Geography Club (Russel Middlebrook, #1)

Geography Club (Russel Middlebrook, #1) Description:

I knew that any wrong action however slight could reveal my true identity br br Russel is still going on dates with girls Kevin would do anything to prevent his teammates on the baseball team from finding out Min and Terese tell everyone they re really just good friends But after a while the truth s too hard to hide at least from each other so they form the Geography Club Nobody else will come Why would they want to Their secret should be safe

Rating: 3.28 out of 5

The Order of the Poison Oak (Russel Middlebrook, #2)

The Order of the Poison Oak (Russel Middlebrook, #2) Description:

Book in the Lambda Award winning Russel Middlebrook Series br br Summer camp is different from high school Something about spending the night Things happen br br 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

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

The Elephant of Surprise (Russel Middlebrook, #4)

The Elephant of Surprise (Russel Middlebrook, #4) Description:

Book in the Lambda Award winning Russel Middlebrook Series br br People aren t always what they seem to be Sometimes we even surprise ourselves br br So discovers seventeen year old Russel Middlebrook in The Elephant of Surprise a stand alone sequel to Brent Hartinger s landmark gay young adult novel Geography Club which has now been adapted as a feature film co starring Scott Bakula and Nikki Blonsky br br 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 br br But the elephant is definitely on the move in all three of their lives Just who is Wade and what are he and his friends planning What is Leah hiding And why is Gunnar taking naked pictures of Kevin in the shower br br The Elephant of Surprise includes Hartinger s trademark combination of humor and romance angst and optimism Before the story is over Russel and his friends will learn that the Elephant of Surprise really does appear when you least expect him and that when he stomps on you it really really hurts

Rating: 3.49 out of 5

Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies (Russel Middlebrook, #3)

Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies (Russel Middlebrook, #3) Description:

Book in the Russel Middlebrook Series Winner of the Lambda Book Award br br It s a horror movie extravaganza in this the second sequel to Brent Hartinger s Geography Club Two complete books in one recount the stories of best friends Russel and Min who sign up to be extras on the set of a zombie film and learn that there s nothing scarier than high school romance br br In the first book Attack of the Soul Sucking Brain Zombies Russel must choose between his long distance boyfriend and a close to home ex named Kevin who wants to get back together In the second book Bride of the Soul Sucking Brain Zombies Min struggles to accept her cheerleader girlfriend s decision to stay in the closet br br But beware Russel and Min s separate stories affect each other in surprising ways and you ll have to read both books together to find out the whole story br br This book was previously published under the title Split Screen

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

Project Sweet Life

Project Sweet Life Description:

For most kids fifteen is the year of the optional summer job Sure you can get a job if you really want one but it isn t required or anything Too bad Dave s dad doesn t agree Instead of enjoying long days of biking swimming and sitting around Dave and his two best friends are being forced by their fathers into a summer of hard labor br br The friends have something else in mind though Not only will they not work over the summer but they re determined to trick everyone into believing they really do have jobs So what if the lifeguard doesn t have a tan or the fast food worker isn t bringing home buckets of free chicken There s only one problem Dave s dad wants evidence that his son is actually bringing in money And that means Dave Curtis and Victor will have to get some without breaking the law and without doing any work br br em Project Sweet Life em is designed for the funny and lazy bone in all of us a true comedy of errors without any effort from seasoned storyteller Brent Hartinger

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

Two Thousand Pounds Per Square Inch

Two Thousand Pounds Per Square Inch Description:

Russel Middlebrook is a gay teen who s been through a lot He s the lead character in Brent Hartinger s Lambda Award winning Russel Middlebrook Series And he s also the star of Geography Club the book that started it all and has now been adapted as a feature film co starring Scott Bakula and Ana Gasteyer br br But now Russel is facing his biggest challenge yet getting tested for HIV the virus that causes AIDS Along the way he learns a few things about safe sex and how to protect himself and others from the disease br br Be forewarned this story uses explicit language and is sexually graphic But it also might tell you a few things you didn t know br br This free short story is part of The Real Story Safe Sex Project an all volunteer organization created by Brent Hartinger dedicated to using entertainment and popular culture to spread the word about HIV AIDS and safe sex to gay and bi male teens and twentysomethings For more information a target blank href http brenthartinger com therealstory rel nofollow http brenthartinger com therealstory a

