This sequel to Geography Club is as entertaining as the first book, although more serious. We get to know Russel better as we follow him through more...moreThis sequel to Geography Club is as entertaining as the first book, although more serious. We get to know Russel better as we follow him through more of his personal adventures. The book was fun and engaging. The story moved at a fast pace and it's multiple threads blended together well.
My one criticism is that the author sometimes appeared to be talking down to his audience. He tends to point out every nuance of analogy and metaphor to the readers. I know his target audience is teenagers, but he should have more faith in a teenager's ability to understand a good story.
I still think it's a good book, though. Brent Hartinger has a creative mind and, despite some flaws, I enjoyed The Order of The Poison Oak.(less)
I enjoyed the concept and execution of the book. It certainly covers some interesting ground. Owen Jamison, the protagonist, faces the same issues a l...moreI enjoyed the concept and execution of the book. It certainly covers some interesting ground. Owen Jamison, the protagonist, faces the same issues a lot of young gay people have to deal with - the acceptance of his family, the fear of rejection, and where to find a suitable partner. But it's more complicated for Owen, being a conjoined twin. The person who's approval he wants (his brother) is connected to him at all times. Rejection stings even harder. To search for a romantic partner, he needs his brother's cooperation. Through this book the brothers struggle between cooperation and competition, and each has to learn the true meaning of selfless love.
Overall, it was a fun read. I'm giving it three stars instead of five beacuse there were aspects of the book I had trouble believing, specifically the level of self involvement of Owen's brother, Porter. I understand that sibling relationships can be complicated, but it is difficult to believe that anybody who is constantly in such close contact with another person could be so unaware. (less)
**spoiler alert** Well, I'm an adult and I usually don't read mainstream young adult fiction unless it's a crossover into another genre (or very famou...more**spoiler alert** Well, I'm an adult and I usually don't read mainstream young adult fiction unless it's a crossover into another genre (or very famous). But, I knew this author from his other work, so I decided to check out his books.
Geography Club follows the story of Russel, a gay teen experiencing his first love, as he navigates the treacherous social landscape at his high school. This book was a funny, light hearted read. It doesn't make the mistake of being to earnest or serious in it's exploration of teen social issues. It's fun and fast paced. At the same time, the characters are faced with real moral issues, as most high school kids are. Like most high school kids, they don't always make the right decisions. They struggle between doing the right thing and trying to fit in, just as most of us have. Despite the fact that the characters may make some wrong choices along the way, I was able to sympathise with them. When they do eventually find their way, I cheered for them even more.
One slight criticism of the book is that, with the exception of Kevin, the love interest, some of the characters are presented at a somewhat surface level. For example, Gunnar is one of Russel's best friends, but we don't really get to understand Gunnar's thoughts until the end. But then, Gunnar's role in the plot was specific, and it was necessary to keep the reader uncertain about Gunnar's actions until the end. Min, Russel's other best friend, who served as a foil for Russel and the other flawed characters, was shown in more detail, as was Kevin, who was the center of Russel's moral conflict.
I hear there are talks of it being made into a movie, and I certainly hope that happens! It would be a great movie.(less)