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Book 4 in the Lambda Award-winning Russel Middlebrook Series!

People aren't always what they seem to be. Sometimes we even surprise ourselves.

So discovers seventeen-year-old Russel Middlebrook in The Elephant of Surprise, a stand-alone sequel to Brent Hartinger's landmark 2003 gay teen novel Geography Club (which has now been adapted as a feature film co-starring Scott Bakula and Nikki Blonsky).

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 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?

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.


The Elephant of Surprise
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3.9 / 5
The Elephant of MEH
October 22nd, 2013
Sometimes Russel is just full of it. I think he lost the charm he had in The Order of the Poison Oak. There's not much character growth going on here. I really like Gunnar though. I think Gunnar would have been mote interesting.
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The Elephant of Surprise is AWESOME
March 26th, 2013
Let me start of by saying this is the best book from the series! The BEST one i can confirm! Why because I'm a sucker for great HAPPY endings :) I am sad with what happened with Otto though. That one felt abrupt but I guess I was so smitten with the entry of Wade in the story. Freeganism indeed is a cool thing and i respect it. It was sad though that he used it to recruit Russel but it was a great twist in the story. Now on the part of Kevin. I was really overjoyed on how it turned out for the both of them. I really love the part where Kevin cried due to his fear of loosing Russel again. That really showed how madly and deeply in live he is with Russel. That moment was just damn priceless! Immaculate and divine i must add. This book just topped my list of favorite LGBT books. I cried when i read that Russel saw Kevin crying. I felt the emotions. This book is a must read for LGBT fans out there! 5 stars! :)
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