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Split Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies / Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies (Russel Middlebrook #3)

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Book 3 in the Russel Middlebrook Series, Winner of the Lambda Book Award!

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.

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published by Harper Teen (first published February 1st 2007)
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Mrs. S
I don't want to ignore the first half of this book, which continues the story of Russel Middlebrook, but I was so excited when I got to the second half and discovered that it was narrated by Russel's friend Min. As scarce as YA fiction about gay teenagers is, YA fiction about queer girls and/or bisexual teenagers is even harder to find, so I loved seeing Min get her own story. It was also nice that we got to see a few different styles of parenting--in fact, I think a strength of this book is the...more
Jennifer Lavoie
Years ago I read the first two books in this series, so I was happy to finally get my hands on the third installment with Russel and friends. This book did not disappoint. It is told from both Russel and Min's perspective, and readers get to choose which one to read first. I started with Russel but switched to Min because I wanted to end the book with my favorite character. I was surprised, though, because I ended up really liking Min's side of the story! She had a fresh, unique voice, and I lov...more
2.5 stars really - becuase I didn't completely dislike it. I just thought that it was too gimmicky - I very much disliked the "flip this book" gimmick and disliked re-reading the same story twice. A sequel to Geography Club that just didn't live up to expectations (but stood on it's own). I did appreciate however that this book is one of the few that had GLBTQ characters without it being an "issue" book. Can't wait for lots more of this type.
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...more
A quick and entertaining read, but often falls victim to the preaching that hampered Geography Club in parts. Russel and the gang are as fun as ever to tag along with, and it is nice to see some of the characters confront their own hypocrisies and misconceptions, though some of the characterization seems a bit one-dimensional at times.

Order of the Poison Oak remains my favorite of the series. The rest are the type of stories I would have eaten up when I was in mid-teens and looking for all sorts...more
Jenni Frencham
Let me start with this: I don't know what a "brain zombie" is. I read this book, and I still don't. This is more about Russell and his friends than about the zombie movie they're participating in. Russell's parents find out he's gay and they Freak. Out. And he doesn't know what to do with that. And Min's parents are very accepting of her bisexuality, but she's having trouble with a person she met on the set of the zombie movie.

Don't read this book if you're looking for a zombie book. But if you...more
Connor Tansley
A completely new format to the other books in the stories this book explores two stories and learning and romance from both Russell and his friend Min. This allows you to see the characters in a new light as you get a real background of their lives to develop them as people. It also gives makes the story more realistic in a way as some of the event match and can be seen from different perspective but you see the separate lives in the mix as well.

This story explores a mix of themes and emotions f...more
Sean Kennedy
(3.5 / 5)

We return to the highschool in this third "Geography Club" book - but Belinda and Ike are still missing, although Kevin comes back as a major character. We have alternating viewpoints this time around, from both Min and Russel - it is best to start with Russel's as Min's "fills in the gaps" and packs a bit of a punch as some loose ends are resolved. Some of the scenes with Russel's parents come across stilted, but they are a minor setback to an enjoyable story.
Dustin James
This book was a little less entertaining. It was extremely short, and I know it was because of the split-screen with Min's story, but the only problem I had with that is, I wasn't interested reading Min's story. Russel is the character I fell in love with, and I want to know more about his story, not just a little quick blurp and then suddenly Min's story. It didn't seem to push the plot much further either. Sadly it made me less than enthusiastic about it.
Brent Hartinger prosegue con la serie incentrata su Russel Middlebrook e i suoi amici del cuore Min e Gunnar. Per chi non conosce questa serie, è opportuno fare un breve riepilogo di cosa è successo fin qui.

