gaysandklainebows said: Hey! :) Sorry to bother you again, but I thought that there was going to be a new book this year? But when you answered me, you said 2015. I'm sorry if I'm wrong but I remember reading your blog and thinking that. (And I really hope that the book comes out this year) Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions :) I love the books, they are really good! I think I read them in like a day :D And happy to hear that you would like to visit Helsinki :) Love, Janita

Sorry, I made a mistake. The next book (THE THING I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW) is out THIS year, in 2014. December 15, 2014. The next book after that (BAREFOOT IN THE CITY OF BROKEN DREAMS) is out August, 2015. Sorry for the confusion!

gaysandklainebows said: Hey! When is the new book in the Russell Middlebrook Series coming out! I can't wait :) Love from Finland!

The exact release date is December 15, 2015. 



P.S. Dying to visit Helsinki one day.

thesoulshouldalwaysstandajar said: Hey there Brent. I've seen geography club and read the first book but I heard there is also a play adaptation. As a theatre actor it would really interest me and I was wondering how to find the play. I've scoured the internet and can't find a way to purchase or read it. :/

Hey there. Did I already send it to you? If not, drop me an email, and I’ll send you a copy:

Anonymous said: Hi Brent! I managed to finish the middlebrook series in two days flat and wow, I really couldn't put the books down. Can I just say how I really love Otto? He was a really great friend/lover. Everyone deserves an Otto in their lives, don't you think? Anyway, just wanted you to know what a great series it was! Hope you keep writing :D

Thank you, really appreciate that! You’ll be happy to know that Otto will be back in the book i’m working on now (not the one out later this year, but the one out in 2015).


Brent Hartinger

fanboywatchtower said: Hello Brett, I have a question. First loved the movie, plan on reading the series starting tomorrow. My question is, how do you feel about the movie cutting out Min's bisexuality? The fact the characters span the spectrum is part of the love

Yeah that sucks, doesn’t it? I guess there just wasn’t room. It’s hard for me to criticize the producers, because they did so many other things well. And I know if they ever do the second movie (which they want to, but it’s very unlikely), then they’ll have a chance to get more into that.

Thanks for the question! :-)

Brent Hartinger

neverstoprunningtome said: Hi Brent! After watching Geography Club I went to the library and checked out the first three books. I just finished reading book one (It took me two and a half hours...) and I'm excited for the rest of the series. One thing that's bothering me is the movie version of Kevin. I feel like they vilified him for not deciding to come out, when in reality he was just a scared teenager. I was wondering how you felt about this, since book! Kevin was more developed.


That’s an interesting take. The fact is, movies have a pretty quick running time, so they couldn’t really develop all the characters the way I could in the books. I also got a chance to develop Kevin much more fully in the sequels that followed.

All that said, I really did like Justin Deeley’s performance as Kevin. He communicated quite a bit just with his demeanor and with his eyes.

Ultimately, though, I agree with you: he was just a scared teenager who had good reasons to do what he did. He’s definitely not a villain!

Thanks for the question.


Anonymous said: Where is Russel Middlebrook from? I mean, I read some plots on google and they talk about "Goodkind High School" but not about which town/state Russel is from.

Yeah, I made the specific decision to leave the place unnamed. I sort of wanted to create the sense of isolation that Russel felt/feels, and also create the sense of being in high school, where ultimately most of what matters takes place on campus (and off-campus, with friends).

But I’m working on book #5 now (which is set in the present, with Russel at age 23, out of college). And in that book I reveal that he’s living in Seattle. That means the place where he grew up would be south of there — probably around Tacoma. Washington (although that’s not exact, since Tacoma’s a little bigger than the city in the books). Tacoma is also where I went to high school.

Thanks for the question!


Anonymous said: If you had the chance to choose the actors/actress who would you choose to play Russell's lovers in the next 3 movies if y'all had the opportunity?

Hmmm, that’s a good question. Maybe Dylan O’Brian for Otto. Spencer Boldman for Web and/or Declan. And Shad Moss for Wade.

Anonymous said: If the producers want to do another movie, why is it still not likely? I really hope they do it, the first one was spectacular.

Well, it’s always complicated/difficult to finance a movie. There’s a lot of money involved! Most producers don’t have that kind of money themselves, so they have to raise it, which is sometimes easier said than done.  

Anonymous said: You did a wonderful job with the movie and books. The series would be an inspirational to everyone that is having problems with coming out. I watched the movie first and then read the books. I did it backwards. But I really do hope you do movies to all of these books because the movie turn out really well. And if you do movies to go along with the book such as geography club I would like for you to keep the same actors and actress.

Thank you, I really appreciate that. I hope they do more movies too! And yeah, I would love it if they used the same actors. They’re uniformly terrific, aren’t they?