Review: The Elephant of Surprise by Brent Hartinger

Title: The Elephant of Surprise Series: Russel Middlebrook #4 Author: Brent Hartinger Published: March 30th 2013 by Buddha Kitty Books Genre: YA Contemporary LGBTQI Source: Netgalley Goodreads Amazon Book Depository Barnes and Noble IndieBound Book 1: Geography Club Book 2: The Order of the Poison Oak Book 3: Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies In this latest book, Russel and his friends Min and Gunnar are laughing about something they call the Elephant of Surprise — the tendency for life to never turn out as expected. Sure enough, Russel soon happens upon a hot but mysterious homeless activist named Wade, even as he’s drawn back to an old flame named Kevin. Meanwhile, Min is learning surprising things about her girlfriend Leah, and Gunnar just wants to be left alone to pursue his latest technology obsession. But the elephant is definitely on the move … read more

Review: 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 Goodreads Amazon Book Depository Barnes and Noble IndieBound 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 … read more

Review: The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger

Title: The Order of the Poison Oak Series: Russel Middlebrook #2 Author: Brent Hartinger Published: March 1st 2005 by HarperTempest Genre: YA Contemporary GLBTQI Goodreads Amazon Book Depository Barnes & Noble IndieBound Book 1: Geography Club Summer camp is different from high school. Something about spending the night. Things happen. Geography Club’s Russel Middlebrook is back, and he and his friends are off to work as counselors at a summer camp. Brent Hartinger’s third novel is the story of Indian legends, skinny-dipping in moonlit coves, and passionate summer romance. It’s also the story of Russel’s latest club, the Order of the Poison Oak, a secret society dedicated to helping its members see life’s hidden beauty and accept its sometimes painful sting. The last book ends with this kid Bryan saving our hero, Russel Middlebrook, from being outted to his entire school. This book opens after Russel has decided to out … read more

Review: Geography Club by Brent Hartinger

Title: Geography Club Series: Russel Middlebrook #1 Author: Brent Hartinger Published: February 17th 2004 by HarperTeen Genre: YA Contemporary LGBTQI Goodreads Amazon Book Depository Barnes and Noble IndieBound 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 … read more

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