Il primo libro, Geography Club, introduce il personaggio di Russel Middlebrook. Sedici anni, esce con Trish ma in realtà è gay e ha una relazione segreta con il quarterback Kevin, il ragazzo più popolare della scuola. Kevin però fa di tutto per non far uscire allo scoperto la verità, fino ad...more
I hate it when I like a book cause it said ZOMBIES on it, then I find out it's a third to a series. DUH! It was a flip and read kind of book. The first half a boys side of the story then flip it and then it's the girls. I read the boys and didn't flip it. Interesting.
Will Steinmetz
I think at some point, ever series has a book in it that is kind of a dud and I think this would be the one for the Russel Middlebrook series. While it was nice to have Min narrate some in the book, it was done all wrong. Going about it by splitting it up into two parts meant that the second part that Min narrated just continually rehashed things from the first part. A better alternative would've been to have alternated the chapters to cut down on that and make it a bit more cohesive on the time...more
Jesse Colton
Unfortunately, though the second Russel Middlebrook installment was as great as the first, the third one totally nosedives into barely interesting. There are some standard gay teen lit moments: parents being cold, unfeeling homophobes, priests trying to turn gay kids straight, and a love triangle between the ex-boyfriend and the new boyfriend, but for the most part this book was just boring. I wasn’t moved, I was barely even interested. (view spoiler)...more
First Reads Review - (3.5 Stars)
I enjoyed this book just as I enjoyed the first two books in the series some years before. I still find Russell's innocence and genuine openness endearing, but I love Min! Her unselfish qualities and willingness to go above and beyond for her friends makes any reader hope for a Min of their own in their lives. I loved the unique structure of this book with the same story told from two different points of view, but really wish that Mr. Hartinger would have mixed th...more
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In the first book, Russel fell in love with Kevin. Head over heels, totally enraptured by him, wanting to be with him forever kind of love. That didn’t work out when Kevin chose popularity over love.

In book two, Russel and his friends went to summer camp. It was there that Russel met Otto and found new love.

This time around, Otto is coming to visit, Russel’s parents ask him a shocking question, and th...more
I really liked this book, it had a good story line, not as good as the book before but still good. It was cute and sweet. Russell's story is obviously meant to be read before Min's, i also feel that his story had a little more emotion in it. Overall even though i like Min, i dont reckon shes a cool as Russell. Mr Hartinger sure tackles some issues in this book, Russell's situation suck yes, but its not so bad that it can't be overcome. I know people who have experienced harsher reaction, he is q...more
Nathan Bartos
So this is the third book in the Russel Middlebrook series (not that you'd be able to tell from the covers because they're SUCH DIFFERENT STYLES). This one is split into two halves having to flip over the book for the other part, which made it feel a little childish. I felt kind of embarrassed lugging this around because it looked SO LAME! But it was only called this because they were involved in being extras in a zombie movie. Anyways, the first side is from the perspective of Russel, who was t...more
May 13, 2012 Elisquared marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: GLBT lit readers
Split Screen by Brent Hartinger is the 3rd book in the Russel Middlebrook series. I was excited to find out there was another book, as I loved the 1st and 2nd books in the series. What's interesting about this one, however, is that follows the same story, but is told from two different viewpoints: Russel, the main character, and Min, his best friend. The flip-book aspect of the novel is a little gimmicky, but as I read, it ended up really working. I love the different little tid-bits you get fro...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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In ATTACK OF THE SOUL-SUCKING BRAIN ZOMBIES, Russel is forced to choose between the guy right at home that he wants, and the guy 500 miles away that he loves. He's also dealing with his parents, who have found out that he's gay and are none too pleased.

When you flip the book over and start reading BRIDE OF THE SOUL-SUCKING BRAIN ZOMBIES, it's Min's story that will have you rapidly flipping pages. When Min meets Leah, she has to decide if this girl,...more

I loved this book like I have the other two books in the Geography Club series, but I do have one suggestion for those reading it; don't read one story first and read another second. This is one flaw I found with the way the book was pieced together.

