in love. So along with a few others, including Gunnar, who is straight, and Brian Bund, the loser of Goodkind High School, the boys form The Geography Club. After all, no one else is going to want to join such a boring club--especially if they knew it was just a front for a gay/ lesbian school group.

As events at school heat up, with Brian eventually being outed as gay even though he's not, Russel, Kevin, and their friends will have to learn what's most important in life. And that sometimes, no matter how much you might wish for things to be out in the open, you're just not ready.

GEOGRAPHY CLUB is a great, quick read from author Brent Hartinger, about the ups and downs of daily high school life, and the struggle to find ones identity.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CosmicJunkie on 24 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
Amazingly, it arrived two days earlier than it was supposed to. When i got to reading the book, it didnt last long enough(!!) and i read it in one sitting. I then ordered the sequel as soon as i got home. READ THIS BOOK!!!!! it is AMAZING!!!!!!!!! :D
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Notman on 9 Sep 2007
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This is enid blyton for the gay generation below (getting younger by the day i swear!)
I gave this book to my cousin (aged 13) and obviously not out, (but to me and most of the family who had time to see me mincing through adolescence most definately a "club member")- and he was (bit shocked- bless he thought no one knew!) but thrilled with it. Its a gay kids book basically, and brilliantly written- funny, engaging, and as up to date as it can be for a book. Daily mail is probably wetting itself right now.
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I enjoyed this book as I believed in the characters. It was easy and enjoyable to read. Good holiday book!
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By Maria Menduni on 11 Sep 2013
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I've been looking for this book for a long time and once again Amazon did a great job.
I got it this morning and I can't wait to start reading it!
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By Tiara on 26 Aug 2013
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I really liked this book, it was well written and well put together. It was sad enough to seem like something I would write, except nobody died. Which is a plus.
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