Review: Double Feature by Brent Hartinger

Double Feature by Brent Hartinger

Title: Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies
Series: Russel Middlebrook #3
Author: Brent Hartinger
Published: February 1st 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers
Genre: YA Contemporary GLBTQI

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Book 1: Geography Club
Book 2: The Order of the Poison Oak

It’s a horror-movie extravaganza in this companion to Brent Hartinger’s Geography Club Two books in one recount the stories of best friends Min and Russel who sign up to be extras on the set of a zombie film – then learn that there’s nothing scarier than high school romance Read one story, flip the book over, and read the other In “Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies,” Russel must choose between his long-distance boyfriend and a close-to-home ex who wants to get back together. In “Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies,” Min struggles to accept her cheerleader girlfriend’s decision to stay in the closet.

Russel and Min’s separate stories affect each other in surprising ways – but you’ll have to read both books to find out how.

Well, it should be said I hate the title of this book, and I kind of hate the cover. I also hated that it was a flip-it-over kind of book because the events in Russel and Min’s telling of the story overlaps quite a few places and I do not enjoy reading the exact same scene twice. Not even from different perspectives.

In book 3, we finally get to meet Russel’s parents. And they are kind of awful. Well no, they love their son and all, and perhaps the dad isn’t so bad, but egads, they are every gay teen’s worst nightmare. Including a nice trip to the local clergy to try and set Russel straight.

While all of that is happening, we also see the return of the infamous Kevin Land, Russel’s first boyfriend who hadn’t been willing to come out and had been dumped in book 1. It’s 8 months later, and he’s now very willing to flaunt his gayness at school. Not only that, Kevin wants Russel back. Unfortunately, Russel is now dating Otto, the unbelievably sweet boy he met at summer camp. Otto who lives very, very far way vs. Kevin who is within kissing distance and still hot as sin. *sigh* Even in gayYA I can’t escape the love triangles.

Then there’s the story of Min, who keeps falling for girls who aren’t ready to be out and proud. Truthfully, this story wasn’t that interesting to me, I just could not get into it. I blame the same scene twice syndrome. The story did provide insight into what’s going on with Kevin, but I kind of preferred not knowing, it gave me a bad feeling about what’s going to happen in the next book.

To me, of all the books in this series, the second one is the better. But, I have one left to read, so let’s hold thumbs that I am finally going to be blown away.


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 Blonsky.

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.

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4 Responses to Review: Double Feature by Brent Hartinger

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  2. I don't like rereading the same scenes from another's POV either.

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