I decided to read this start with Russel's side, Chapter 1, and when I finished that chapter I would flip it over and read Min's side, Chapter 1, and so on. If you read them separately, even though the plotlines are different, there will be spoilers

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This book is not inherently flawed; it deals with many important issues about being a gay teenager, such as dealing with peers and coming out to parents. I read Brent Hartinger's books despite his writing. An immature writer, he sorely needs a stronger editor to cut out his cheesy lines and to force him to rework his stilted dialogue. Nevertheless, the characters and their lives are intriguing enough for me to continue with the series. Russel's coming-out to his parents is believable, as they co...more
The latest installment in the Russel Middlebrook series takes a bit of a different turn in terms of presentation. While I can understand that some might think the idea of reading a story and then reading it again from another character's perspective, I contend that Hartinger's choice and method were both ingenious and well-done. Thus far readers have seen everything through Russel's eyes (thus is the nature of first-person narration). Since a number of things happened to Russel's friend Min that...more
This is the third installment of The Russel Middlebrook series. The beginning events of this book does make it worth the read, I just didn't expect the second half to come out the way it did. An interesting concept, but I just felt like I was rereading much of it over again.

The time has come that Russel's parents finally hear what their son has been up to and what the club he attends every week is about. He isn't prepared for their questions but is honest and forthcoming with his answers. He d...more
This book is the collected experience of Russel and his BFF Min. So after you finish with Russel you get to read what was happening with Min -- and it's more than you may have thought. I'm awarding it a four star advocacy rating which means I really thought it was a three star book but has been inflated to be more appealing to encourage readership.

High school is a trying time and the issues Russel & Co faced in Geography Club are still important. When a young person comes out, it can be a s...more
Another sequel to Hartinger's The Geography Club, Split Screen tells two concurrent stories from different narrators--the familiar narrator Russell, and then his friend Min. While skimming the surface of real issues for queer teens in high school, readers familiar with this series will enjoy the fluff of this plot as they go along with Russell, Gunnar, Min, Otto, and Em as they work as extras during the local filming of a new teen zombie movie.
Jesse Parks
Double Feature: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies the third book in The Russel Middlebrook Series. Double feature is different from the first two books in the series as the second half of the story is narrated by Russel's friend Min. Granted a lot of the stories are the same I love the differences between the two stories and learning what was happening in Russel's story that didn't quite make sense.
Three close friends jump at the opportunity to be extras in zombie movie being filmed in the area. This is actually two stories in one; half the book is told from the perspective of Russel, then you flip the book upside-down and the other side tells of the same period of time from the point of view of Russel’s best friend Min. There is nothing to indicate which side you are to read first, and I do not think it matters in terms of the story. This is Hartinger’s third book about these characters....more
Best friends Russel, Min, and Gunnar answer a casting call for extras in Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies, a zombie movie set in a high school. In a cute flip book conceit, the book is two short novels in one: read from the front and get the story of Russel as his parents discover that he's gay, and he finds himself torn between ex-boyfriend Kevin and current long-distance boyfriend Otto. Read from the back and get the story of Min, as she finds herself attracted to (horrors!) a closeted...more
Lorena Oliveira
Min's side of the story, OMG, so surprisingly good!
At first I thought it was boring, even Russel's part. But this is the first book so far that has named the other situations in the other books - Kevin is Kevin again, not "that guy", and Otto is still in, and Em and everyone. The only thing that annoys me is the fact that the Geography Club is no longer relevant or even commented a lot. It is still "that club we founded" and nothing more.
The surprises in Min's part made the book WAY better than...more
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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 gay teen novel, Geography Club, which has been adapted into a feature film starring Scott Bakula, Marin Hinkle, Ana Gasteyer, Justin Deeley, and Nikki Blonsky. It was released in selected theaters and on VOD on November...more
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“I feel horrible. Like I'm this terrible person. I know I'm not. Being gay isn't anything to be ashamed of. But they're my parents. Up till now, they've always been right about everything. This time, they're wrong, but it still FEELS like they're right. Like I've made this huge mistake. Like I have something to be ashamed of. But it's even worse than that, because they're not making me feel bad for anything I've DONE, but for just being who I am. For being the same person I've ALWAYS been. So now I feel twice as bad. First, because it feels like I've made this huge mistake, and second, because I know I've completely disappointed them.” 0 likes
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