Rating: 3.39 out of 5

The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know (Russel Middlebrook The Futon Years, #1)

The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know (Russel Middlebrook The Futon Years, #1) Description:

I guess this was what they meant by a loss of innocence Who knew br br Russel Middlebrook is twenty three years old gay and living in trendy Seattle but life isn t keeping up with the hype Most of his friends have a direction in life either ruthlessly pursuing their careers or passionately embracing their own aimlessness But Russel is stuck in place All he knows is that crappy jobs horrible dates and pointless hook ups just aren t cutting it anymore br br What s the secret What does everyone else know that he doesn t br br Enter Kevin Russel s perfect high school boyfriend Could rekindling an old flame be the thing Russel needs to get his life back on track Or maybe the answer lies in a new friend an eccentric screenwriter named Vernie Rose who seems plenty wise Or what the hell Maybe Russel will find some answers by joining his best friend Gunnar s crazy search for the legendary Bigfoot br br One way or another Russel is determined to learn the all important secret to life even if it s a thing he doesn t even know he doesn t know

Rating: 3.32 out of 5

The Last Chance Texaco

The Last Chance Texaco Description:

Fifteen years old and parentless Lucy Pitt has spent the last eight years being shifted from one foster home to another Now she s ended up at Kindle Home a place for foster kids who aren t wanted anywhere else Among the residents Kindle Home is known as the Last Chance Texaco because it s the last stop before being shipped off to the high security juvenile detention center on nearby Rabbit Island better known as Eat Their Young Island to anyone who knows what it s really like br br But Lucy finds that Kindle Home is different from past group homes and she soon decides she wants to stay Problem is someone is starting a series of car fires in the neighborhood in an effort to get the house shut down Could it be Joy a spiteful Kindle Home resident Or maybe it s Alicia the bony blond supermodel wannabe from the local high school who thinks Lucy has stolen her boyfriend Lucy suspects it might even be Emil the Kindle Home therapist who clearly has a low opinion of the kids he counsels Whoever it is Lucy must expose the criminal or she ll lose not just her new home but her one last chance for happiness br br In the tradition of S E Hinton s The Outsiders and Louis Sachar s Holes Hartinger writes about a subculture of teenagers many people would like to forget in a novel as fast paced and provocative as his first book Geography Club

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Three Truths and a Lie

Three Truths and a Lie Description:

A weekend retreat in the woods and an innocent game of three truths and a lie go horribly wrong br br Deep in the forest four friends gather for a weekend of fun br br Truth Rob is thrilled about the weekend trip It s the perfect time for him to break out of his shell to be the person he really really wants to be br br Truth Liam Rob s boyfriend is nothing short of perfect He s everything Rob could have wanted They re perfect together Perfect br br Truth Mia has been Liam s best friend for years long before Rob came along They get each other in a way Rob could never will never understand br br Truth Galen Mia s boyfriend is sweet handsome and incredibly charming He s the definition of a Golden Boy even with the secrets up his sleeve br br One of these truths is a lie and not everyone will live to find out which one it is

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Grand & Humble

Grand & Humble Description:

Harlan is the most popular kid in his high school and Manny may be the least And yet Harlan and Manny both share the same sense of foreboding that something is not quite right in either of their lives br br They have something else in common as well even if they don t know it Fourteen years ago when they were both three years old a tragedy occurred an accident that would link the two boys together forever even as it ultimately drove them apart It s an event that both of them barely remember but it haunts them still Somehow both boys know that nothing will ever be right again until they can each unravel the secret of the terrifying instant that lies at the center of both their lives br br Winner of the Scandiuzzi Children s Book Award

Rating: 3.45 out of 5